I am an MCP with the 70-315 and 70-316 under my belt.
I am currently studying towards 70-536 and 70-562 to get up to speed with ASP.NET 3.5. I've studied an MCAD with Computeach in 2005-2008 and I understand HTML, AJAX, CSS and so on.
I've had a few interviews but can't get commercial experience because of lack of commercial experience.
There are also no I.T developer apprenticships for someone of 40. I tried the volunteer route for website design, but they never get back to me and think I'm overqualified.
I have some funds for training and learning purposes only.
From my perspective online training seem like logical solution for someone who has busy daily routine, but I don't have any experience with such form of education.
There are some Microsoft's programs and vast choice of other companies offering similar services, can you give me any advice or recension?
Innerworkings (http://www.innerworkings.com/) seems like a sound choice, but they do not offer SQL Server training.
Do you have suggestions?
I want to order a self-paced training kit from Microsoft,
to teach myself using .NET and write some c# code.
The exams which are currently available for becoming MCPD
are 70-536, 70-528, 70-547. These exams are currently
updated to the .NET 3.5 Framework, but I can't find any
study material to prepare myself?
Does anybody know which study material helps best, to prepare
for the exams mentioned above?
1. self paced kits are not for complete beginners, learn some C# and .net basics before ordering any certification materiel.
2. Exam 70-536 hasn't changed, and there is a plenty of booksellers who offer that book.
I passed 70-505 (Win based apps) with learning for older exam (.net 2.0) with some extra learning for specific .net 3.5 features (linq and syntax changes).
If I were you I would go for newest certification, those you have mentioned are for .net 2.0.
3. As someone already mentioned, google it.
4. When you are familiar enough with .net you can start searching for many brain dumps with exams, but that is not good way to truly learn .net, it will just help you to learn correct answers like a parrot.
I have two MCP's and studying my third. I started working with Visual Studio and the .NET framework in 2005.
I have been out of work since March. I wondered if anyone else is feeling the pinch of the recession and if so whether they have found mass uncontrolled immigration to be a factor? I recently discovered that 71% of jobs in the UK over the past 10 years have gone to those not born here!
Has anyone found getting a job here impossible due to the Indian IT industry taking UK jobs? and if so, what advice could you give?
I would start playing with web development at home. It is easy enough to get a website setup and running on your own to start learning it. I have moved from Windows apps to Web and back to windows apps depending on the job. I personally would start with web forms and ASP.NET to get going and work on in my spare time.
I was doing Windows desk top apps using C#.NET before moving on to ASP.NET apps.
The big difference to initially get your head around is the 'disconnected' state of the web page from the server and the 'life cycle' of the web page. Plus the application domain model is very different.
I need to develop an impressive portfolio to accompany my C.V. - and fast!!
My C.V is getting noticed, but because I don't yet have any commercial experience, I need to show some examples of websites/web applications that demonstrate my knowledge.
What would be an example/examples of a good problem to implement as a solution for this??
My main skills are in Winforms and Webforms .NET 1.1. But I have recently bought VS2008 and got the ASP.NET 2.0 self paced training guide.
You should pick a subject that is of interest to YOU, my son built a diving log as his training. I built a library web site for my interest (I like reading). Pick something relevant to you and build a solution to meet the needs of that interest.
Alternatively find a small/medium business that has a business problem and will donate some of their time to help build a software solution. I'm not being facetious here, building a software solution to a business problem is not just writing code. Your business is going to have to invest considerable time into the requirements and UAT of the solution for you to have an acceptable result.
20 years ago I was lucky in knowing a couple of friends that would do this
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
I have been trying to get a software development job for over 15 years and wondered if anyone cound suggest any ideas for a portfolio website, ie where I could find a 'case study' that I could use.
I've got 2 MCP's (70-315 and 70-316) and I am currently studying 70-536, my understanding being that the more MCP's you have, the more doors will open when appying for I.T jobs!?!
I do get the occasional I.T agency ring me and say 'we have an ASP.NET C sharp position' but as soon as they discover I have not got at least 2 years commercial experience, they are not interested.
I love the academic side and studying/taking the Microsoft exams, but have no idea where to start in building a portfolio of work!. I have dozens of small apps written in .NET 1.1 for Windows and Web, but they are of the usual small DataGrid, etc ADO.NET and SQL server type, ie totally boring and I'm a bit sick of the site of the code now!
I just need to find out how to get the inspiration and originality to create apps from scratch, - interesting innovative apps that use .NET 3.5, AJAX, Silverlight, etc rather than following exercises in books!
I have the theory and knowledge, but not the ideas. Its just like years ago when I studied music theory and got a distinction and understood synths and electronic music like the back of my hand, yet I couldn't write a good song to save my life
Any help appreciated. I am happy to post my C.V for anyone's criticism aswell.
Ok that tells me you have no need or motivation to move into a development role, anyone with a bit of initiative would have achieved this by now. You seem to be the perfect candidate for ACADEMIA, so stay there.
In the real world you need to have either talent and flair or experience. By the sound of it you have little or no talent/flair and you have no experience and do not have the initiative to get it.
There are 25 YO's out there with more experience than you have and they are a dammed sight hungrier than you are, I agree with the headhunters, after trying for 15 years you need to have another set of goals, development is not going to be for you.
Hone your skills as a teacher/trainer as I believe you may have a better opportunity to move into IT through this path.
Never underestimate the power of human stupidity
I will go on gaining MCP's until I am offered a junior developer role
You can add as many qualifications as you like, but without experience you're probably going to end up hosed. Right now, there are a lot of skilled developers looking for jobs (economic downturn and all that), and they have experience to bring to bat.
You basically have two options on your CV:
1. Lie, and hope that the hirer doesn't catch on. Not a good option because you will be caught out at some point.
2. Try to gain experience. Try your hand at helping out on an Open Source project, or volunteer your time codoing for a charity.
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