Certification is needed primarily to the employer. For the certification employer's company receives bonuses from Microsoft. The certification exam is not affected your skills (you not learn any technology and purchase any skill). The first thing an employer looks a skills and not the a certificate MCPD. May be I am not right but my certification proved it to me.
I company I do side work for is changing credit card payment processors and I was asked to be involved in the process. My main job is software development and customer support for tiny software company. (One programmer, me) As a developer, and taking every opportunity to automate processes, my first thought was that we should be able to get an export for our customers that are setup for automatic billing from the system we are leaving, and import this information into the new system. These customers have, at some sime or another, provided us with signed authorization forms with full card information. Policy is that once the card numbers have been entered into the online system, all but the last 4 card numbers are blacked out. My problem is that the only export I can get from the old system has the card numbers obfuscated, only showing the last four, and no expiration date is available. When I mentioned this to the facilities supervisor, she said that we are not planning to try to import. She has new authorization forms for the recurring customers which will give us their card numbers again. To me, this is a complete waste of time and resources. Between all the facilities, I would estimate that we have between 300 and 400 customers that will be affected. A change in our payment system should not affect our customers, or cause them any undue inconvenience. I am sure that someone out there has experience with moving customer credit card records from one system to another. First, I just want to make sure that the company we are leaving will allow us to retrieve full card numbers and expiration dates for our customers. (information that we had to ke in to their system) Any advise would be helpful.
I am working in a project .net web application which has oracle as backend. I never worked with sql server and I don’t have any knowledge of sql server. Whether It may affect my career? Is it needed for me to sql server by own?
If you know Oracle and so also sql, you will not have particular problems to pass at sql server, its very simple and user-frendly. Anyway if you use Oracle in .net kwowlede lekeage of sql server will not be a problem
you need to take care of some points like
do not write as for table name aliasing eg tableA as ta it is incorrect
do not add  or single quote for column name aliasing on write as eg. column1 as c1
do not user 36 chat long parameter name
use join instead of writing inner join
can not add in dates
With little syntax difference but significant environment difference.
I am an asp.net web developer with 1 year + experience. Along with my work I also read different articles, technical bogs of .NET. I generally work with Asp.net 3.5 webforms, jquery and oracle in backend. I may have some work in silver light also. Now I am looking for doing some certifications related to my work. I have applied for 70-536 (.NET framework 3.5 application development foundation) and preparing for it. I basically want some suggestion regarding what next I should do?
We have here intensive (think LOUD) discussions about how many programmers we need for our project.
I would be happy if you could give me an estimate about how many you think we need to see if I'm completely wrong or not.
- It is a product, not a customer specific app only for one customer.
- We must develop an test it, then install and support it on the customers sites.
- We are faced with our old sins... err, I mean versions (Patching old versions)
- There are components running on the customers server and on their clients (10...1000).
- For all customers an upgrade path must exist for the data in database and for server/client apps.
- Web application with various pages.
- Webservice with many webservices also for third party apps (we must negotiate these with them)
- A database for central data handling (SQL Server, ANY version > 7, many tables, storedPros)
- In total about 46 Visual Studio projects which must be built and with Installshield (four more projects) converted to a setup
- It supports four user languages.
- It must be tested on OS >= WinXP and different IE versions (you know the pitfalls)
- About 399'000 lines of code in 1440 files (without comments and autogenerated code, counted with LOCCounter from Microsoft with standard settings).
What do you think who many employees does such a project need?
It would be nice hearing an estimate from you.
I’m a junior programmer, I’ve had over three years of experience working with .NET Framework (C#, VB, little Silverlight). My question is where I can find a programmer mentor? Because in my actual job they don’t do that actually they think is a waste of time.
I really like this website and I will like to start collaborating with articles and more but since I’m a junior programmer and the articles are read by many people I’m not sure how to do it the right way
Where I can find a Mentor or Work with someone for free in order to learn more?
How can I start collaborating with this website, my goal will be someday become a MVP Code Project professional
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I've been developing professionally for about 3 years now. My primary job is all C#. I didn't study Computer Science at my university, so therefore I don't have a lot of the basic classes. I took some lower level CS classes, including assembly language, but no data structures. Would it be worth it to try to take a data structures course? Would it be worth it to try to learn it from a textbook on my own? At the moment my only choice is trying to take it online as the closest university is about an hour away. I feel like if I was asked questions about data structures in an interview I wouldn't have good answers. Would textbook knowledge be sufficient?
Text book knowledge is never sufficient buddy at least when you are working in the industry. Always think from the practical perspective. Data Structure is very important to understand when you are writing the code professionally. Because when it comes to professional IT developer you have to consider performance, structure of the programmer, ease of developement, impact of variuos options available etc. Only theorotical knowledge is never going to help you in this scenario.
I've been working on a bachelors program for Comp Sci. I'm taking a few semesters off as I've just had a new addition to the family and was considering working on a microsoft certification during this time. (specifically the MCTS .NET 3.5/ASP.Net certification).
