Announcing my new website

I did a little redesign (a complete change in the inner workings) on my website, Be sure to check it out – I did a little experiment on AJAX. Nothing revolutionary, just hijaxed all links, and made sure to use all the benefits of the new ASP.NET MVC 3.

About the inside: SQL Server 2008, Entity Framework 4 with hardcore DTO generation, VS Unit tests (from now on, I’ll be using nUnit) and of course MVC and JQuery with the unobstrusive approach. For those who don’t like javascript fooling around, I’ve implemented clean URLs and some other stuff.

The nicest part was the fetching of this blog’s RSS feed to show the ten newsest posts on the site. It uses LINQ to XML. OK, I cannot resist, I’ll make a post for it soon, but there’s some polishing to be done on it for better reusability. Anyway, check it out. Oh, there’ll be a mind blasting awesome banner on the top, too, but my designer friend hadn’t got the time to create it yet.

70-451 Passed

Finally I slayed the beast and passed 70-451 PRO: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008. Pretty long name for a long exam. In fact, I passed this one back in November, but I can rarely find time to post (even this happy news).

The point is that now I’m an MCITP (for a long time, I pronounced it as MCTIP). The exam process was hard and sweating (I have failed my first attempt with 690 points) but in the end it worth it. I learned a lot of general database design, as a lot of SQL Server specific things, too. I can only suggest this exam to anyone, because you have to learn so many concepts that it helps a lot later.

About the exam itself: a bunch of multiple choice questions, mostly on theory, and underline that word twice, because that was what it’s all about. If you want to pass for the first time (not as I did) then check concurrency a lot, know the lock types, and have an eye for database normalization. The only thing I hated was the questions on row based logic. I never did any, nor will I intend to.

Anyway it’s nice to earn another title, and after I finished my semester (five days from now), I will surely find another exam to pass and post about.