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Simple Programmer Podcast

The Simple Programmer Podcast is a short podcast that is a mix of career advice, philosophy and soft skills from successful author and software developer, John Sonmez. John is the founder of http://simpleprogrammer.com, one of the most popular software development blogs, and the author of the best-selling book, "Soft Skills: The Software Developer's Life Manual." (http://simpleprogrammer.com/softskills) Geared towards a programmer or software developer audience, but contains practical advice on: Career development Entrepreneurship Fitness Finance Productivity Personal development And more... That anyone can benefit from. Each episode is between 5 and 10 minutes long with at least 3 new episodes each week.
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Oct 31, 2016


A lot of programmers ask me this question: Should I get MCSD certifications?

Well, to answer this question, first, we need to address what are MCSD and talk about if certifications are a good way to build a viable (and smart) career choice.

For those who don't know, "The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer is Microsoft's prevailing certification for programmers and application developers. The MCSD covers current Visual Studio versions (for the MCSD: Application Lifecycle Management cert) and also emphasizes HTML5, CSS3, JavaScript, C#, ASP.NET, Azure, Web Services and SharePoint.

Within each credential you'll find various specialties that focus on specific job roles or target specific application types. There are a lot of options to choose from in this program, which currently includes five different MCSD credentials, including Windows Store Apps, Web Applications, SharePoint Applications, Azure Solutions Architect and Application Lifecycle Management.

Depending on the MCSD certification sought, candidates can expect to take three or four exams to obtain the credential. There are no required training courses, though all MCSD exams are associated with one or more Microsoft Official Curriculum course offerings. Look for online learning deals for the best bang for your buck.

Because of the MCSD: Windows Store App credential requires proficiency in a programming language (either HTML5 or C#), candidates who pass one of the associated programming exams earn a Microsoft Specialist certification in Visual Studio. The current programming exams are Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (exam number 480) and Programming in C# (exam number 483)."
Source: http://www.tomsitpro.com/articles/programming-certifications,2-274-2.html

So, these are one of the most common types of certifications and people can be really obsessed with it.

However, are these the only option to boost your career? What should you really consider when it comes to getting certifications? Should you even consider getting certifications if you're looking for a job?

Watch this video and find out!

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