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I have been asked to write a few words about Koenig and my Boot Camp experience thus so far...

Craig Peterson (United Kingdom), MCSD (VB .NET/Visual C#);Adobe Flash CS3 03 Feb to 04 Mar 2005

I have been asked to write a few words about Koenig and my Boot Camp experience thus so far. I am currently doing the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD .NET) with Koenig, Delhi India . Here are a few of my thoughts so far… .

The course So far so good; the course is extremely fast paced with tons of after hours reading material (zzzzz). The course itself is well instructed but because it's Microsoft's curriculum it's power-pointed to death.I am on the fast track course (23 days in total) and at times it seems it's a mountain of information to absorb.My advice on anyone attempting the course is to decide what's really important to them; fast-track certification or depth & understanding.

My instructor I am quite fortunate because my instructor is well versed in Software Development Engineering. He knows the topic extremely well and also teaches several other programming languages. Having a good instructor is vital for success in any course. I opted for one to one instruction so that I could move forward at my own pace and it seems to have been the right choice; a good instructor will be able to cover the course content and any additional topics or questions that you have. Other students taking the one to one MCSD fast track seem to be happy with the general level tuition.
The place ( Delhi , India ) As this is my first time visiting India , my first impression is that it uses the chaos theory as the basis for progress and survival. Life in this city is hectic. From an outside (or western point of view) India is very different; its extremely poor and in most places seemingly run-down. Buildings, highways and general infrastructure look incomplete, over-run and dilapidated. This is not to say that every building is bomb-shelled (almost) but simply that the importance factor of maintenance seems to be non-existent – a definite culture shock and compliant to most third world models. To be fair to the place, I haven't had time to see or do much as most of my time has been spent studying. I originally booked the course in Shimla ( Himalayas ) and perhaps my views would be totally different had Koenig been able to accommodate me.

The people The Indian community is an unknown quantity to me, once again because of the environment I am in. By this I mean that everyday I am enclosed in a 4x4 room with an instructor learning computer essentials, then back to the hotel for another self-study session, cramming for the next exam. But, on the basis of speaking to students, Koenig's staff; I would say that people here generally polite and fairly accommodating even though communication is at the best of times trying.

The accommodation I opted to stay at one of the 5 star hotels Koenig offers in the course package. By now I have realized that the higher graded hotels offer more choice in ‘luxuries'. My room is a 4 x 4 (another one) but has a desk and all the amenities one would wish for. The food choice is dire but nevertheless liveable. My only saving grace is that the two restaurants in the hotel are excellent. Comfort yes, luxurious no.

Don't get me wrong, this is an amazing experience, if you can take the good, the bad and the ugly all together. The question that I always ask when traveling is - “would I return?”. For now the answer has to be “not for some time”. At the end of the course I have a few days free and I plan to escape the bustling madness of the city and travel into the country…hopefully my perceptions of India will then change.