April 30

Passed Exam DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB

I took the Exam DP-420: Designing and Implementing Cloud-Native Applications Using Microsoft Azure Cosmos DB yesterday and passed it. So I’ve added a new badge to the Certifications page.

Microsoft Certified: Azure Cosmos DB Developer Specialty badge
Microsoft Certified: Azure Cosmos DB Developer Specialty

Allright…so what’s next? Good question. I’m supposed to be rolling on to a project at work so that’s going to curtail my free time to chase these certifications. Here’s some ideas:

Got another idea? Let me know.

April 9

Beyond Senior Developer: The Next Steps For Your Technical Career

This past Friday night, I made the trek down to the Improving Houston office for a Houston Java Users Group meeting. If you say I’m not a Java developer, I’ll say you are correct. The topic tonight peeked my interest since this is something that I’ve been thinking about lately. It was Beyond Senior Developer: The Next Steps For Your Technical Career by Bruno Souza. If you are a senior developer trying to figure out where to go next in your career, this talk is worth your time (even if you aren’t a Java developer).

Thanks to Jim Bethancourt for the invite to attend this event.

Bonus: A baby opossum outside the Improving Houston office on 4/8/2022.

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April 9

Passed DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals

Found about a week’s worth of time to prep and take the DP-900: Microsoft Azure Data Fundamentals. Having passed it, I can now say I’m Microsoft Certified: Azure Data Fundamentals. This was one of the easier exams I’ve taken. Probably because I took the DP-203: Data Engineering on Microsoft Azure in the past and I took more time to prep for that one.

If you’re looking to start taking Azure certification exams, this is a good first one to do to get a feel for how the exam process works, etc.

So what’s next? Given that I’m on the bench currently and I have more time to dedicate to prepping for another certification; AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner. I’ll have to take a deeper look into what that exam entails on Monday.