Dave McMahon

Dave works as Chief Architect for .NET Development at Ridgian Limited, a privately owned software house based in Central Birmingham. Ridgian are a Microsoft Certified Partner and specialize in Business Intelligence Solutions and Custom Software Solutions.
Dave is very active in the Microsoft community speaking at DeveloperDeveloperDeveloper conferences, and at numerous User Group meetings around the country on such topics as SQL XML, SQL 2005 Security, Regular Expressions and his favorite technology XSLT and XPATH. He has recently published articles on SQL Server 2005 Security in International Developer Magazine and on Vista and Office 2007in the Microsoft Beta Newsletters.

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Greg Larsen

Gregory A. Larsen is a DBA at Washington State Department of Health (DOH). Greg is responsible for maintaining SQL Server and other database management software. Greg works with customers and developers to design and implement database changes, and solve database/application related problems. Greg builds homegrown solutions to simplify and streamline common database management tasks, such as capacity management.

Greg has been working with computers since the late 1970’s and has a Bachelors of Science Degree in Computer Science, with a minor area of study in Mathematics. Greg’s background in DBA work goes back to the mid 1980’s. Gregory has been a DBA for a number of different organizations within the State of Washington. Continue reading

Vidya Virat

Vidya Vrat Agarwal is a Microsoft .NET Purist and an MCT, MCPD, MCTS, MCSD.NET, MCAD.NET, and MCSD. He works with Lionbridge Technologies(NASDAQ: LIOX) and his business card reads Subject Matter Expert (SME). He is also a lifetime member of the Computer Society of India (CSI). He started working on Microsoft.NET with its beta release.

He has been involved in software development, evangelism, consultation, corporate training, and T3 programs on Microsoft .NET for various employers and corporate clients. His articles can be read at www.ProgrammersHeaven.com. Continue reading

Brian Wilson has over 13 years experience in IT starting with a tour in the United States Army. He has worked in and out of the US Government in many different organizations and technical roles including a stint as a Cisco Certified Instructor.

Currently Brian works for one of the largest US broadband providers (ISP) as a Senior Data/Voice Engineer (DOCSIS SME) supporting over 6 million High Speed Internet/ VoIP subscribers. He has attained a number of industry credentials covering many aspects of IT including http://www.ucertify.com/certifications/ISC2/cissp-associate.html”>CISSP, CCNA, CCSE, CAI, MCP, JNCIA, Network+, Security+, and many DoD Certifications. Continue reading

The MCSD .NET exam 70-300 contains case studies with questions based on them. Before practicing the questions based on case studies, we would like to give some tips on how to view and approach case studies and what steps you should keep in mind while reading them and attempting the related questions.

A case study is a scenario about an organization and its profile. You have to study the present as well as the expected business strategies, and the business and user requirements of the organization. The main facts about the organization are as follows: Continue reading

Richard Costall (MVP, MCSD.NET) has over 19 years development experience and works for 1st Software, a Microsoft Gold Partner, and the UK’s leading software solution for Financial Adviser and Intermediaries, designing and implementing IFA applications in the financial services sector.

Previously specializing in VB, XML/XSLT, COM, ASP and MSMQ, Richard now lives and breathes the awesome world of .Net and in particular ASP.NET (including 2.0) Richard spent 5 1/2 years as the Midlands regional coordinator for VBUG (Visual Basic User Group) before co-founding NxtGenUG, the innovative UK user group for Microsoft Technologies. Continue reading

We hope that you are enjoying the holiday season! We want to update you on changes and opportunities we’re offering to help you before we head out for our holiday break. We’ve released another version of the uCertify PrepEngine this month. A free upgrade is now available to all our users. You can upgrade the to the new PrepEngine from within your PrepKit. Just Click on PrepKits >> Update PrepEngine menu. The distinctive features of the new PrepEngine are:

1. New Interactive Dashboard for easy access to every feature.
2. Practice faster with Keyboard shortcuts.
3. Tag and organize the contents according to your needs.
4. Discuss the contents and get help from others. Continue reading

Praveen Nair, MVP, reviewed uCertify 70-431 study material and found it indispensable for MCTS: SQL Server 2005 certification exam preparations. Praveen.V.Nair – aka NinethSense – is a person with passion for technology. He has been awarded by Microsoft two times with Most Valuable Professional (MVP). He is playing with electronics from the age of 10 and computers when he was 14.

He started his tech-life by writing programs in Microsoft GW-BASIC. Now he has over 10 years experience in various technologies and he is now working as a Project Manager. He is very passionate in Programming and Teaching. His CyberLaw diploma gives more confidence for his freelance IT consulting activities. Continue reading

Recently Rafiq Elmansy an Adobe Community Expert, reviewed the uCertify 9A0-044 – Adobe ACE Photoshop CS2 PrepKit. Rafiq has been a multimedia graphic designer since 2001 and a graphic and web designer since 1999. His background is in fine art and sculpture. He uses Flash to create graphics and animations for desktop applications, cartoons, games, websites, e-learning courses, and mobile and Pocket PC applications.

Rafiq is an Adobe Community Expert, Adobe design center and developer center contributor writer, a Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW) and Macromedia Certified Flash MX Designer, and the founder of the first Adobe User Group in Egypt. Rafiq also creates computer artworks and writes articles and reviews about graphic, animation, and Flash topics at his article and reviews site, Graphic Mania. Continue reading

We’ve just released the all-new PrepEngine today to make the uCertify PrepKits even better and more useful for your exam preparations. We have worked hard to make your studies easy and fun and are excited to present you the new version, which has a cool new interface and lots of other unique features.

Here’s a list of the most exciting enhancements since the version 12.11.05 of the PrepEngine. These features are all included in the PrepKits that are now available for download on the uCertify Website. If you have downloaded the earlier versions of the PrepKit, you can upgrade for free to get them. Continue reading