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  • Hi, I'm currently between jobs so I figure I should spend a little time gelling up whilst I have the free time.

    I've been working in development for 3 years, mostly using Delphi and C#, all of which has been desktop based, and I'm looking to work towards learning ASP (since there seems to be a lot more work out there for serverside stuff rather than desktop.)

    I've been looking at the Wikipedia page for Microsoft certifications and was considering studying for the Microsoft Certified Professional Developer (MCPD) Professional Developer: ASP .NET Developer 3.5 qualification, which entails passing the following:

    Prerequisites:

    Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation
    Exam 70-562: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development

    Certification Exam:

    Exam 70-564: Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5

    What I wanted to ask is; will I have enough existing C# experience to tackle these qualifications? should I wait until I've done some hands-on ASP work first? Is there another qualification which might be more suitable for someone with my experience?

    Does anyone have any comments or suggestions?

    Many thanks in advance
    Friday, November 28, 2008 2:01 PM

Answers

  • Hi

    To get the ASP.NET exam I dont think you would have enough experience but your exposure to the .NET Framework as a whole will be of great benefit. Your main issue in the web dev exams will be lack of knowledge of IIS, the web.config fille and the tools commonly used by Internet devs when deploying applications and also the different application model used by web devs as compared to client application developers.

    Being honest, I would think it better to hit for the Windows Forms MCTS and MCPD rather than Web. But here is the kicker.

    You can do the .NET Foundation exam and hopefully you will pass it. It puts you in a great position to decide whether you want to continue with the web development track or move to the Windows Forms track.

    So take a look at the 70-528/70-562 exam landing pages (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-528.mspx & http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-562.mspx) and check out the requirements.

    These are the 2.0 and 3.5 Web Application MCTS exams. If either look ok to you, have a check with a practice exam from www.measureup.com and see how you get on. 

    This will show you if you have the knowledge to attempt the web track. 

    Michael has a great thread on prep for exams (http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/CertGeneral/thread/b58642cb-35b9-48d6-ad3c-8cc3c1db1354) and my own blog has some tips in relation to prep(http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com/2008/11/preparing-for-your-ms-exams.html) and the Foundations exam (http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com/2008/11/exam-tips-for-70-536.html)

    Hope that helps


    MCP,MCAD,MCSD.NET,MCTS,MCPD,MCITP Blog: http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com
    Friday, November 28, 2008 10:55 PM
  • (What I wanted to ask is; will I have enough existing C# experience to tackle these qualifications?)

    Hi James,

    The short answer is no because most Winform developers don't know all that is needed to develop and deploy Asp.net application.

    So I don't think it is practical to come from Winform to go to Asp.net 3.5 MCPD because the core building blocks of Asp.net today are in Asp.net 2.0 application services like membership, Profile, Roles, Masterpages, Themes, site map, Navigation and changes in custom control. These are structural core of Asp.net application you need to know to be able to develop and deploy Asp.net application.  The other reason is you need to know all of the above before you can add and remove the new Asp.net 3.5 features because Asp.net still compiles to 2.0 because VS2008 adds the new references.


    Exam 70-536 is very comprehensive but two very good C# books covers more than 95% of the exam so you can just use practice test and be confident you will pass exam 70-536. Check the thread below for how to pass exam 70-536 in C#.  You could look at the option of doing Asp.net 2.0 now and later upgrade so you will know what is needed to build Asp.net both 2.0 and 3.5 applications.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/016f96cd-3f7b-4ffe-b332-282b512f11dc



    Asp.net MVP, MCPD Web C#, MCTS TFS, MCITP BI and DBA
    Saturday, November 29, 2008 12:46 AM

All replies

  • Hi

    To get the ASP.NET exam I dont think you would have enough experience but your exposure to the .NET Framework as a whole will be of great benefit. Your main issue in the web dev exams will be lack of knowledge of IIS, the web.config fille and the tools commonly used by Internet devs when deploying applications and also the different application model used by web devs as compared to client application developers.

    Being honest, I would think it better to hit for the Windows Forms MCTS and MCPD rather than Web. But here is the kicker.

    You can do the .NET Foundation exam and hopefully you will pass it. It puts you in a great position to decide whether you want to continue with the web development track or move to the Windows Forms track.

    So take a look at the 70-528/70-562 exam landing pages (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-528.mspx & http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exams/70-562.mspx) and check out the requirements.

    These are the 2.0 and 3.5 Web Application MCTS exams. If either look ok to you, have a check with a practice exam from www.measureup.com and see how you get on. 

    This will show you if you have the knowledge to attempt the web track. 

    Michael has a great thread on prep for exams (http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en/CertGeneral/thread/b58642cb-35b9-48d6-ad3c-8cc3c1db1354) and my own blog has some tips in relation to prep(http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com/2008/11/preparing-for-your-ms-exams.html) and the Foundations exam (http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com/2008/11/exam-tips-for-70-536.html)

    Hope that helps


    MCP,MCAD,MCSD.NET,MCTS,MCPD,MCITP Blog: http://certsandprogs.blogspot.com
    Friday, November 28, 2008 10:55 PM
  • (What I wanted to ask is; will I have enough existing C# experience to tackle these qualifications?)

    Hi James,

    The short answer is no because most Winform developers don't know all that is needed to develop and deploy Asp.net application.

    So I don't think it is practical to come from Winform to go to Asp.net 3.5 MCPD because the core building blocks of Asp.net today are in Asp.net 2.0 application services like membership, Profile, Roles, Masterpages, Themes, site map, Navigation and changes in custom control. These are structural core of Asp.net application you need to know to be able to develop and deploy Asp.net application.  The other reason is you need to know all of the above before you can add and remove the new Asp.net 3.5 features because Asp.net still compiles to 2.0 because VS2008 adds the new references.


    Exam 70-536 is very comprehensive but two very good C# books covers more than 95% of the exam so you can just use practice test and be confident you will pass exam 70-536. Check the thread below for how to pass exam 70-536 in C#.  You could look at the option of doing Asp.net 2.0 now and later upgrade so you will know what is needed to build Asp.net both 2.0 and 3.5 applications.

    http://social.msdn.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/016f96cd-3f7b-4ffe-b332-282b512f11dc



    Asp.net MVP, MCPD Web C#, MCTS TFS, MCITP BI and DBA
    Saturday, November 29, 2008 12:46 AM