SQL Server exams with mysql experience ?

mrploddymrploddy Posts: 38Registered Members ■■□□□□□□□□
Hi all,

I want to get a databases cert behind me. I'm open source by trade and all my experience is with Mysql but I'm half and half about doing the Oracle exams at £300 for the 2 developer exams when I could get an MCITP SQL Server 2008 for half the cost more or less if I go through a short dated voucher site.

I know query construction eg where/ having / group by / limit / sub queries / indexes / constraints so was just wondering what would you do if you were in my position ? Would you do the MySQL exams or the SQL Server exams ? How much work is there to do SQL Server exams with reasonable SQL experience ? Obviously I'd go for the Developer exams - is the MS Training Kit the recommended book for 433 ?

Thanks

-mrploddy

Comments

  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Registered Members
    Bumpety bumpety bump. I think the OP had a valid question, and I've had a similar one lately.
    Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    --Will Rogers
  • NotHackingYouNotHackingYou Posts: 1,452Registered Members ■■■■■■■■□□
    Obviously MySQL, Oracle and T-SQL are all based on ANSI SQL but all do implement the standard differently. Microsoft likes to test on their specific T-SQL syntax. IMO, the Microsoft cert probably carries more weight than the Oracle one. I think if your SQL skillset is strong you would need only learn the details of the syntax related to Microsoft's T-SQL. However, if you work mostly in Oracle, I would recommend getting certified in what you work in because that is where your experience and expertise are.
    When you go the extra mile, there's no traffic.
  • petedudepetedude Posts: 1,510Registered Members
    I've been thinking Microsoft SQL would be more commonplace, but Oracle jobs might have higher pay because of the fewer jobs and additional complexity of the product. MySQL is a good jumping off point for either of these, but getting certified in MySQL is more useful if you live in a region with a lot of eCommerce and might be even more useful if you have Linux/web development background to use with it.
    Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
    --Will Rogers
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