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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17 February 2006

Three passed so far (and one fail)

Yesterday I was going to post something with a Meatloaf quote, but I didn't get around to it. Today, "three out of four ain't bad" doesn't have the same ring to it.

Anyway... I still don't have emails about the exam results, but I did find out (by logging on to the site and checking my exam history) that I managed to pass 3 of the first 4 beta exams I sat. I passed 431, 443 and 444, but failed 441. Annoyingly, 441 is the one I was expecting to pass, as it's on the dev side. I guess there are various things that I just didn't know. Probably stuff on Notification Services, or performance benchmarking... all those things that I feel like I should know better.

I still consider myself more of a database developer. I think the problem is that I haven't really used SQL2005 as much as I should've done for passing an exam like that.