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  • Question

  • Hello Everyone,

    I want to pursue MCTS in .Net 4.0 exams - 70-515 , 70-516 ,70-506 and eventually to Web Developer MCPD.

    My background is I am working with Silverlight for a while and I am comfortable with EF, WCF Data Access, Silverlight and little bit of ASP .Net and ASP .Net MVC2.

    I know a lot of people say to start with 70-515 but having gone through all the topics of the above exams, I feel I dont know a lot of stuff in ASP .NET. I looked at Data Access Exam and I see some stuff which I am familiar with,

    My questions are

    1. Being a Silverlight developer, would it be helpful if I finish Silverlight Exam though it may not contribute towards my MCPD?

    2. Between 70-515\70-516 which one is given more consideration at the market now a days?

    3.Any helpful books other than Microsoft Press books which I will get anyways

    4. Order of Exams to take

    Thanks  a lot for sharing your ideas


    Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:18 PM

Answers

  • Hi Rakesh,

    It really is your decision and career and only time will tell.

    I am working in the UK at the moment and there is a lot of work for both Silverlight and WPF replacing traditional Windows development, particularly in finance.

    The rates for this work are currently better than Web.

    However this can easily change, my advise is to do what you are most interested or passionate about, you are more likely to make a success of it.

    If you enjoy Silverlight you should give serious thought to WPF, but again you really need to decide for yourself.

    You could always do both, I do not think you will find WPF too hard from Silverlight, then you could do ASP.Net exams.

    Good Luck,

    Ozzy Geoff

     MCPD 4.0 Web & Windows

     

     

     

     



    • Proposed as answer by Geoff Clark MCM Friday, April 15, 2011 9:51 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rakesh Vasu Friday, May 6, 2011 7:55 PM
    Friday, April 15, 2011 9:49 PM

All replies

  • Hi Rakesh,

    Not sure I am going to help, I might just add extra options.

    I would do 70-506 if that is what you have done most of, despite not counting towards a MCPD it shows a certification with experience which is valuable.

    It might be worth considering 70-511.  This is mainly WPF (90%) so fits very well with Silverlight, then do 70-516 and 70-513 taking 70-518 as your MCPD option or Mobile exam when released.

    In this example I would do 70-506/70-511/70-516/70-513 then 70-518.

    If you stick with the 70-519 route I would go

    70-506/70-516/70-513/70-515 then 70-519.

    Based on your preferences.

    Hope this helps and good luck.

    Kind Regards,

    Ozzy Geof

    • Proposed as answer by Geoff Clark MCM Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:52 PM
    • Unproposed as answer by Rakesh Vasu Friday, April 15, 2011 3:37 PM
    • Proposed as answer by Geoff Clark MCM Friday, April 15, 2011 9:42 PM
    Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:52 PM
  • Ozzy,

    Thanks for your ideas,

    Now I looked at 70-511 which is pretty similar to silverlight and its so tempting to go the Windows Development route although now a days people give more importance to Web Development I guess,

    I mean if you think Web Development is more valuable than Windows route, I would go with Windows,

    Please let me know your suggestions,

    Thank you

     

     


    Rakesh
    Friday, April 15, 2011 3:37 PM
  • Hi Rakesh,

    It really is your decision and career and only time will tell.

    I am working in the UK at the moment and there is a lot of work for both Silverlight and WPF replacing traditional Windows development, particularly in finance.

    The rates for this work are currently better than Web.

    However this can easily change, my advise is to do what you are most interested or passionate about, you are more likely to make a success of it.

    If you enjoy Silverlight you should give serious thought to WPF, but again you really need to decide for yourself.

    You could always do both, I do not think you will find WPF too hard from Silverlight, then you could do ASP.Net exams.

    Good Luck,

    Ozzy Geoff

     MCPD 4.0 Web & Windows

     

     

     

     



    • Proposed as answer by Geoff Clark MCM Friday, April 15, 2011 9:51 PM
    • Marked as answer by Rakesh Vasu Friday, May 6, 2011 7:55 PM
    Friday, April 15, 2011 9:49 PM
  • Ozzy,

    One final question. Can you please suggest me some good books specifically for WPF so that I can get started for the exam.

    Having known Silverlight do you think MS Training kit itself would be good enough?

    Thanks a lot for your help


    Rakesh
    Friday, May 6, 2011 7:57 PM
  • Hi Rakesh,

    I would say that the MS Training Guide is good enough particularly if used with the practice tests.  Using the included practice tests and links from question explanations to the MSDN to supplement the book.

    Good Luck,

    Ozzy Geoff

    Friday, May 6, 2011 11:41 PM