MCPD: Enterprise Applications Developer
22 Sep to 29 Oct 2008
As a contract software developer I had wanted to attain a Microsoft Developer certification for some time but had found relevant courses in the UK prohibitively expensive...
As a contract software developer I had wanted to attain a Microsoft Developer certification for some time but had found relevant courses in the UK prohibitively expensive. When my most recent contract ended and I came across the Koenig website, did some research, did some sums, and decided to take the plunge and enroll for MCPD Enterprise Applications developer.
My preliminary enquiries to Koenig were responded to both promptly and positively and coupled with the testimony from previous featured students I had a fair idea of what to expect. I decided to do the course in Dehradun as I thought Delhi would be too hot, Shimla too cold, and Goa too much fun to put in the necessary hours of study.
Now that my course is complete and I have my MCPD Enterprise Applications certification – together with two extra certifications MCPD Web Developer and MCTS Sql Server which I hadn't intended on taking until my trainer suggested them - I'm certain that I made the right choice.
Based on the reviews of prior featured students (and some of the pictures on Koenig's website) I decided to stay at the Farm House. As it turned out this was another good choice as within an hour of arriving (at Sunday lunchtime) I'd met a number of friends with whom I still keep in touch. My time spent there continued in this vein, for though other students came and went the camaraderie continued right to the end. The Farm House is a relaxing place to work, with easy access into Dehradun via tuk-tuk (for those all important Black Pepper nights), and a 15 minutes walk to the shops in Rajpur.
The weather was pretty much perfect during my time in Dehradun (late September to early November), never less than 70F or more than 80F and nearly always sunny. I recommend trips to Rishikesh on the Ganga for a more touristy side of India, to the hill town of Mussouri, and to the Kempti falls beyond Mussouri, where if you're brave (or foolish) enough you can pass through the fall to a little cave behind; just make sure you go through backwards to avoid the worst of the pummelling.
All of the staff at Koenig were friendly and helpful but two people deserve special mention. Firstly I'd like to say a special thank you to Amit, my trainer, for going fast when I wanted to, slow when I needed to, for encouraging me to take the extra exams while I had the chance, and for always putting in that extra effort. Secondly I'd like to thank Sanjay (who manages the Farm House) for his perpetual friendliness, good humour, and constant hard work looking after the students in his care.
In summary I can heartily recommend Koenig for getting those important certifications, Dehradun as the place to do them, and the Farm House as the place to live while you're there. Enjoy!