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    Programming certifications

    I'm currently a programmer at a company and have only a Bachelors in Computer Science. I want to improve my resume with things like certifications but to be honest I don't know squat about what I should look for. The only people I know who are certified in anything are all certified in subjects dealing with networking or hardware, two things I don't really care about.

    Any advice or recommendations on certifications or similar that I should be looking into? I'm solely interested in programming.

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    I don't know, but I have the same interest. Got my BS about 6 months ago, and just wondering how many of these things I can rack up on my free time.

    I think there is one of these MCSE--"Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer". Pretty sure it tests your knowledge of Microsoft based languages, their development environment, the Win32 API, etc. I was considering looking into it. Also wondering if there is a cert for .NET that MS sponsors.
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    >>Also wondering if there is a cert for .NET that MS sponsor<<

    As far as I know, the MCSE program assumes that you're familier with .NET

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    If you are comfortable with java, become a SCJP (Sun Certified Java Programmer). Check out java.sun.com for details.
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    Obvously certifications main usefulness is that they are eye candy to hiring managers. Maybe they might also fetch you a higher salary at some companies. So if you're looking to run your own business who cares anyway...
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    Victorian: I've noticed you pushing ISV's here in a few threads. Not entirely clear on what they are. You say that it is selling a vendor's technology, but specializing it so you can sell it as your own. So that is my working definition. So give an example of a MS technology that could be specialized, and then sold as my own. Mind you, I'm not asking for an original idea, or a good idea, you can pick one that you know some other company already came up with and has brought to market. I just want a concrete example so that ISV will make more sense to me. Because it basically sounds like a small software company that creates some niche product to me.
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