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  • Hi,

    I am an engineering graduate, just out of the college and I am from INDIA,hyderabad. I have done a project on ASP.NET in my college. I have very much interest to .net development and I would like to go in web development using .net .

    Recently I came to know about this certifications and I would like to do MS certs. can any1 suggest me a MS certs path for me as it is really confusing in MS website.

    And suggest me study material, online courses and any class room courses, e-learning materials, any online or tests cd tests. and if possible suggest me any free material 'cause i currently nt in a position to buy any material.

    Thanks
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 9:55 AM

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  • Hi,

    I am an engineering graduate, just out of the college and I am from INDIA,hyderabad. I have done a project on ASP.NET in my college. I have very much interest to .net development and I would like to go in web development using .net .

    Recently I came to know about this certifications and I would like to do MS certs. can any1 suggest me a MS certs path for me as it is really confusing in MS website.

    And suggest me study material, online courses and any class room courses, e-learning materials, any online or tests cd tests. and if possible suggest me any free material 'cause i currently nt in a position to buy any material.

    Thanks

    There are two levels of MS certifications, when it comes to the programming side, the:

    MCTS: Aimed at professionals who has one or more years of experience implementing, troubleshooting, and debugging a specific technology, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx#tab1 and the

    MCPD: Aimed at professionals who have two to three years of experience developing solutions by using Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcpd.aspx

    For the programming route the first exam that is strongly recommended (besides you have to do it) is the 70-536: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-536&locale=en-us  then decide which route you want to progress down.

    Personally I would say and recommend after the 70-536 start looking around and concentrate on getting a programming/software engineering job.  The higher professional qualifications (MCITP/MCPD, etc) are there to reflect your job role and responsibilies and not to be used as a subsitute for experience, there are a growing number of IT managers (including myself) who are ignoring/disregarding the higher level certs if the experience doesn't match. 

    Ok, for study resources (that I've used and recommend):

    Books from publishers like: MSPress, Sybex, Syngress and Examcram.
    CBT's: CBTNuggets, Testout, Trainsignal and Learnkey.
    Practice exams (non-braindump): Preplogic, Transcender, Boson and Measure-Up.
    Hands on experience: With the technology itself

    Hope this helps :)




    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 3:33 AM
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:18 AM

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  • Hi,

    I am an engineering graduate, just out of the college and I am from INDIA,hyderabad. I have done a project on ASP.NET in my college. I have very much interest to .net development and I would like to go in web development using .net .

    Recently I came to know about this certifications and I would like to do MS certs. can any1 suggest me a MS certs path for me as it is really confusing in MS website.

    And suggest me study material, online courses and any class room courses, e-learning materials, any online or tests cd tests. and if possible suggest me any free material 'cause i currently nt in a position to buy any material.

    Thanks

    There are two levels of MS certifications, when it comes to the programming side, the:

    MCTS: Aimed at professionals who has one or more years of experience implementing, troubleshooting, and debugging a specific technology, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcts.aspx#tab1 and the

    MCPD: Aimed at professionals who have two to three years of experience developing solutions by using Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcpd.aspx

    For the programming route the first exam that is strongly recommended (besides you have to do it) is the 70-536: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-536&locale=en-us  then decide which route you want to progress down.

    Personally I would say and recommend after the 70-536 start looking around and concentrate on getting a programming/software engineering job.  The higher professional qualifications (MCITP/MCPD, etc) are there to reflect your job role and responsibilies and not to be used as a subsitute for experience, there are a growing number of IT managers (including myself) who are ignoring/disregarding the higher level certs if the experience doesn't match. 

    Ok, for study resources (that I've used and recommend):

    Books from publishers like: MSPress, Sybex, Syngress and Examcram.
    CBT's: CBTNuggets, Testout, Trainsignal and Learnkey.
    Practice exams (non-braindump): Preplogic, Transcender, Boson and Measure-Up.
    Hands on experience: With the technology itself

    Hope this helps :)




    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Friday, January 8, 2010 3:33 AM
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:18 AM
  • Thanks for ur reply,

    Bit i am slightly confused here. You mean to say that doing this certs is nt that helpful unless I have work experience, but i just joined a job software engineer. Many people, whom I contacted and unlike you none of them it managers,  advised me
    to do these certs b4 getting in to job, which i couldn't do. So should i prepare for the first exam i.e, 70-536? I checked the link u gave. I think 70-562 is the exam i should take to be web developer.

    and what are these CBT's???
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 10:41 AM
  • Thanks for ur reply,

    Bit i am slightly confused here. You mean to say that doing this certs is nt that helpful unless I have work experience, but i just joined a job software engineer. Many people, whom I contacted and unlike you none of them it managers,  advised me
    to do these certs b4 getting in to job, which i couldn't do. So should i prepare for the first exam i.e, 70-536? I checked the link u gave. I think 70-562 is the exam i should take to be web developer.

    and what are these CBT's???

    No, I'm not saying do not do certificates.  But what I am saying is to do certification at your level, for example, you've just graduated and got a job as a software engineer.  You will not have the experience for the MCPD, however you already have the experience for the MCTS.  It's not rushing to get all the certificates, it's about getting certified wisely.

    I would say prepare and go for the 70-536 as:

    Quote from MS: Pass Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation. This exam is the foundation prerequisite for all Visual Studio 2005 and Visual Studio 2008 MCTS and MCPD certifications.

    Now as for the web developer/application MCTS, it does depend on which version of .Net you're working with:

    If it's .Net 2, then you will have to pass the following 2 exams: 70-536 & 70-528
    If it's .Net 3.5, then "yes" you will have to pass both the 70-536 & the 70-562

    As for what are CBT's, it stands for Computer based Training, basically training on either CD's or DVD's.

    Hope this helps and good luck with your studies :)
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 3:12 PM
  • Hi,

    I am an engineering graduate, just out of the college and I am from INDIA,hyderabad. I have done a project on ASP.NET in my college. I have very much interest to .net development and I would like to go in web development using .net .

    Recently I came to know about this certifications and I would like to do MS certs. can any1 suggest me a MS certs path for me as it is really confusing in MS website.

    And suggest me study material, online courses and any class room courses, e-learning materials, any online or tests cd tests. and if possible suggest me any free material 'cause i currently nt in a position to buy any material.

    Thanks

    You can get a free Microsoft certification transit map that should help you out.
    Tuesday, September 29, 2009 8:30 PM
  • Hey Ninja...

    Thanx for the reply. I'll prepare to give 70-536 exam. But what is the experienced required for MCPD(as prescribed by the Microsoft ???)......

    One more thing, where do you work KitKatNinja ....


    Thanks again
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    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:04 AM
  • Hey Ninja...

    Thanx for the reply. I'll prepare to give 70-536 exam. But what is the experienced required for MCPD(as prescribed by the Microsoft ???)......

    One more thing, where do you work KitKatNinja ....


    Thanks again
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    Hey mate,

    See my above post:

    MCPD: Aimed at professionals who have two to three years of experience developing solutions by using Visual Studio and the Microsoft .NET Framework, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/certification/mcpd.aspx

    I work in the UK :)
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:06 AM
  • Hi...

    Thanx 4 d replies....this is very helpful.
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 10:09 AM
  • Hi...

    Thanx 4 d replies....this is very helpful.

    Cool, good luck with your studies :)
    -Ken | http://ken.wagnerfamily.co.uk
    Wednesday, September 30, 2009 1:55 PM