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By day, I'm a PowerBuilder developer.

By night, I dream of being a .NET developer. Sure, I can self-teach mostly everything I need, but I also love classroom learning and 'earning' my education.

I am considering 'attending' the SetFocus course for .NET development. My hesitations? It's expensive.

Anyone? Feel free to tell me its a crazy idea, regardless of the money. I'm interested in your opinions.

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closed as primarily opinion-based by Ixrec, MichaelT, Snowman, Dan Pichelman, durron597 May 13 '15 at 3:17

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I hired a guy from SetFocus once and he was a horrible coder and an even worse employee. I don't know if that is any reflection on the program but I have never seen so much spaghetti code in my life. I looked at his courseware and I wasn't very impressed with it; I think any decent intro to programming book can get you started just as well; I think they do work to place you though which is nice. – Nodey The Node Guy May 14 '11 at 1:31
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I think your Powerbuilder experience will help you more than the school will because you're already a developer. Save your money, teach yourself and start applying for .NET positions. Some teams are supporting Powerbuilder apps and you'd be a great fit if you can walk in and start maintaining them. The team I'm on now supports legacy Powerbuilder 7 code and just last week my manager asked if I had Powerbuilder experience.

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I'm happy to see you are interested in The Master's Program and I understand your concerns. To date over 2000 people have successfully completed the program. A number of them have provided unsolicted feedback on our LInkedIn page. Feel free to check it out

I'm more than happy to answer any questions you have directly. Feel free to reach out to me anytime.

Mike Landau
SetFocus CEO

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Hi Mike. If you want to leave your contact information up for people to see, please put it in your profile. Thanks. – Adam Lear May 14 '11 at 15:48

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