Friday, January 25, 2013

My plans and goals for the next six months

As I’m on maternity leave with a newborn I’m not allowed to bring anywhere for some time, I have a lot of free time on my hands. I could spend all that time doing chores, but that would probably make me a monster filled with an immense hatred towards vacuum cleaners, so instead I’ve decided to spend my spare time becoming a better developer.
I’ve thought a lot about what I want to achieve and finally I’ve made a plan and set myself some goals:

1) Pass exam 70-480: “Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3”

DSC01617I’ve scheduled this exam for February 7th, and during the last couple of weeks I’ve been reading some books in preparation for it:
“HTML5 for web designers” by Jeremy Keith
"CSS3 for web designers" by Dan Cederholm
"Introducing HTML5" by Bruce Lawson and Remy Sharp

2) Write a review of "Microsoft Dynamics CRM 2011 Customization & Configuration (MB2-866) Certification Guide"

DSC01618I’ve been asked to write a book review of the newly published certification guide for the MB2-866 exam. As the book is meant as study material for the exam, I feel I need to have a go at the exam after reading the book in order to state my opinion on the quality of the book and whether it covers the syllabus completely. The review will be published here in the beginning of March.

3) Write more blog posts

If you’re wondering why I’m bothering to publish my plans and goals, it’s partly because writing more blog posts is a goal in itself. The other reason for publishing this is to make sure I actually follow through with my plans. It always harder to admit defeat if you have to do it in public.

4) (Bonus goal) Pass exam 70-486: “Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications”

When my leave is over, I know I will be working more with MVC than I have until now and I can’t wait! Therefore, I have a hope of passing this certification before I get back to the office. However, I’ve set this as a bonus goal as I realize three certifications in six months might be a bit too much with a toddler.
Wish me luck!