For those who don't know what that is, it stands for SQL Server Integration Services. And its a tool that allows you to build packages to help import and transform data to be added to a SQL database. It is built to utilize tools to help import and work with large volumes of data. Definitely possibility for a future blog post, and I probably will.
Outside of that, I've been gearing up for a new semester which starts in a week. I am about to kick off my 7th semester teaching a course called "Development Fundamentals". And I have to tell you, its definitely something I look forward to. There's something really fun about helping people who are starting out in this field, find the passion that I and so many of my colleagues see in it.
But anyway, I digress. The reason for this post, today I took the first of three exams designed to obtain my MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer). I've made the decision to finally pursue mine, and will be doing it in a very short timeframe. I passed my exam today, with a pretty good score, and the exam rated me as strong in all skill categories. I wanted to pass along the resources I had found that helped me to study for exam.
The following were resources I used:
- Microsoft Virtual Academy: I found a video course taught by Mike Palermo and Jeremy Foster that prepares you for this exam. I found that the parts that the book missed, they covered here.
- PluralSight: Another great source is this plural sight course, found here.
- Blogged by Chris Study Guide: Another great post, this one outlines a lot of the different topics that are covered in the exam. Found here.
I'm planning on doing more posts as I study for the second exam. More on it then.