Quite a few people who have done the MCSD.NET seem to be\ndisappointed that it has not tripled their salaries or\nwhatever. This leads to the question: "how much extra\nvalue does this certification add to the daily work of an\nindividual holding the certification?"\n\nI came across an example the other day where someone who\ndid not know about the four ways .NET and IIS provide for\nauthenticated pages in ASP.NET, set up his own\nauthentication scheme including his own encryption\nroutines like those used by Julius Caesar.\n\nThis individual has delivered quite a few bloopers over\ntime. You know the kind I am talking about, not so much\nslapstick as slipslop.\n\nThe other problem is that the employers mostly don't\nappreciate the difference certification can make. In fact\nmost are probably unaware that there is such a thing as an\nMCSD.NET. They advertise for people with twelve months\nproven commercial experience. I wonder just how many years\nit will take for my friend above to learn the four ways of\ndoing Authentication.\n\nQuestion: how can we market ourselves better to overcome\nthis problem?\n\nQuestion: should we petition Microsoft to spend more money\npromoting the value of .NET certification to those that\nhire?