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Heath Stewart is a happily married software engineer originally from the Midwest and a graduate of Iowa State University. Heath start programming early in life and enjoys continuous research and development in new languages, frameworks, and platforms. Fluent in many different programming languages, he has developed many large-scale software solutions for companies in different areas, such as Internet filtering, intrusion detection systems, production management systems, and web applications for various purposes. He also enjoys photography.

Currently, Heath is a Program Manager in the Visual Studio Professional Deployment Experience (VSPro DEX) team at Microsoft. Previous to his employment, he was a Microsoft MVP for Visual C#.

He is also a CodeProject protector and is happy to help the development community.
31 Dec 2004 CodeProject MVP 2005

 

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Heath Stewart6-Jan-04 19:48
protectorHeath Stewart6-Jan-04 19:48 
What's the deal with certification anyway? I've been contemplating this for years but am so torn about whether or not I should take the time and spend the money. My company has even offered to pay for certification tests (like they give me the time) and I still don't really care too much.

I have worked for and with many people that brag about their certifications (like MCSD, MCSE, etc.) and, frankly, know little or nothing at all. I've also worked with a number of truly bright and talented people that aren't certified. Is it just that we spend too much time actually developing code to study? Heck, look at my posting record and profile. I know what I'm doing yet newbies with questions like, "What does method X do?" are getting certified.

Studying is also necessary. After taking a few of these practice exams for fun and curiosity, I realize that it's full of nit-picky stuff that no one cares about. For example, "what do you call the process of putting X, Y, and Z togther?" I don't care what it's called, I only care about the problem I'm trying to solve by doing so and with the solution that results from said operation. Isn't that what's important?

The only real reason I can see to get certified is that too many managers care about such things. They think that because someone is certified they know what they're doing. Yeah, right. I can give them hundreds of counter examples from both perspectives. Test applicants by having them solve a problem instead of answering text book questions and the truth will come out.

 

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