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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05 December 2005

Another exam done - DB Design

Well, I got through another exam on Friday afternoon.

The Database Design exam (71-441) was one with six scenarios, each having about a dozen questions. The kind of thing where they say "This person wants this. The DBA wants that. There is a mandate that this type of user can't do something else." and then ask you a bunch of questions about it. These things always seem to me to be more about whether you can understand the question, rather than knowing the answer. Everything is written there, so it shouldn't be hard.

I'm a lot more confident about passing this one than the last, but as always, I felt weird as I left, wondering if I passed or not. I still don't feel like I know enough about SQL2005 to be doing exams. But I'm only interested in scraping through, I don't need a great mark.