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I am now an MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)...

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As mentioned awhile back, I needed to pick up some knowledge on SQL Server 2000, and I used the certification test 70-229 (Database Design And Implementation) as a side goal for my learning.  I took the test today and passed it, so now I can stick MCP behind my name (along with my Sun and various IBM/Lotus cert initials)...

A couple of recommendations on books to study for this if you are so inclined.  The MCSE: SQL Server 2000 Design Study Guide was my primary study tool, and I found it quite helpful.  Good information and exercises, and a good set of sample questions on CD for you to use to prep yourself.  I also had a copy of Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Database Design And Implementation Training Kit.  This book just didn't do it for me.  It was not set up as well as the other guide, and it was infinitely more difficult to read.  If I had relied solely on this book, I probably would have failed.

Sigh...  so nice to be done with that study effort.  A night off, and then time to start on a Websphere cert!  :-)  It never ends...

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Gravatar Image1 - Cool! We've found the M.C.P.! Someone go find TRON! He must be around he somewhere! Man, he's been looking for you.......

--Andrew

Gravatar Image2 - Ohh, cool. Maybe I should start offering courses and give out certifications. That would be fun.

Gravatar Image3 - Andrew... I STILL like that movie...

Ben... When I become a RTFCP (Rich Text Field Certified Professional), THEN you can feel unqualified... Until then, you're (literally) head and shoulders above me...

Ed... We DO have just about the same hairline, don't we...

Gravatar Image4 - another one goes to the dark side. I am your father.....

Gravatar Image5 - Congrats! I feel so, so... unqualified to hang out here anymore.

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