Scott Hanselman

Scott Hanselman, MC*.*, Good SATs, AS, Almost BS, 3 digit IQ, blah blah blah...

April 5, '03 Comments [1] Posted in Web Services | Gaming
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Dear Blog,

Lately I've noticed a lot of people (no names, you know who you are) who are Microsoft Technologists writing articles, blogging, emailing, and suffixing their names like "Joe Blow - MCAD, MCSD, MCDBA, MCT, MCSE."  Is this really necessary?  Is it really informative?  Isn't it like "Joe Blow - I know my shit so step lively!"  Is it better to see all these certifications or would you rather see "Joe Blow - BS CS, MS CS, MBA, 1400 SATs, 158 IQ."  I have a great friend in Boston who's team is arguably the most certified on the planet.  It became a game for them.  For a while in 2000, one of his guys had passed every test MS offered. Sure, I'm MS Certified up the wazoo, who isn't?  Is/are certification(s) going to ship my product on time?  Will my product, written by an MCSD, scale to 20,000 concurrent users?  Is my SQL Server database, written by a MCDBA, indexed appropriately?  Certifications aside people...ship software.  Shrinkwrap it and sell it.  Run successful projects and deliver on time and under budget.  Enjoy your work and teach others.

Scott Hanselman, MC*.*

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Scott Hanselman is a former professor, former Chief Architect in finance, now speaker, consultant, father, diabetic, and Microsoft employee. He is a failed stand-up comic, a cornrower, and a book author.

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Sunday, April 06, 2003 5:22:09 PM UTC
I plead half-guilty. I don't pile up initials on blog entries, but they are there on articles and books. One thing you might have missed is that editors actually ask/demand this sort of thing -- this is especially true if you're writing for the certification market (as I often am), but it happens in other places as well. I presume that the marketers see such branding as one more tiny way to tell readers "this is hot stuff, buy it."

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