Rob Farley

Rob Rob Farley has been consulting in IT since completing a Computer Science degree with first class honours in 1997. Before moving to Adelaide, he worked in consultancies in Melbourne and London. He runs the development department in one of Australia's leading IT firms, as well as doing database application consultancy and training. He heads up the Adelaide SQL Server User Group, and holds several Microsoft certifications.

Rob has been involved with Microsoft technologies for most of his career, but has also done significant work with Oracle and Unix systems. His preferred database is SQL Server and his preferred language is C#. Recently he has been involved with Microsoft Learning in the US, creating and reviewing new content for the next generation of Microsoft exams.

Over the years, Rob's clients have included BP Oil, OneLink Transit, Accenture, Avanade, Australian Electorial Commission, the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, the Royal Borough of Kingston, Help The Aged, Unisys, Department of Treasury and Finance (Vic), National Mutual, the Bible Society and others.

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30 November 2005

One down, four to go

Well, I did 071-431 this morning. It's the beta for 070-431. I have no idea if I passed - I find out in eight weeks. Annoyingly, I didn't leave thinking "Oh, yeah, I would've passed this...". I left thinking "Oh, I hope I passed that, there was a lot that I didn't know."

Even more annoying was the fact that most of the questions that I didn't know were things that I don't think I'll ever really know off the top of my head. I know there are different ways of partitioning tables, and I know where to find out about them when I need them. I know there are things that need to be done before you can set up database mirroring, and I know where to find out about those things.

If I have passed, then great. If I haven't, then it's not the end of the world. Having sat one of these betas, I think I'll be much less stressed about the rest. I know I'm not going to know enough going into them, but hopefully I'll squeeze through some, and by the time I sit the proper versions (of the ones I fail), I will have had the time to read a study guide book. :)

And for those of you who are going to ask me - it's a very similar format to the others. 71 multiple choice questions. And pick 'D' if in doubt. ;)