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Posted Sunday, February 27, 2011 9:15 PM
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Posted Sunday, February 27, 2011 9:36 PM


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I'll second all the emotions about becoming a master and throw another bone in the mix. Po and Yoda were Old, with a capital O. I wanna do it before I'm that wrinkly.

It'll still take a while though, I fear.



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Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 3:08 AM
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In all honesty, no....

I would love to master something, but that something would be something for me, not something work based. SQL Server pays the bills and does it relatively well, if I find something better I would change.

If we were talking climbing, archery or motorsport it would be a completely different story
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Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 6:42 AM
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My fear is that mastery around a topic will cause you to be useless in every day support of SQL Server. Sure you are great at what SQL Server should be but are you able to adapt and think outside of the box. All to often I have seen certifications build a very heavy box around a person and they cannot think outside of it. They cannot be dynamic and use their knowledge to get better.

alternately... are you a master in SQL Server 2000, 2005, 2008 and R2. If so I don't believe you. Mastery of one, maybe two sure... especially when the base is close but mastery of all currently used versions just isn't feasible. Sure not much changes but if you are really getting paid to work and not just learn and research I don't think true mastery is in your future. You must have hands on to master a skill.
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Decided to wait for Denali version of MCM - don't think I have enough time to go through all the material before the exams expire. Already have the MCITP exams, so I will try to upgrade these early then get going with the MCM stuff.
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Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 7:11 AM
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In many, or most cases, one does not consciously choose to become a master, instead the combination of aptitude, circumstance and opportunity create the path.

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jay holovacs (2/28/2011)
In many, or most cases, one does not consciously choose to become a master, instead the combination of aptitude, circumstance and opportunity create the path.


I like this....
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Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 7:19 AM
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I am finding it harder and harder to keep up with all of the changes. I used to be an expert, knowing all aspects of SQL and the network it was one. I knew the creating of db, queries, sql development, administration etc. Then we added replication, mirroring, log shipping, new command, SSIS, SSAS, SSRS and more and more capabilities.

Now I feel like a novice. I looked at the Master Program and realized very quickly that I do not know enough any more. Don't get me wrong, I still know a lot about SQL, but I just don't feel like an expert any more.


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Posted Monday, February 28, 2011 7:22 AM
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Agreed, I won't become a Master. Besides already spending a good amount of time on SQL related activities and code, there is much SharePoint, Access, Excel, .NET 2.0, 3.0, 4.0 programming, JavaScript, other BI tools, XML, system analyst, and project management that I need to be professionally proficient at.
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