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1  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCAD / Books -- What do you Think on: October 21, 2005, 06:58:14 PM
Hi All...  Returning from a 5 year hiatus serving in the military because of 11 Sept...  I notice that the MCSD discussion is still way behind the MCSE boards...  Why don't us programmers want to share?  

Looking at updating my MCSD to .NET...  Any one got some good book names or resources to share.  Please don't pimp your testing sites -- I want to know what people used besides a sample test database to prepare for the exams and LEARN the programs Wink
2  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Jobs gotten because of Certs on: March 31, 2002, 03:27:06 AM
I don't think a CIW cert will get anyone a job either.  It might help get you an interview (with a nice logo to make your resume stand out from the other newbies), it also should help with your confidence.  The exams prove that you are at a level of knowledge that the industry expects.

To get the job though you need to prove your worth -- you have to have had experience and be able to show a potential employer a site you have designed.  HOW???  Design your own site -- do some work for volunteer organizations -- go through a temp agency -- make a company and design something.  Key is to do something -- use the knowledge that you got pursuing an exam to build sites and improve them as you learn more.

Professional Programmers do not embrace certifications like the networking side does.  You have to prove your worth.  Many in the industry do not feel (strongly) that you can prove programming ability through a test (and I agree).

Good Luck -- get the knowledge, use the tests as a guide of what to learn and a tool to measure your skill.

San...
3  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCSD / Need help! I'm a beginner..... on: March 31, 2002, 12:57:22 AM
If you are really new to programming you probably will need more references.  Both VB exams can be taken close to each other but the study time and comfortability time is extended.

I recommend you look at WROX's book -- Beginning VB Objects.  Also Hawhee's study guide for both exams will give you a lot of knowledge.  You definately need to learn VB and not cram like MCSE students do...

Good Luck!

San...
4  Microsoft (MCSE, MCSD, MOUS, MCAD) / MCSD / How much detail? Nonpractical questions? on: March 31, 2002, 12:53:07 AM
It has been almost a year since I focused on this exam but...

Lots of questions on package and deployment wizard.  That was on my last minute cram sheet before entering the exam.  I would say a disproportionate amount of attention is given to this topic.

The rest is COM objects.  Having the WROX book behind you is an awesome start.  Understand the principles there and you should be good.  

I think you are definately ready to take the exam -- you sound like me -- a stresser!  Get in there and try it!

Good Luck!
5  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Howdy on: March 31, 2002, 12:49:09 AM
Hi All!

Thought I would post a quick message.  Several of you have sent me messages but I haven't been on line since September.  I was activated by my military unit on the 22nd and have been touring the world so to speak.  Settled down for a little while state side (but not home yet) and plan to use the time to learn everything I have missed in the past 6 months!

I have been studying but for my degree -- taking CLEPs and DANTES.  Excelsior University gave my over 30 credits for my various professional certifications (but they don't recognize CIW yet)!

Congratulations to everyone that has been pumping out exams!  

Miss Ya!
6  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / ;( on: August 23, 2001, 04:33:26 PM
Hey Peaceman!

My first time on the computer this summer.  Was teaching an i-Net class and decided to snoop through here...  ScottishFlower's questions are good.  I didn't use ProSoft's books -- I went with Casey's recommendation and bought the Mastering book.

Good luck -- the hardest thing about retakes is you always doubt your previous answers, was this the thing I got wrong?  Stand firm and be sure!  You will get it.  e-Mail if you need help with anything!!!

San...
7  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Prosoft Courseware??? on: June 22, 2001, 10:41:35 PM
Hey...

Didn't say that one exam was easier or harder than the other -- I tried to say that one is easier to prepare without the Prosoft courseware...

The SiteDesigner seems to me to be very much what Prosoft wants you to answer.

Good Luck!
8  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Looking to get certified in London... on: June 20, 2001, 10:37:22 PM
Foundations is close.  You might want to go for the i-Net instead though.  Reasons:  More books and study material and you get two certifications for one exam.

Site Designer is not close at all.  Unless they have added new questions in the last thirty days -- I don't think anyone out there has the new material on the practice exams.

Good Luck and PLEASE look through the history here.  There is lots of device in the older messages!

Wink
9  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / omg how easy was that!!! on: June 20, 2001, 10:33:32 PM
I did the Site Designer without a net and I would recommend picking up the new courseware...  There is an awesome thread from last month in here that talks about the exam...

DO NOT get overconfident!!!  The Site Designer is not like the Foundations!!!

Congrats on the pass and good luck on the Site Designer!
10  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Prosoft Courseware??? on: June 20, 2001, 10:31:26 PM
sorry that no one replied sooner.  This is one of those questions that pops in every week and well...  

First -- take a look through the history, there are many replies out there.

Site Designer -- I would get the course ware especially if you don't have the programs.

E-Commerce -- use the Microsoft Mastering B2B book.  With on line resources you should be okay.  I have a post with over twenty white papers somewhere in the history here.  

To get the books always try ebay.  People are selling them all the time.

Good Luck!
11  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / SSL (Secure Socket Layers) on: June 20, 2001, 10:27:33 PM
Unless I am totally tripping...  Which is possible due to lack of sleep and overwork lately...

The pages are the same.  The protocol and transmission method encrypts.  The web server needs to play to do this.  Your page is still your page, same content...

:0
12  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Woo Hoo GirlTech!!! on: June 12, 2001, 09:22:43 PM
Way to go girl!  Keep knocking them out because once you stop the momentum is near impossible to revive.

Did I read it right -- you are trying Java next???

Good Luck!!!
13  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / How Long does it take? on: June 12, 2001, 09:17:31 PM
One of my students called them -- they said that they are changing databases.  His agreement form was in one and the i-Net pass was in another.

They said that they would solve it and have it in the mail in a couple weeks.

Moral of the story:  Call them if you feel you are waiting too long.  Maybe if enough call they will finally look into this problem!:mad:
14  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / Hardware requirement for ASP + Commerce Server 2000 on: June 12, 2001, 09:13:59 PM
If you are just now buying the box...  Then I would definately up the RAM to at least a Gig...  That is going to be the most important resource and it is so cheap!

Remember -- you might be expecting 10,000 -- so plan on 10x that...  It is better to grow into a box then to outgrow it instantly.
15  Certified Internet Webmaster / Certified Internet Webmaster - CIW / ASP on: June 12, 2001, 09:11:27 PM
I would definately go with ASP.  The problem with the slow-fast also comes to development time.  If you know VB and Microsoft you can produce better, faster with ASP.  If the other guys know Unix then they are going to cheer on the product they are more comfortable supporting.  

If you code it right -- ASP shouldn't be slower.  Upgrade Access DB to SQL Server eventually.  You should be able to get around the connections because the ASP can use one account to access everything -- especially if is a reporting type project...

Wink
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