For whatever reason in my career so far I’ve never HAD to take any Microsoft certification exams. A few times I was planning to but my job’s primary requirements of me put that to the back burner. I suspect like a lot of people in the technology industry we’ve learnt from experience, Googling what we needed to know when we needed to know and never worried too much about things we never think we’re likely to need to know.
Now, in my current job at Attenda I get study leave, time off where I get to sit at home and study. That sounds great doesn’t it? Well it is. So this week I’m actually reading my 70-432 (SQL Server 2008 admin) book and am amazed at the following:
- unless you use SQL Server day in day out you probably don’t realise just how many nice features and deep capabilities there are now
- how you sometimes have always done things may get the job done but there’s probably a new way that’s easier, simpler, better, more preferred these days
- reading a book knowing you’re going to be tested on your interpretation of what was in it is quite scary
It’s something I can recommend a few days into my learning experience, its obviously achievable as thousands do it, I just hope a few more days and weeks as I get nearer to the exam I’m still as enthusiastic!
I’ll save my thoughts about the proof reading of the book I’m using for another post…