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.Net/C# Programmer, Which Certification ? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello Everyone,

    I have self-taught my self Visual Studio 2010 Programming and I have been programming for about 1 years now.

    I Usually use 2.0 Net framework but I am more than willing to work with 3.5 or 4.0. I would like to get certified but having a really difficult time figuring out which certification is best for me.

    I was thinking: Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, which I would need to take 4 exams correct ?

    70-511, 70-513, 70-516, and 70-518. However, These exam retire on July 31, 2013..

    Does that mean they wont be worth it anymore ?

    I am also looking at Microsoft Certified Solution Developer and seem to be much more interested.

    70-483, 70-484, 70-485= Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer

    What do you guys think would be the best option/Path I should go towards ?

    Anyone have any other suggestions ?

    Thank you

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 10:47 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    the best answer would be: It depends. Like I know there are only MCSD certifications for Windows 8 developers. They are not really helpful if you're a desktop or web developer.

    If you're a desktop developer I would recommend to start with the 70-511 exam. For a web developer the best choice would be 70-515.


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    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:00 PM
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  • You should look at getting MCPD: Windows Developer 4 and then upgrade to .Net 4.5/Visual Studio 2012 once the exams are released.

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    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:24 PM
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  • No, that means that you can't take these exams after June 2013 anymore.

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    Friday, July 13, 2012 8:16 AM
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All replies

  • Hi,

    the best answer would be: It depends. Like I know there are only MCSD certifications for Windows 8 developers. They are not really helpful if you're a desktop or web developer.

    If you're a desktop developer I would recommend to start with the 70-511 exam. For a web developer the best choice would be 70-515.


    Best Regards. When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer. This helps us build a healthy and positive community.

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:00 PM
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  • Hi, Thank you for your reply.

    Now That I've look at it, I am not interested in developing Metro Style apps.

    I would like to focus more on C# Desktop Applications Development. 

    I guess It is better if I start with 511 and work my way up to Microsoft Certified Professional Developer, but at the same time, I am worried about the "Retire on July 2013". 

    Wednesday, July 11, 2012 11:52 PM
  • You should look at getting MCPD: Windows Developer 4 and then upgrade to .Net 4.5/Visual Studio 2012 once the exams are released.

    When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer

    Jeff Wharton
    MSysDev (C.Sturt), MDbDsgnMgt (C.Sturt), MCT, MCPD, MCSD, MCITP, MCDBA
    Blog: Mr. Wharty's Ramblings
    Twitter: @Mr_Wharty
    MC ID: Microsoft Transcript

    Thursday, July 12, 2012 12:24 PM
    Moderator
  • That is what I was planning on getting on the first place but I was really worried about the "Retires on June 2013".

    I did not want to spend so much hours studying for it and such, only to realize exam is retired.

    I am also not that familiar with the retired concept, What does that mean ? The Value of that cert is much lower ? 

    Thursday, July 12, 2012 10:24 PM
  • No, that means that you can't take these exams after June 2013 anymore.

    Best Regards. When you see answers and helpful posts, please click Vote As Helpful, Propose As Answer, and/or Mark As Answer. This helps us build a healthy and positive community.

    Friday, July 13, 2012 8:16 AM
    Answerer