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  1. #1
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    Unanswered: SQL Server Certifications - Advices Needed

    Hey, SQL Server gurus and experts, please offer your precious advices -

    (1) Is it worth going for MCDBA now, when Microsoft has stopped supporting SQL Server 2000 and many companies are upgrading to version 2005 ?

    (2) Is MCTS* - SQL Server 2005 useful for SQL Server programmers as well ?

    Thank you in advance.


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    1. do not study SS2K.

    2. i thought the new one was the MCITP.
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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    Smile MCTS: SQL Server 2005

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mc...l/default.mspx

    This is totally the way to go. I was looking into MCDBA as well. Even though I still use SS2K at work daily taking 3 test to get one cert for outdated software instead of educating myself to pass one test on software that is still growing in it's adoption makes a heck of a lot more sense.

    I have a certification in Windows 95 that is meaningless now too.

    If you can always cert for newer software.

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    I've learned more reading blogs, articles, webcasts, podcasts and the like then I did from spending 2 weeks in a classroom studying for my MCTS.
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    sql server on the pod is sacrilege.
    “If one brings so much courage to this world the world has to kill them or break them, so of course it kills them. The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places. But those that will not break it kills. It kills the very good and the very gentle and the very brave impartially. If you are none of these you can be sure it will kill you too but there will be no special hurry.” Earnest Hemingway, A Farewell To Arms.

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    In my (humble?) opinion, there are three reasons to go for a certification:

    1. You're new to the field and trying to get your foot in the door.
    2. It gives your manager a warm fuzzy.
    3. You get some kind of incentive to do so. (Bonus or other perk.)

    Otherwise, you can learn a lot more by just immersing yourself in the technology. (See post #4.)

    Thanks,

    -D.
    David Maxwell
    Data Integrity? Yeah, I've heard of that...

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    There's certainly no harm in doing them (other than to your wallet) but the courses only give you so much; the rest will have to come from you pushing yourself to learn and gain practical experience.

    And yep - it does look good on a CV, but if that's your only reason for doing it then you're in the wrong business
    George
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    I was considering this but I have trouble focusing on material I don't use day to day. I won't remember it and it seems wasteful. I'd rather just deep dive into the material and let real world problems be my lesson plan, not some corny advertureworks scenario.

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