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I sat my VCP5-DCV last Monday (a week ago Monday now) and passed.  450/500 so I am quite chuffed.

It was a great relief as I had devoted lots of lunchtimes and evenings and late nights into silly times in the morning to it.

I was so relieved that I haven’t blogged or done anything out of work since!

I resumed things like going to the gym at lunch times (VCP5=Fat Nealo!), Gentlemen’s Club on Tuesdays and spending some of my birthday money on a consumer binge of non-techy stuff. That’s out of the way now, the honeymoon’s over and it’s time for the next challenge.  Having been spurred on by two colleagues at work I am plumping for VCAP-DCA. Why? It’s a logical next step.  There’s no barrier to it in terms of pre-requisite courses etc. as the VCP5-DCV qualifies me to sit it.  Plus my employer pays for the exams.

So in kind of closing the door on VCP (*until it expires) I’ll sign off this section with some thanks.

Darryl ( and ) and Rich ( and for encouragement

Mike Corfield and Michael Stephen  for random revision questions/queries at desks or in the brew room.

Then Mike Preston for his great practice questions and Simon Long’s practice questions (both still relevant today!) and

Jason Langer’s good study guide too!

oh and Vidad Cosonok’s cram notes!!!

and finally The StorageFather himself Cormac Hogan for stopping me worrying about NPIV :-) and  

It kind of sums up a great community on the web, twitter and now at work!


oh go on then…thanks to Hosk for all the “DO CERTIFICATIONS!” blog posts :-)