Computer programming

Taking Microsoft Certification Test 70-536

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.

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