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02-16-2010, 03:43 PM
I am interested in getting my Microsoft Certified Professional Developer certification in ASP.NET C#. I'm currently an MCSE (for 15 years) and have lots of experience in networking and systems management. I do have some experience with HTML and CSS, however, I'm thinking about making the switch to the developer side of the house.

I'm currently unemployed and want to make the best use of this time and get into programming and a certification. So my question is where would you recommend to start? I love reading and can pick up things quickly from books. I have hardware at home that I can practice and test with. Any book recommendations or course of action would be greatly appreciated!


02-16-2010, 05:45 PM
Hey wwb,

From my experience, the developer side is not as certification-oriented as networking. I know my father has been a networking administrator for many years, and he's got a bunch of certificates, because I know they look at that. For as long as I've been programming, I've never been asked or pressed to obtain any certificates, and neither has anybody I know in the field. However, considering your situation, you might want to get a certificate or two under your belt anyway. In any case, what matters most is experience, so I'd say you have to basically do what one would do to get to Carnegie Hall, know what I mean. Your experience with HTML and CSS is a start of course, but as you will read the following tutorials, you will see that it is only a part of the big picture.


On the w3schools, I'd recommend not only going straight to the ASP.NET tutorial, but also all the others, especially, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX, XML, SQL, and ASP.