Certification Study Update

Tuesday, June 12, 2007 9:00 AM by Michael Paladino

I typically don't like to see posts along the lines of "Sorry, I haven't blogged lately. I've been busy." However, this blog is supposed to be about studying for my MCPD certification, so I thought I would explain my lack of blogging lately.

First, my employer moved from an older building where we were busting at the seams to a much more modern building with plenty of room for growth. Our server room went from a shelf next to the bathroom door to an actual computer room with a raised floor and a dedicated air conditioner unit. I also now have a private office rather than being in a room with three cubicles and I can definitely attest to the increase in productivity that a private office brings. Anyway, the move took a couple of weeks of my focus and therefore my studies suffered. Also up until a couple of weeks ago, I was under a pretty tight deadline that didn't allow time to study.

I have however begun again and I have finished Chapters 2 and 3 of the Training Kit book having to do with Input / Output, Text Encoding, and Regular Expressions. It's all stuff I've done before, but so far the practice questions seem to be very syntax-focused. This scares me because I haven't memorized syntax since I started programming with Visual Studio and Intellisense a couple of years ago. If anybody that has taken exam 70-536 has any input on this, I'd love to hear from you. For now, I feel like I'm just going to have to do a lot of memorization rather than just understanding the concepts which was my initial expectation. Oh well, I guess if it was easy, everybody would be an MCPD.

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