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Wednesday, January 4, 2012 #

I originally heard about this website several years ago when I was attending user groups with Rob Reynolds and Dru Sellers.  At the time it was still early on in my career and I didn't feel it was the right time to start something like this.  Now, 5 years later, I feel it's tje right time to start giving back, or at least trying to, and hopefully help someone like so many have helped me along the way.

I am a programmer in Topeka, Ks.  I moved here after graduating from Kansas State University and began my career as a programmer using VB.NET.  I enjoyed this language the most out of any that I have used, probably because it was the first programming language that I invested serious time in and like most things we do first, it's usually the favorite.

Fast forwarding 5 years, and a lot has changed.  I now work primarily on server side issues and don't do a log of programming anymore, or at least not of my own.  I do quite a bit of code maintenance on code that others have written, and the languages I primarily work in now are ASP and JavaScript.  We are now in the process of making the move to SharePoint 2010 and the motivated urge hit me once again.

I plan to immerse myself in this and really give it my all.  Initially I plan to get the MCITP (Microsoft Certified IT Professional) certifications for SharePoint and see where I go from there.  I might be changing directions as far as my main area of work, who knows.  Either way, I am really looking forward to this and excited for where this path is leading.

I started working with SharePoint in 2007 but at the time it was lacking a lot of features, or at least it was out of the box.  You could, of course, add in a lot of third party cools, but when 2010 came around, it either compensated for what a lot of these tools did, or changed things so they weren't useful anymore.  Because of the changes I'm going to treat this like it's the first day of school and start fresh.  I plan on taking the 70-668 first and then following it up with the 70-667.  I will post as I work through material, but I'd like to be prepped to take the exam(s) by late February or early March.  I could probably be ready sooner, especially since I am familiar with the program, but I would rather set a far out goal, rather than rush myself.  I haven't decided if I am going to take both tests at once, or take them one at a time.  I will probably do it one at a time, but we'll see.

Initially, I am going to read through SharePoint 2010 Administration and then I'll move through course books I've had or colleagues have had.  I think this, combined with practice exams and my prior knowledge should be a good start, and I can fill in any holes I find as I take the practice exams.  This is starting to become a mini-novel so I think I'll end it here.  Here's to a motivated start to 2012!