I don't develop professionally though I eventually hope to. In a recent conversation with a friend of mine who is a developer whose opinion I respect, he told me that I shouldn't waste time bothering with a certification and that many knowledgeable developers view the certs as simply indicating someone who can take a test.
I know ultimately that experience counts the most when you're getting hired and I would hope to build a portfolio of projects on the side that I could demonstrate aptitude with....however at the resume level is a degree in Computer Science or a Certification in a specific platform worth more?
I guess more specifically I'm curious if this community feels the MCTS developer certifications are worth the effort?
Certifications can be viewed as simply an indication that you can take a test, but they also show that you are able and willing to make an effort to educate yourself, which is obvously a positive asset when looking for a job. However, most employers (especially in these recession hit times) view experience as the most important asset when hiring. If you have time to spend on personal projects then by all means go for a certification, but try and create your portfolio at the same time. Since you are looking into ASP.NET a good sample of your skills could be demonstrated by any web site you may create.
Just as an adjunct comment to what Richard says...
I agree that certifications are really more of an indication about a personal commitment to gain knowledge. They are after all not really 'certified' as a valid educational pathway in most areas like an official degree is, but even those you need to watch out for. Make sure you use an accredited school and not one of those graduate mills that you see advertise on TV.
However, JUST Getting a degree may not be a great option either. As many people find out, a degree is no substitute for experience, and there is lies the catch-22. You usually cannot get experience without a degree, and getting a degree without experience shows that you can read and pass a test but... well you get it from here.
Personally, I went the way of bruit force... Self employed. I started my own consulting business, ran classes on my own, did jobs that I knew I could do and studied like heck to do the rest. Interestingly enough even without having a degree of any kind until recently (just so I could teach in fact) I had found myself gainfully employed for a 10 year period of time at Intel and a few other companies that typically do not take non degreed people at all. Lucky? Maybe.
I DO HIGHLY recommend that you build your portfolio that hot only highlights every educational opportunity that you take but also highlights WORK that you have done. Just like artists carry them around, so should IT people. Examples of systems designed, problems solved, code written, papers published, etc... I also highly recommend that you keep a history (with proof) of any and all training classes and industry events that you take/attend here just to show that you are a non-stop learner. Remember, just because you get a degree does not mean you can at any time say 'I am done, know what I need and now its time to just work'... BS... Learning is a constant process that never stops. You should show that you understand and live by that constantly.
I do have alot of certifications. I started looking at them after I had a MS but wanted to continue my learning. A pHd was not really an option for me, so certifications were the direction I went it.
Certifications will NOT get you a job. I have talked to many people about this. As others have pointed out, certifications show that you can take exams and that you know how Microsoft wants the answers. For example, on database questions with a cross reference table, many/most DBA types will just put in the indexes of the other tables. Microsoft expects you to have a separate index for the cross reference. Neither is "wrong" but you need to know how to answer to pass the exams. Other people point to the "paper MCSE" that exist. These are people that have never managed a server or network but took all the exams to give them the cert. Children at the age of 10 have gotten this cert. This really makes people uncertain if you are just good at taking tests, if you cheated, or if you really know your stuff.
Could certifications move your resume to the short pile when job hunting? yes. Some people like the fact that you are working on this stuff and learning it on your own or with your company and are willing to keep you around for a formal interview.
Could certifications get a promotion? yes. I know that my certifications have helped me to get promotions in the past. I am constantly learning new things and using them in my day-to-day responsibilities.
Overally, you need to practice the topics that you are going to test on. You need to know how to really do the things they are asking about, such as localization, security, etc. Not everyone knows those topics that well. As it was suggested, build up a portfolio of things. It could be articles on CP, a website for your softball team, or some little software project that you have a passion about.
One of the things told to me while I was going for my BS. There are some things that you are going to learn that you will be using every day and those things you will memorize. The school will then show you how to find out or research the rest of the information needed. Knowing how to look things up and how to complete things is something that a formal education shows you. And it shows potential employers as well. Some people will say that even a BS is out-dated in the age of the internet and that people can do just fine without it. But without something, projects that you have done, a degree, certifications, then there is no way for me to determine if you are the kind of person who will stick around or just decide the work is too hard and will leave.
I vote for a portfolio with certifications on the side. The certifications will help you to look at other parts of the topics and do more than just what a project will do.
Disclaimer: I have taught college before as well as was used by the Microsoft learning group as a subject matter expert. So I have seen both sides of this.
Hi everyone! I work as a data management engineer but as the company is small I get to develop applications for internal use, for which I use VB .NET (don't flame me for it, I already know many of you despise VB .NET). I consider myself to be a very decent programmer in VB .NET. I also have undertaken some for-learning-only projects in ASP .NET recently. I used to have a decent command of Java, but haven't coded in Java for the last 8 years.
So, I want to learn a new language, I was thinking C++ or C#. I don't have a job requirement to do so, nor do I intend to look for a new job. I am interested in developing for mobile devices some time soon.
What do you think? C++? C#? Refresh and update Java? Or...
TIA for your input. I know my question is very subjective, but I would like to hear your answers if possible.
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