…and Blanca on the bass.
After three lessons of Rackspace’s CloudU Certification curriculum I have seen some good, some bad and some just plain ugly. Let me preface this post by saying one thing: I am not a grammar Nazi. You may even find mistakes in my punctuation and grammar on this blog. However, when you’re writing lesson plans for a certification, I would hope someone has proofread your material. It seems this is not the case for this certification. Ben Kepes has multiple errors in punctuation and grammar.
I can get past a few things, but missing words or just using the complete wrong words to explain how something technical works is just bad. Not only can it cause some serious confusion if you are not already familiar with how cloud technology works, but it also takes away some of the power your certification offers. If I were to tell my boss, a friend or someone I respected that I took this program and then they went through and saw these mistakes, they are going to question the validity of whatever else is being written around cloud computing and also question my judgment. This is not a question that should come up. I should be in awe of the raw power of the cloud, question why I haven’t integrated it into my environment and most of all want to keep going through with the curriculum.
All that being said, I am still obligated to go through with this program. While the writing is marginal at best, the format of the curriculum so far makes sense. It starts out slow, sure, but it should. Rackspace is trying to teach all sorts of folks. So far the only thing I have actually learned from the program is the difference between Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and Platform as a Service (PaaS), which is helpful when trying to understand the cloud stack. I’m hoping the pace will pick up in future lessons as I still look forward to learning more about cloud computing. Perhaps even the writing will improve.