Certification: What's the value of passing the SQL 2008 exams, now that the 2012 exams are out?

Hi All

Question for anyone that has an opinion:  What's the value of passing the SQL 2008 exams, now that the 2012 exams are out?

Reason I ask is that I recently passed the 70-461 Querying SQL Server 2012 exam, and I'm close to passing the 70-433 SQL Server 2008 Database Development exam, but wondering if there would be any incrimental value

Reasons to take the exam
Bragging rights
Most clients are still on SQL 2008
MCTS certification
Resons to not take the exam
Retires January 2014
I'm already covered for the new MCSA with the 70-461 exam.

Thanks in advance.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorAsked:
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btassureCommented:
Your first 2 pros are the good ones for me.

If you are just taking the exam and it's cheap then go for it. It won't do any harm, particularly if you are certifying on 2012 as well.

As someone who works with DBAs a lot I like it when they know the range of systems rather than just the newest so there isn't "that one feature that will work great" but doesn't exist in the older version!

Of course, exams pale next to verifiable experience :)

That's my 2p worth anyway.
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Brian CroweDatabase AdministratorCommented:
If you are job searching then I can see some value in showing continuing certification in multiple versions of SQL Server but otherwise the value is entirely determined by you.  2012 is essentially a superset of 2008 so if you are certified in 2012 it is accepted that you are competent in earlier versions.

Personally, I wouldn't bother with the remainder of the 2008 exams especially if you plan on getting certified in 2012 in the near future.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorAuthor Commented:
>Of course, exams pale next to verifiable experience :)
Yeah I've often wondered how some people can pass the exam without the experience.

>DBAs a lot I like it when they know the range of systems rather than just the newest
Agreed.

>2012 is essentially a superset of 2008
The 2012 exam was straight T-SQL, and not a lot of it was 2012-specific, so passing it was a breeze.

The 2008 exam had T-SQL that was mostly stuff that was introduced in 2008 (MERGE, EXCEPT/INTERSECT), and had a fair amount of other stuff I didn't have experience in and who knows if I'd ever get it, such as Profiler, Service Broker, DBMail, PowerShell, CDC.
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JR2003Commented:
I'm very sceptical about candidates MCTS certification. All the questions and answers can be downloaded online and there are people who have passed with excellent results above 90% who are barely capable of doing anything.
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Jim P.Commented:
Well the only MS cert I ever got was the NT 4.0 Workstation and I passed the Networking Essentials test as well. (Giving away my age. ;-)

But at my last interview in 2009, I had a portfolio with me that showed my EE Access Genius cert and the rest of my EE certs at the time as well a list of my points by zone. It also had examples of work and other stuff.

That made both my tech and personal review much easier.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorAuthor Commented:
>I'm very sceptical about candidates MCTS certification...there are people who have passed with excellent results above 90% who are barely capable of doing anything.
I noticed when I was doing the interviewing that if you ask a couple of off-the-wall SQL questions and they lock up on you, then they did exactly that.

>(Giving away my age. ;-)
I passed both Access exams Microsoft ever created in 98 and 2000, and then there's a 13-year gap between exams while I continued on in Access, then migrated to SQL, then spent two years in the dark side (Management).

>It also had examples of work and other stuff.
I'm noticing EE articles provides that high-cheese factor that gets you through the first interview or two as far as technical competence.
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Jim HornMicrosoft SQL Server Developer, Architect, and AuthorAuthor Commented:
Thanks.
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