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Is it worth my time to get an MCSD certification?

Can you advise me about how should I start getting an MCSD (Visual C++ track) certification? Which books should I follow? Should I take a course?

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You will find excellent guides to the MCSD certification process at, including recommendations for study guides, practice tests, and access to highly-qualified instructors and certified developers.

As to whether or not you should pursue this certification, MCSDs are still pretty scarce and there is a strong demand for Microsoft programmers, so if you can afford the time, money, and effort it will take to obtain this credential, it will probably turn out to be a worthwhile investment. Good luck in pursuing this certification program.

This was first published in September 2001

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