QA | 2 April 2012
Bob has entered a Microsoft SQL competition
I'm English. Sorry.
We're a self-effacing lot. Americans are amused and amazed that if someone stands on an Englishman's foot, it's the Englishman that apologises. I'm sure this applies to the rest of the UK too, but I know it applies England. If you ask an American how he feels, he will tell you he is great. An Englishman will tell you, "I can't complain." If he has just won the lottery and married a super-model, the best you get from him is, "Not bad." It's almost as if we are embarrassed by success and ashamed of our accomplishments.
The first accelerated course I ran, of the eight candidates that sat the course, seven passed the MCTS exam at the end. It was all their first Microsoft exam, and I had forgotten just how brilliant that feels to pass. I thought I would have to get the butterfly net to bring a couple of them off the ceiling.
My first exam was for Windows NT 3.51 Workstation back in 1996. No, really, I'm that old. I walked on air from the exam centre. Later, when I became a trainer, it was vital for me to keep up to date in the technologies I trained in. After a while one becomes a little blasé. Yes, it's a relief when you pass, but the joi de vivre becomes dulled.
I totted up my exams the other day. It comes to about forty. I hold all three MCITP exams in SQL 2008 (admin, dev and BI). I'm prepping SQL 2012 now, ready for when those exams come out. It's hard to boast about them, not just because I'm the shy, retiring type, but because it's no real boast. There are many fellow QA trainers that can boast as many or more exams than me.
So why the narcissistic numbering of my accomplishments? Microsoft are running a competition for SQL experts, a week-long Big Brother-ish trial in front of cameras. I thought I'd best apply, as QA employ the best trainers in the UK.
No, they do.