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if they can't keep the material up to date with the exams.
But the material you are looking for is book, right? And Microsoft often does not publish books, it's third parties that do that. But the Microsoft site and then experience has all the information you need.
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Exactly - When I did Windows and .NET 4 Developer Certifications a few years ago - I took a preparation course from a 3rd party and they provided books and labs. But I never thought that the exams would be that hard… Reading and working through 1000 books won't help much, you really need practical experience as a professional developer because the "Questions" are kind of complex Scenarios you have to suggest solutions. Though I don't know if it's the same with other certifications, anyone who says these certifications are not worth the paper has no clue! All other certified developers I ever met were really good - and drop rate was 60% when I managed to make it (the course and the exams cost 12k Euro if you pass or not....)
I'm sure they are, but I can't work out what it is?
We are already a software house that uses C#.net, SQL & Azure. We use MVC for an API, but not the view side of things, and we don't use .net core yet. The people are also a mix, so for example, the people who know Azure best are typically different people to those who know C# and SQL best. I consider myself a pretty experience developer, I've worked with a wide range of tech, almost all around the Microsoft ecosystem, so I should be an ideal candidate for these certs, but I have a few gaps in the specifics and I would like to have a way to add to my knowledge and fill those gaps without just randomly hunting around through MSDN docs.
So is the thing they are trying to tell me that we aren't eligible for partnership status because we don't use one specific piece of technology that they have on the certification path? Or because our people have a mix of skills rather than each person having the full stack? That would be a bit frustrating.
Or is the thing they are trying to tell me that the exams are being deprecated soon hence they aren't bothering to keep the material up to date? In which case, it would be nice if they removed them from requirement for partnership.
Or is the thing they are trying to tell me that the exams are being deprecated soon hence
Consider the face-in-their-phone crowd coming in behind you - they're heavily adapted to not learning since they can 'look it up on their phone' - so, no sense alienating them.
As for certs - you are probably aware that a substantial number of professional programmers never to a computer science course in college - have a degree (if any) in something else.
Depending upon the type of coding, the real value added could just be a combination of experience and innate talent. The exams will show the possibility that a person has, at the least, been exposed to the material - but do you want, say, a carpenter who's read all the books on carpentry and woodworking to work on your house? "Ooops" is, alas, an important and necessary teacher.
Meanwhile - those with the money that hire us often have their notion as to importance based upon articles they read about "The Latest and the Greatest".
Must be how it was implemented. We use it with minimal issues.
Some of it is the user experience, for example, how the styling toolbar scrolls up, up, and away when writing a comment on a ticket.
Other things are how unintuitive (though some may disagree) it is to do things. I spent 30 minutes googling and looking for how to create an epic. You can't just create an epic in the "assign epic" dialog. Oh look, it's really stupidly simple -- go to the Roadmap and just add it there. Wow, that's intuitive.
I often work on things outside of the sprint -- I want to see all the things on my board, not just the damn sprint.
I'd like to review tickets I've completed so I can revisit my notes for similar issues. Seems like an impossible task. I keep separate notes.
And why can't I assign a ticket to two or more people? I get the idea that the issue should be specific enough for the person, but seriously, don't force me into the JIRA way of thinking -- there are times I want a general issue to start with, assigned to the people that are going to be involved, and maybe if they need further guidance, I'll break it out into specific issues for each person.
The list goes on...
 I want a status that is more flexible, like "waiting for customer to reply". Possibly configurable, but I can't find it in the settings. They could make it easier with a right-click or gear icon[/edit]