Passed #MCSA Certification

I decided to study for the MCSA from Microsoft to earn an MCSA for Data Platform

First test was the 70-461, I passed on 2nd attempt, blogged about it here:

Second was the 70-463, passed on 2nd attempt, blogged about it here:

Third, was the 70-462, I passed today on 2nd attempt.


Microsoft® Certified Solutions Associate
Certification Number : E828-3044 Achievement Date : 05/29/2014 Certification/Version : SQL Server 2012

Microsoft Certified Professional
Certification Number : E507-4609 Achievement Date : 12/12/2013 Certification/Version : Microsoft Certified Professional


Exam ID Description Date Completed

462 Administering Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Databases May 29, 2014
463 Implementing a Data Warehouse with Microsoft SQL Server 2012 May 09, 2014
461 Querying Microsoft SQL Server 2012 Dec 12, 2013

Microsoft also offers 2 additional tests to earn an MCSE SQL Data Platform and the MCSE for all technology's.

Requires 2 exams:

Here's some #Microsoft Training Sites:


Being a programmer, the learning never ends.


Why Program?

Programming is not easy.  Things change.  Fast.  Frequently.  Get more complex.  With limited time to learn and explore.

Not everyone is cut out to program.  It requires logical critical thinking, attention to details, the unknown, countless problems that need solving, expectations, deadlines, clients, estimates, multi tasking.

Why would anyone want to become a programmer?

Because it offers creativity, solve problems, change, freedom, create things, spontaneity, constant learning, task oriented, never the same day twice.

Working as a consultant, we spend time in front of the client a lot, and I'm comfortable presenting in front of groups at all levels.  Consultants are part sales people, part programmer, part QA, part Project Manager, part Business Analyst.

One thing that people don't like hearing is the word "no".  They want results, not complaints.  So I've learned that the customer is always right.  And I'm sure I could polish my appearance a bit more, if you've read this blog for any period of time you probably guessed that I'm a bit non conformist, in the business world, that's not a great trait to have.  Perhaps room for improvement there.

So programming offers opportunity for growth, plain and simple.  That's probably the best part about it.


ASP.net Evolves

Microsoft's programming platform has finally evolved.  It's now cross platform and runs IOS as well as Linux.  And it's Open Source.

Get the details here: http://graemechristie.github.io/graemechristie/blog/2014/05/26/asp-dot-net-vnext-on-osx-and-linux/

I started with Visual Basic 4, 5 & 6, then went to ASP, then .net.  I always wondered why they didn't have a Microsoft Virtual Machine, similar to the Java Virtual Machine.  Decades went by, and now this.  Pretty awesome~!

Today's Tweets on #Cloud

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