This post is a collection of useful links I found to become a better php professional. There is no other aim to have it available for me to check it when I have spare time so it’s not proper written and documented. I write this, by this I mean this blog, as an open public notebook where people can learn, correct and give me and others some tips.
If you are learning PHP or improving your knowledge, you can found this post quiet interesting.
Zend Certified Engineer
This Certification is language focus and you should know PHP inside out to pass the exam. Check all topics covered on zend website http://www.zend.com/en/services/certification/php-5-certification you can check all topics. There is also other Zend certifications that may be useful for you: Zend 2 Certificated Architect http://www.zend.com/en/services/certification/framework-2 but this is focused on Zend Framework and I’m not going to focus on that here.
- php|architect’s Zend PHP 5 Certification Study Guide (32$-36$)
- Zend|PHP Certification Study Guide ($19.95)
- Tuts+ Premium|What’s new in PHP? (19$ normally)
- PHP manual
Lornajane ZCE collection: https://bitly.com/bundles/lornajane/3
Sensiolabs Certified Developer
This certification is focused on Symfony framework and ecosystem. Check all the topics on https://sensiolabs.com/en/symfony/certification.html.
A link regarding the Symfony certification:
http://vincent.composieux.fr/article/certificationy-a-cli-tool-to-train-on-symfony-certification. A CLI tool to train on Symfony certification
Great resource, thanks Albert! Do you think it is worthwhile to get these professional certifications and how would you rate them in difficulty?
Do you think it is worthwhile to get these professional certifications?
There is a post on Sitepoint where they explain the pros and cons of getting one of those certifications : http://www.sitepoint.com/pros-cons-zend-certification/
I think it is worthwhile for you and your employer.
They aren’t expensive and your employer may be willing to pay for it. From the point of view of your employer it is worth because they can add that certification in their current portafolio and give them extra value. (Example: http://inviqa.com/about/certifications/ )
Your benefits can be a higher pay, more responsibility or in case you were applying for a job it’s a real proof of your experience that makes you stand out versus other candidates.
There is less than 1000 php certified engineers in UK: http://www.zend.com/en/services/certification/zend-certified-engineer-directory#cid=229&certtype_php=on&certtype=PHP&firstname=&lastname=&company=&ClientCandidateID=
How you rate them in difficulty?
It’s for experts, not for people who is starting in that language but I have not had a chance on the exam so I can’t tell.
I published today a new book about the Symfony certification for those of you interested in taking the exam. It contains more than 250 sample questions with detailed explanations, takeaways and hands-on exercises 🙂 https://leanpub.com/symfony-selfstudy
I’m adding it right now to the post. I have another book for my reading list!