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  • Hello all,

      my name's Marco and i am a Java Developer.

    I have been studying and writing code in  C# and i'd like to get Microsoft Certified to improve my career, but i don't know where to start.

    I have checked Microsoft site, and i wanted to take the Microsoft Certified Developer exam(s), but when i went to check which exam can give me

    a MCD certifications, they look all expired..

    Could any one suggest me where to start? i have found by chance another link mentioning exams 70-502 or 70-503.. are those the entry

    point exam for someone who want to get a Microsoft Certification?

     

    w/kindest regards

     marco

     

     

     

     


    mmistroni
    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 8:46 PM

Answers

  • Here's a direct link to the MS Learning site for Visual Studio

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

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:02 PM
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  • Hi,

    The current "entry point" would be an MCTS (Microsoft Certified technology Specialist) certification. The MCTS can be on different subjects, depending on your specialty. For example, if you develop web applications, then you can take exam 70-515 to get the certification "TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4". If you later want a more advanced certification, you can get a MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) by taking additional exams. You can find the whole set of options at the Microsoft Learning website (link provided in the previous message).

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:08 AM
  • You should follow the Visual Studio certification tracks.

    You can find an pdf showing Visual Studio certification paths here

    You should first take the 70-536 first since it is a prerequisite for all certifications in .NET 3.5 development

     


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    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:49 PM
    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:37 AM
  • I think that the 70-536 could be very interesting for a Java Developer because it shows a lot of basics. (So no need for any log libaries that way converted from java to .net just to use some parts that .Net Framework already has inside :) )

    But: I would not consider starting with the Visual Studio 2008 exams. The training material for the new 2010 exams is available or comes in the next weeks so I would directly start with 70-515. Starting with Visual Studio 2008 exams has some disadvantages like
    - not newest technology.
    - Need to upgrade later if you want to get latest certifications
    - One exam more (70-536).

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

     

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:49 PM
    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:48 AM
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  • I would agree with Konrad, the material covered in exam 70-536 is core and knowledge of it supports a solid base for understanding the .NET environment - I would suggest that at a minimum you review the topics covered in this exam and ensure that you feel comfortable with them.

    I would suggest that you focus your certification efforts on the newer .NET 4/VS 2010 exams.  Unless you have a good reason to earn certification in .NET 3.5 I feel it is best to 'prove' yourself on the most current technology.

    Following the link provided by Charles you can review the certifications available in VS2010, VS2008 and VS2005.  If you choose to follow the VS2010 certification path begin by selecting the technology that you feel most comfortable with (Windows, Web or Service development) and prepare for the related exam to earn an MCTS.  Next I would suggest taking the data access exam (70-516).  Finally I would take the final exam (three are required) to earn an MCPD for either Windows or Web development.

    Good luck with your certification!

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:50 PM
    Saturday, January 8, 2011 4:40 PM

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  • Here's a direct link to the MS Learning site for Visual Studio

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

    Tuesday, January 4, 2011 9:02 PM
    Answerer
  • Hi,

    The current "entry point" would be an MCTS (Microsoft Certified technology Specialist) certification. The MCTS can be on different subjects, depending on your specialty. For example, if you develop web applications, then you can take exam 70-515 to get the certification "TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4". If you later want a more advanced certification, you can get a MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer) by taking additional exams. You can find the whole set of options at the Microsoft Learning website (link provided in the previous message).

    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:08 AM
  • You should follow the Visual Studio certification tracks.

    You can find an pdf showing Visual Studio certification paths here

    You should first take the 70-536 first since it is a prerequisite for all certifications in .NET 3.5 development

     


    SQL Server and T-SQL Tutorials
    My Personal Site
    Our true mentor in life is science
    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:49 PM
    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:37 AM
  • I think that the 70-536 could be very interesting for a Java Developer because it shows a lot of basics. (So no need for any log libaries that way converted from java to .net just to use some parts that .Net Framework already has inside :) )

    But: I would not consider starting with the Visual Studio 2008 exams. The training material for the new 2010 exams is available or comes in the next weeks so I would directly start with 70-515. Starting with Visual Studio 2008 exams has some disadvantages like
    - not newest technology.
    - Need to upgrade later if you want to get latest certifications
    - One exam more (70-536).

    With kind regards,

    Konrad

     

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:49 PM
    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:48 AM
    Answerer
  • I'm also recommending starting with 70-536. It is perfect as start.
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    Wednesday, January 5, 2011 6:53 AM
  • I would agree with Konrad, the material covered in exam 70-536 is core and knowledge of it supports a solid base for understanding the .NET environment - I would suggest that at a minimum you review the topics covered in this exam and ensure that you feel comfortable with them.

    I would suggest that you focus your certification efforts on the newer .NET 4/VS 2010 exams.  Unless you have a good reason to earn certification in .NET 3.5 I feel it is best to 'prove' yourself on the most current technology.

    Following the link provided by Charles you can review the certifications available in VS2010, VS2008 and VS2005.  If you choose to follow the VS2010 certification path begin by selecting the technology that you feel most comfortable with (Windows, Web or Service development) and prepare for the related exam to earn an MCTS.  Next I would suggest taking the data access exam (70-516).  Finally I would take the final exam (three are required) to earn an MCPD for either Windows or Web development.

    Good luck with your certification!

    • Marked as answer by Rubel Khan Wednesday, January 26, 2011 5:50 PM
    Saturday, January 8, 2011 4:40 PM