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Alternative upgrade paths from MCPD VS2005 to VS2010? RRS feed

  • Question

  • I am a professional developer (also an MCT) holding MCPD Windows, Web, and Enterprise Application certifications in VS2005 (.NET 2.0).  In reviewing the options to get to MCPD Windows Developer 4 and MCPD Web Developer 4 certifications, it seems I've got two possible upgrade paths:

    1. Take the upgrade exams (70-566, 70-567, 70-568, 70-569) to upgrade to VS2008-level MCPD certifications, then take the exams 70-521 and 70-523 to upgrade the VS2008-level certifications to VS2010.
    2. Take the MCTS exams (70-511, 70-513, 70-516, 70-515) to get the necessary MCTS-level certifications for VS2010, followed by the 70-518 and 70-519 exams to upgrade from MCTS to MCPD for VS2010; i.e. bypass the VS2008 certification entirely.

    Either path would require six exams.  Is there any advantage to one of these paths over the other, if the end-goal is to get to the VS2010-level MCPD certifications?  On the other hand, is there any down-side to one path versus the other?

    Thank you for any insights you can provide.

    Monday, May 3, 2010 6:59 PM

Answers

  • The only point that I would add is that at least some of the .NET 3.5 upgrade exams (I'm not sure about the exams you have mentioned) are very comprehensive and I have heard from others that they have felt it was not really worth it to go through the upgrade exams, but more straight forward to take all of the .NET 3.5 exams.  Based on this, I might consider skipping the .NET 3.5 / VS 2008 certifications and just take the VS 2010 exams.

    Let us know what you decide and how things go for you!

    • Marked as answer by NBAVito Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:25 PM
    Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:06 AM
  • On closer examination, it appears I would not need to take exams 70-568 and 70-569 (the upgrade exams for MCPD Enterprise Application Developer in .NET 3.5) in the first alternative path in my original posting.  Simply upgrading to Windows Developer 3.5 and Web Developer 3.5 with exams 70-566 and 70-567 followed by 70-512 and 70-523 to complete the upgrade to Windows Developer 4 and Web Developer 4 would seem to work.  (The Enterprise Application Developer certification appears to have been dropped in VS2010.)

    I guess I've answered my own question, unless anyone out there can provide information I've overlooked (such as whether there is any benefit to attaining the Enterprise Application Developer certifications in VS2008).

    • Marked as answer by NBAVito Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:25 PM
    Monday, May 3, 2010 7:13 PM

All replies

  • On closer examination, it appears I would not need to take exams 70-568 and 70-569 (the upgrade exams for MCPD Enterprise Application Developer in .NET 3.5) in the first alternative path in my original posting.  Simply upgrading to Windows Developer 3.5 and Web Developer 3.5 with exams 70-566 and 70-567 followed by 70-512 and 70-523 to complete the upgrade to Windows Developer 4 and Web Developer 4 would seem to work.  (The Enterprise Application Developer certification appears to have been dropped in VS2010.)

    I guess I've answered my own question, unless anyone out there can provide information I've overlooked (such as whether there is any benefit to attaining the Enterprise Application Developer certifications in VS2008).

    • Marked as answer by NBAVito Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:25 PM
    Monday, May 3, 2010 7:13 PM
  • The only point that I would add is that at least some of the .NET 3.5 upgrade exams (I'm not sure about the exams you have mentioned) are very comprehensive and I have heard from others that they have felt it was not really worth it to go through the upgrade exams, but more straight forward to take all of the .NET 3.5 exams.  Based on this, I might consider skipping the .NET 3.5 / VS 2008 certifications and just take the VS 2010 exams.

    Let us know what you decide and how things go for you!

    • Marked as answer by NBAVito Thursday, May 20, 2010 5:25 PM
    Saturday, May 8, 2010 5:06 AM