August 31, 2018
I’m proficient in Angular.js according to PluralSight (tl;dr – I’m not)
February 25, 2018
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.
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
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
node.js locally as a test environment. I am definitely much more familiar with regular
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
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.