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Best Microsoft certification to begin with RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have 7 years experience in the area of Test Automation.

    As part of this role I have performed some basic programming tasks(in a language similar to VB6) to create scripts etc. but obviously no formal software developement.

    It is however an area that I am very interested in. I am hoping that getting a Microsoft Certification in .NET will :

    1.) Provide me with a challenging course that I can cut my teeth on

    2.) Potentially be of benefit to me career wise.

    Can someone recommend what would be the best certification to start out on, given that I am a novice to development? And what books/courses are best for hands-on practice?

     

    Paul

     

    Tuesday, June 22, 2010 10:01 PM

Answers

  • Hi Paul,

    Good to hear you are interested in getting certified ;-)

    When thinking about following a course and taking exams it's always a good thing to start in the proper place. When starting with development it's good to make a decision which side of the programming world has your preference. Would you like to program windows applications or would you like to program the web? There's a number of different courses but they do have their own territory. Reading your question i see that you have some experience with VB6 or similar to that language. That's another issue to think about. You can go for a Visual Studio certification but you have the option to go for various programming languages. C# is the most common at the moment but VB is also around and well respected.

    My advice would be to start slow and get the fundamentals first. So you might start with this course:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=6367A&locale=en-us which is about Object Orientated Programming

    then go for the fundamentals about the .Net framework which could be this path:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-505&locale=en-us this one is in relation to windows forms applications development. But the link below will send you to the general overview of Visual Studio so you can browse yourself.

    Review the link above and you will see a tab preparation materials. There you'll find a link to a trainingkit you can use for preparing for the exam.

    Be prepared though because the exam is serious business. But then again you were looking for something to challenge you right?

    Good luck!

    Maurice

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:43 AM

All replies

  • Hi Paul,

    Good to hear you are interested in getting certified ;-)

    When thinking about following a course and taking exams it's always a good thing to start in the proper place. When starting with development it's good to make a decision which side of the programming world has your preference. Would you like to program windows applications or would you like to program the web? There's a number of different courses but they do have their own territory. Reading your question i see that you have some experience with VB6 or similar to that language. That's another issue to think about. You can go for a Visual Studio certification but you have the option to go for various programming languages. C# is the most common at the moment but VB is also around and well respected.

    My advice would be to start slow and get the fundamentals first. So you might start with this course:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Course.aspx?ID=6367A&locale=en-us which is about Object Orientated Programming

    then go for the fundamentals about the .Net framework which could be this path:

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-505&locale=en-us this one is in relation to windows forms applications development. But the link below will send you to the general overview of Visual Studio so you can browse yourself.

    Review the link above and you will see a tab preparation materials. There you'll find a link to a trainingkit you can use for preparing for the exam.

    Be prepared though because the exam is serious business. But then again you were looking for something to challenge you right?

    Good luck!

    Maurice

    Wednesday, June 23, 2010 5:43 AM
  • Thanks for that Maurice most helpful.

    I am looking for information on the first course you recommend, specifically in terms of how I could access the course (I believe it is instructor led) and cost etc.

     

    Paul

     

    Friday, June 25, 2010 2:13 PM
  • Suggest that you start by looking at the Certification section of the Microsoft Learning site.

    http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/cert-default.aspx

    Friday, June 25, 2010 2:42 PM
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