Category Archives: Certification

So You Want to Work at Microsoft?

I love SQL Server. [1] I love working for Microsoft. [2] For me, these two loves are two things that go well together. I also love competition. If you love SQL Server as much as I do (and if you … Continue reading

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Hey, That Was Fun!

As you probably know, I’m a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT). As you may not know, MCTs are required to renew their certification each year, and the 2009 renewal period is currently underway. I got my MT 2009 welcome kit a … Continue reading

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Get on the Bus!

if (you.Location.Match(“Atlanta”,     “Charlotte”, “Philadelphia”, “Columbus”,     “Indianapolis”, “St. Louis”, “Kansas City”,     “Denver”, “Albuquerque”, “Phoenix”,     “Las Vegas”, “Los Angeles”) ==         MatchResults.CloseEnough) {     you.EnterContest(“Get on the Bus”); } if (you.WinContest(“Get on the Bus”)) {     you.AttendConference(Microsoft.Conference.TechEd,         … Continue reading

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I’m Certifiable – Are You?

Odd are, if you read this blog you are certifiable. One way or the other. But of course, I’m talking about Microsoft technical certifications in the developer and IT Professional world. (What were you thinking?) I’ve been a Microsoft Certified … Continue reading

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Certification Offers at PASS

Are you going to be at the PASS Community Summit 2008 conference next month in Seattle? I am, and you should be too. Why? Well, if the opportunity to attend amazing sessions and rub shoulders with members of the SQL … Continue reading

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Losing My MVP

Since the beginning of the year I’ve had the Microsoft Most Valuable Professional (MVP) logo on my blog. I’ve been delighted to be honored with the MVP award, because is is an acknowledgment of the effort I’ve made to give … Continue reading

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My Interview With Chris Shaw

Chris Shaw is the conference director for the SSWUG vConferences that I have been blogging about for the past few months. Last week he sent out a set of interview questions to the various conference chairs[1] asking questions about careers … Continue reading

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MCT Summit Event Follow-Up

I’ve just returned from a whirlwind trip to Berlin, Germany, where I was presenting at the 2008 MCT Summit conference that Microsoft organized for the worldwide Microsoft Certified Trainer community. Despite the fact that I had a 24-hour day yesterday … Continue reading

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Architecture: The right tool for the job

Way back when, almost 10 years ago now, I got my first Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) certification. In addition to passing exams on Visual Basic 5.0 and SQL Server 6.5 database development, I also needed to pass two “Architecture” … Continue reading

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