Took 70-528 4 years ago, now what? RRS feed

  • Question

  • My company is paying for certs again so I figure I might as well start again.  I took/passed 70-528 in '07 but now see some of these are being retired in June 2011.  Our app is ASP.NET/C# 2.0 with a Oracle 10g back end.  Some of our legacy apps still use classic ASP/VB 6 with SQL 2000.  I have VS2008 but don't use it, but figured the 3.5 over the 4.0 route was the way to go as I don't think my MSDN license gives me VS2010.  Looks like my 70-536 would be next but want to make sure it can be applied for 3.5 or later, rather than 2.0 as they're retiring these.   
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 3:27 AM


  • Yes, 70-536 is still required for the 3.5 certifications (but no longer required for 4.0). It's a good Idea to take it: together with your 70-528, it will give you a MCTS certification on Web development for the Framework 2.0.

    After passing that, if you want to be certified in VS2008, you can either take 70-562, which will give you the MCTS on web development under the Framework 3.5 (as long as you already passed 70-536). Or, alternatively, you may wish to pusue the MCPD on 2.0 by taking exam 70-547 and then upgrade it to an MCPD on 3.5, by means of exam 70-567.

    As to VS2010 being included in the MSDN subscription: if you have an active (non-expired) subscription, then you should always have access to all of the latest versions, so VS2010 will be included. If your subscription expired, you can always use a free Express version of Visual Studio 2010 or an evaluation version for the purpose of studying the technology.


    • Proposed as answer by Geoff Clark MCM Wednesday, February 16, 2011 2:24 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, March 4, 2011 3:18 PM
    Tuesday, February 15, 2011 8:35 AM