I Know Kung Fu

After having seen The Matrix, every geek on the planet wishes he or she could translate his or her wicked development skills into a martial arts black belt. Looks like some guys from Belgium have provided the next best thing. You can earn a belt for your programming skills!

Before you rush over to the site to prove your manhood (or womanhood), be warned that it's still under development. They have the first two belt tests available in a beta form, but they're still pretty rough. The test for the yellow belt is 10 questions, and I took issue with at least four of them. The good thing is, though, that during the test beta, you can leave comments on the questions to help the author improve them. The even better thing is that you can add your own questions!

JavaBlackBelt.com is something that's been long overdue: a community certification. The community determines what knowledge is required to pass a test. The community decides what technologies are important. The community determines what tests are needed. I will be very interested to see how this site works out. I'm a little afraid that a community certification will be like the Senate voting themselves raises. Instead of raising the bar, they might just lower it. However, if we all contribute, this site could become a very good thing.

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