I want to get into networking but also want to keep in touch with programming. How can I do this?

I am a programmer (BSc in Computer Science). I want to get into networking but also want to keep in touch with programming. I know basic stuff about networking. I am planning to do the CompTIA Network+ Cert. What other certs might help me?
After Network+, you might want to consider going after a "network OS cert" -- perhaps something with Windows (MCSA, MCSE), Linux (RHCT, RHCE, RHCA, LPIC-1, NCLP, etc.), Unix (Solaris stuff, HP/UX stuff, IBM AIX stuff, etc.), or Macintosh (Apple has a pretty peachy cert program, too). On the other hand, if you're more inclined to work the infrastructure side of networking, you could do worse than to go the Cisco Route (CCNA, CCDA, CCNP, and so forth). If you want to keep in touch with programming, it may also make sense to investigate Microsoft developer credentials (which permit you to concentrate in distributed programming) or Sun/Java developer credentials (which do likewise).
This was first published in August 2004

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