Friday, June 22, 2012 6:47 AM
I graduated in 2004 with a BS in Computer Information Systems but then decided to go with the business/finance/accounting route (earned my MBA). I would like to get (back) into technology, specifically database development/management. I have done some research and found some interesting certifications (MCITF, MCDBA and MCSD) related to my interest, but it has been 8 years since I last wrote any program (and it was in an academic setting) or even played with a language (C++ and VB). Any advice on where I should start to refresh my memory? I was thinking about hitting some books on programming languages (including SQL and T-SQL), then reading some more fundamental dabatase base development and management material, before actually studying specifically for the tests. Am I on the right track?
Btw, I also know that experience is key, but as you all know, you cannot get a real opportunity w/o certifications/education.
Friday, June 29, 2012 12:21 AMModerator
Sorry for the delay in answering your question.
I think you should concentrate on one area at a time as trying to learn all three (Database development, Database management and Application development) will be difficult. With regards to application development, there are a number of areas that fall under this category (Web Application, Windows Application, Sharepoint, Microsoft Dynamics).
Here are some links.
SQL Server Development
2012 is the latest version of SQL Server however the 2008/2008R2 developer kits also cover material which is still relevant
Learning Center: http://www.microsoft.com/sqlserver/en/us/learning-center.aspx
Learning Center: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/training/vstudio.aspx
Learning Plans: http://learning.microsoft.com/Manager/Catalog.aspx?qry=Visual Studio 2010&mode=SimpleAll&titleOnly=0&nav=trainingtype%3aLearningPlanV2 Studio 2010&mode=SimpleAll&titleOnly=0&nav=trainingtype%3aLearningPlanV2
Training Course: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/sp2010devtrainingcourse.aspx
Learning Plan: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=9959
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