Certification Exam Passed!

Life with Asperger’s is not always the easy life, in today’s world there are many roadblocks set against a person, and even more so for those with autism. But Today that has been lessened a little bit as I have passed my Xamarin Certification Exam After starting from scratch this past month in the world of C#, Mobile development, and Xamarin. This has made me stop and reflect on this past month.

When you go thought and think about life, we are going though things in a rush, completing tasks, going to meetings, and other activities that at their core are constantly changing the state of a Boolean. We can get so focused on our self’s that we forget to keep things in prospective. We set goals, dream big and start small. As I have spent the past month furiously learning everything I can from Xamarin University to prepare myself for the certification test and expand my understanding about the Xamarin universe that I lost sight of what was actually unfolding around me.

“The river tells no lies, though standing on the shore the dishonest man stills hears them”

Only until now when I am about to take my certification test, studied my notes, filled out and rechecked the study guide I made for myself did I start to realize what was being passed to me. They were not just words spoken because the job requires it. This information was being passed to me as a Master craftsman passes on the knowledge to an apprentice.

The future is predetermined by the character of those who shape it

This past month has been a month of learning, a month of sleepless nights, a month of loss and gain, and a month that has truly shaped me to be a better person and Xamarin developer, in ways I cannot yet begin to understand, I know that my life has been changed by the amazing team working at Xamarin University and I know that I have been changed for good.

Xamarin University, Certification Studying, and More!

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Greetings from the Developer Cave!

For those of you who are not aware, on July 17th I
got my Email stating that I am eligible for the Xamarin Certification, and that
made me think back to this past month and all the time I have spent with the
instructors. While at the time of writing, the certification track in Xamarin
University has 15 classes, which is by no means the end to them. At time of
posting there are 67 Classes on a wide variety of topics as well as Guest
Lectures, Lighting talks, and recordings from Evolve Conferences. You also get
8, 30 min one on one sessions with an instructor to ask questions, get code
reviews, architectural guidance, or help with mobile strategy and of course,
you can test for your certification, good for a year from the date you get
certified.

I have spent the month of July going though and taking
advantage of as many classes as I could (yes I know I get a year access) and get
up to speed on all the Xamarin Development goodness. I also am a Visual and Kinesthetic
learning, which makes online classes rather interesting, especially when
creating notes to reference/study from later, which leads into lots and lots
and lots of notes. At the time of writing I have been though 46 of 67 unique classes
(remember, I started in July and posting this on July 20) and at the request of
some of my instructors I am providing proof of these notebooks existence (13 in
total, I also burned out 4 of the Xamarin pens I have gotten as swag over the
years)

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However even with all this exhaustive notation, I still get pretest
anxiety. Why you ask, that is because that the 150 questions on the test are
pulled not only from the classes and material in the class, but also each class
has additional info to read and pull from (each of the 15 classes have at least
2 or more reference links which I could easily double my amount of notebooks to
complete my notations. However, I don’t have that many Xamarin pens to burn
out, so I turned to the web for help and guides. A lot of work has been done by
Xamarin to help people prepare (and some by others who have taken the exam to
help those who have yet to.

While Xamarin provides guidance on their Certification page,
They provide a list of items to review on that page as well but I also fount
links like http://www.kymphillpotts.com/xamarin-certification-exam-study-guide/
, http://xamarino.com/2014/05/studyguide-for-xamarin-mobile-developer-exam/
, and http://www.leftycoder.com/zero-xamarin-30ish-days-xamarin-university-experience/
as all good places that I am using to help me study.

Hopefully things go well…