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Greetings, It's that time of year again. The time when I beg you for money for charity. See, unlike those bell ringers outside Wal-Mart, I don't do it when you have ten bazillion holiday obligations... Once again, I will be enduring a 24-hour marathon of gaming to raise money for Children Hospital in Birmingham. All the money goes straight to them, and you get to tell Uncie Samual that you're good for that money. I'd REALLY like to break $1000 this year, as I have come REALLY close for the past 2 ......

I was recently speaking to a gentleman at a conference about various forms of educations. Specifically, we were speaking about the value of education versus certification. I told the gentleman I would reflect on the subject and post my thoughts here. Before I begin, I want to make one point extremely clear. I am giving this meditation as a developer to a developer. Although I have seen MANY parallels to IT professionals, my experience with IT pros would lead me to have slightly different thoughts ......