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Mitch Wheat has been working as a professional programmer since 1984, graduating with a honours degree in Mathematics from Warwick University, UK in 1986. He moved to Perth in 1995, having worked in software houses in London and Rotterdam. He has worked in the areas of mining, electronics, research, defence, financial, GIS, telecommunications, engineering, and information management. Mitch has worked mainly with Microsoft technologies (since Windows version 3.0) but has also used UNIX. He holds the following Microsoft certifications: MCPD (Web and Windows) using C# and SQL Server MCITP (Admin and Developer). His preferred development environment is C#, .Net Framework and SQL Server. Mitch has worked as an independent consultant for the last 10 years, and is currently involved with helping teams improve their Software Development Life Cycle. His areas of special interest lie in performance tuning
Monday, July 09, 2007
Rob Farley raised some very interesting points on the subject of making MS certifications more valuable, namely adaptive exams, a much larger question pool, and the possibility of community involvement in helping to write the questions. I think all three are a great ideas.
A really large pool of questions would obviously make it harder for people to simply rote learn the answers. Of course, creating and vetting questions is time-consuming and expensive. One way of creating a bigger pool is, as Rob mentions, to get the .NET developer community involved.
I started wondering how much profit Microsoft makes from the whole certification thing; the exams, books, courses etc? I guess it must be in their interest to spend money on making the certifications as valid as possible. So come on Microsoft, if you think certifications are a good idea, let’s see some money spent on something innovative! It’s a hard problem, but other certification bodies seem to have solved some of the problems (I’m thinking Cisco…), and if anyone has the resources, Microsoft does
MSN, Email: mitch døt wheat at gmail.com