Preparing for the Pitch

July 29, 2008

I have been doing a little research as to the topics that MSDN Magazine is looking for and how that aligns with my experience and expertise.  I have decided that I’m going to go after either Visual Studio extensibility or testing and debugging techniques, but I have also decided that I am going to contact the publishers and see if they have a more updated list.  It’s not that these topics aren’t a good fit for me, it’s just that with “WinFX” as a hot topic, I’m not sure that they’ve been maintaining their list.  Web services specified over WCF?  I’m not so sure.

Anyhoo…I’ve got some reading and expertification to finish before I make my pitch.  I have my MCTS for web and I’m going to write my MCTS for WinForms in the coming weeks.

MCTS Exam 70-526 Study Guide

MCTS Exam 70-526 Study Guide

Hrm…I’ve said that twice tonight.  Okay, here, I’ll write my test by October 15th. 

That will give me time to study up before I write, stay focused with my crazy-long-hours job and still maintain some semblance of a normal weekend break when I come home.

The book I’m reviewing to refresh before I write the test: MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-526)

What’s interesting is that this will actually help me along on a couple of goals at the same time. By delving a little deeper into the tools – going beyond what is needed for daily use and transitioning into a teaching capability – I will be moving myself closer to getting my MCA certification. It’s a longer-term thing, for sure, but every piece of work that broadens my exposure to underlying concepts and mastery of tools, regardless of vendor, will help in my efforts to get certified.

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