I have a BS degree in Computer Science. In 1999 I quit working as a software developer to raise my children. For almost 10 years I refrained from programming. Scott Seely, my husband, is also a programmer so I did pay attention to what was going on in the programming world.
In 2008 I decided it was time to start programming again. I chose to learn C#. When I stopped programming I was programming in C mostly on a mainframe. WOW! has the development environment changed since 1999. Now there’s IntelliSense. This makes it easier to figure out what command to use. There are many libraries for C# but there’s also .NET libraries, ASP.NET, and many more. All of these make my head swim.
In February 2009 I decided with the advise from Scott that I should learn .NET and take the Microsoft Certification test (70-536). I bought MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Application Development Foundation by Tony Northrup, Shawn Wildermuth, and Bill Ryan to study with. Please note that I did NOT know .NET at all when I started this book. I read the book and did the programs at the end of each lesson.
On June 5th I took the test for the first time an scored 517 (needed 700 to pass). So I didn’t pass. 😦 Scott told me all along that I need to write code besides what’s in the book. By the end of June I will be retaking the test again. Stay tuned and see how it’s going.