First up: SQL and certification exams

I know a lot of SQL. I also don't know a lot of SQL. It just depends on what part you're looking to focus on. I always admired the Microsoft MVPs at the PASS Summit - not only do they know the querying and reporting side, but the engine internals and how to troubleshoot and fix performance issues.

This isn't quite the correct skill to pick up for Ultralearning because I already know most of the material for the first exams and a fair amount on the second, but I don't want to stall on my goal of being certified since that window is closing soon. I suppose I can focus on the fact that I don't know how to take the certification exams because they seems to specific and unwieldy and the training kit book per exam is around 600 pages.

However, the book I bought has a few practice tests as well as lessons and code to practice on, and I can buy a few test dumps to further give chances to know what the real test will be like. A real ultralearning goal would be to take one test per month, starting this month, and be done by the beginning of November. It sounds scary and full of the possibility of failure, and certainly out of my comfort zone, and I definitely don't want to feel like I'll be stuck inside all summer studying.

I guess I'll have to figure out how to study outside.


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