I have some things I'd like to vent about taking the Adobe ColdFusion certification exam. Its more of frustration I guess.
First of all, what were the test writers thinking when they wrote the test? I had four (yes 4) questions on the <cfinsert> tag (I cannot discuss the contents of the questions due to a signed NDA). Oh my goodness. I very likely got all 4 questions wrong because in my 7+ years of writing in CF I have never once used the tag. Frankly, I think it should have been deprecated years ago.
So I polled a few people at the conference (Ray Camden, Michael Dinowitz, Simeon Bateman, etc.). Not only do they not use it, but all of them agreed that they would have likely failed the questions as well.
So, what if I had failed the exam? Does that mean I'm not an expert because I don't use tags like <cfinsert> and <cfupdate>? I seriously would have thought that best practices would be higher on the chain of questions making it into the exam.
Why have I never used <cfinsert> or <cfupdate>? Because Alaire (the original creators of ColdFusion) told me not to in training tutorials they wrote and sold. That (to me) is documentaiotn right from the developers saying not to use the tags. Yet here I'm taking a test that says I need to know it. (sigh...)
In case anyone is interested, the tutorials I'm talking about were a package you could have bought with CF4 (when I first got into CF heavily back in 1999).
There were other questions that I wasn't too happy about which consisted of bad grammar and a few poorly written questions. I asked a few people about their experiences during the CF exam and they all had comments about poorly written questions.
My suggestion to Adobe: Maybe reconsider new ways to have reviewers check ot the tests. Like ask the Adobe ACE team to volunteer to be beta testers of these tests (since they consist of mostly CF experts) or other current Advanced ColdFusion Certified Developers.