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Skill Comparison for Developers

Published 09/22/2011 and rated Ratingstars3 3 out of 5 stars
by AppAppeal Editor
What can you use the app for?

Gild gives developers a place to create an online profile and show off their skills. The site encourages users to showcase what they can do and their work experience. Profiles can be compared to those of other users. Gild gives users a way to benchmark what they can do based on others in the industry to help the user determine where they can use improvement or how they can expand on their existing skills. After creating a Gild profile, the user can share it on popular social networks, including Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. The user can take challenges which include a series of questions. Users who fall into the top 2% of all who took the challenge are listed as a top performer. The user's skill ratings are shown on their Gild profile however their detailed certification scores remain private.

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What is the history and popularity of the app?

Gild was created to give developers a way to see where they stand in their industry. The application allows users to compare themselves to existing companies. Through the Gild network, the creators hoped to construct a global talent map that included users from many countries. The site currently supports an endorsement system, giving developers another way to expand their profiles and improve their standing in the Gild community as well as the world marketplace.

What are the differences to other apps?

Many social networks are available to give professionals a place to show what they can do. The Gild website stands out because it focuses on developers and provides a number of ways to compare profiles. The user can see how they measure up against other companies by participating in Gild's challenges. The endorsement system also encourages users to support one another. One reputable company can endorse another, improving the second company or individual's standing in the Gild community. The application also connects to three of the most popular social networks currently used by professional developers.

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How does the web app look and feel to use?

The Gild website invites users with a professional yet personable appearance. The design is very clean and well organized, with open spaces surrounding the content at the center of each page. Attractive color icons and images highlight the content and add to the light grey and orange color scheme found throughout the site. Gild is a site that professionals wouldn't mind sharing with other professionals. The tidy design also allows new users to learn how to navigate profiles and challenges with minimal effort.

How does the registration process work?

A new user can join the Gild community by clicking the blue and white "Get Started" button positioned at the bottom, center of the homepage. After clicking the button, a pop up box appears and reveals two blue buttons. The first is for users who would like to sign up through Facebook and the second is for users who prefer to register with LinkedIn. After selecting one of the buttons, the user is asked to log in to their profiles and provide Gild with access to the account. New users must have one of these two accounts to join Gild. This makes sense because the application includes many social networking features.

What does it cost to use the application?

All users are welcome to join the Gild community at no cost. There are no subscription fees or other expenses required to create an account. The user must be willing to link an existing Facebook or LinkedIn profile, however there is no monetary cost required. Users can take certification tests for free as well. The site does not limit the user, however there is a three day waiting period before certification results are made available. This time period is used to ensure that the certification was taken legitimately to limit the chances that a user cheated for a favorable score.

Who would you recommend the application to? is a website intended entirely for developers. The user can show what they know by taking a Gild certification test. Users can also earn and give endorsements to show their support for fellow professionals that they feel are qualified and deserve recognition. Developers who maintain one or more social networking profile on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn will benefit the most. The site helps developers establish where they stand among competing companies while giving them a place to display their experience and skills.

  • Users can build a professional developer profile
  • Gild certification tests allow users to prove their knowledge
  • Challenges allow users to see how they compare against competing companies
  • A job search tool is built into the Gild website
  • Users can link Gild to their Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter profiles

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