imageThe regular readers among you may have noticed that my posting frequency went down a little these last few weeks.  One reason for that is the excellent weather in Belgium, combined with the two-months long holiday of our kids.

Another reason is that I enrolled myself for a Microsoft certification exam, so I needed my spare time to prepare for that.

So last Friday I went to the Prometric test center and completed the exam.

What exam did I do?  Well, a couple of years ago I participated in two beta exams for SQL Server 2008 and achieved the MCTS DBA (71-432) and the MCTS BI (71-448) certificates.  Which means I was still missing the MCTS Developer (70-433) title.

Indeed, the exam in which I participated is the one leading to the MCTS: SQL Server 2008, Database Development certificate.  And I passed with success!! :-)

At the end of the exam you’re given the opportunity to comment on the experience.  One of my comments was that test takers should be allowed to take a drink with them inside the room.  The current temperatures here in Belgium are over 35°C (95°F) and I was inside for more than two hours.  Even though the temperature inside wasn’t as hot as outside, my throat was dry by the end of the exam.  If Microsoft is worried that people cheat by hiding notes inside the container, just add “unopened” and “see-through” to the requirements of the drink bottle.  I don’t see why that shouldn’t be possible.

So, I can now update my About page with the following logo:

The full SQL Server 2008 MCTS stack

Okay, time to enjoy a mojito now!

Have fun!



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  1. Jason Thomas’s avatar

    Congrats once again Mr V! (doesn’t Mr V sound cool? :D )


  2. Frederik’s avatar

    Great job Valentino!!!
    Enjoy the Mojito :-)


  3. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

    Thanks guys! (@Frederik: I did)

    Mr V ;-)


  4. stijn’s avatar

    Die Mojito ziet er goed uit…


    1. Valentino Vranken’s avatar

      Hey Stijn, bedankt, en haja, het was de beste die ik op Flickr kon terugvinden! (eerste comment op mijn blog zeker?) :-)

      For my English readers, I was saying that it’s the best picture that I could find on Flickr containing a mojito. I used the method as explained by Brent Ozar in his article here:


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