I’m proficient in Angular.js according to PluralSight (tl;dr – I’m not)

February 25, 2018

#Angular #JavaScript #jQuery #MySQL #React.js

According to PluralSight these are my proficiencies

I know that this kind of thing is very subjective – but I took some online tests to see how I would perform. I particularly enjoyed TestDome which involves live coding. It’s a challenge doing something against the clock – even when all of the usual lookups and documentation are available. These tests were not easy. There is enough time to look up specific references or syntax – but you have to know what to look up. That seems fairly real world.

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Meanwhile – I found out about PluralSight via their tie-in with StackOverflow. I have been following various of their ‘paths’ (courses) recently as a way of consolidating / structuring / revising some of what I know – and learning some new stuff. The courses seem mostly very good.

But I was less sure about their testing. The first surprise was when I scored ‘Proficient’ on Angular.js. I got a badge. Yay! Ok – so it’s a JavaScript thing and I know a little bit about Design Patterns which helped. But I haven’t ever used Angular.js so far and I am definitely not proficient. I just tried to choose feasible answers.

These are multiple choice tests against the clock. There is no time to Google the answers. But if you read the questions carefully and have a good general knowledge of web technologies in general then many of the answers will come. You can have two goes at the tests – but you’ll get different questions.

I wasn’t surprised to do ok at the jQuery test – or that I scored relatively low on CSS. I always have to refer the documentation for CSS – even though I have used it a lot. But I was definitely surprised to score higher on node.js than on JavaScript – since I have only ever used node.js locally as a test environment. I am definitely much more familiar with regular JavaScript. Although I often have to remind myself how to do something the regular JavaScript way if I have been buried in jQuery for a while.

And apparently I’m an ‘Expert’ with MySQL. In reality I’m a competent beginner and I get stuff done by reading the documentation or carefully looking at Stack Overflow answers. I’m actually quite weak on using SQL in general – although I have no doubt that I would be quickly up to speed if that was what I was doing every day.

My other proficiencies apparently include C++, React, ‘Security For Hackers & Developers’ and ASP.NET MVC5. In reality I know about the same re React as I know about AngularJS. And I haven’t written any C++ for maybe 20 years. I would have to start again with that. I currently know very little about the world of Microsoft solutions in general (things have moved on a bit since I was programming Visual Basic). I’m just not ‘Proficient’ in all of these technologies. I wish that I were. And everything I know about security is from recipes, checklists and podcasts.

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