A bunch of us (keen, or is that masochistic, local developers) have signed up for the beta version of the 70-528 exam — TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-based Client Development (called 71-528 while it's in Beta).
All of the new exams will be Beta tested prior to general release.
The problem with doing a Beta exam is that there’s not a lot of material to study from. To help with the study process, Tatham Oddie has set up an irc server and we’ll be chatting twice a week for a couple of hours in a study session for the next couple of weeks. I’ve done beta exams in the past (back in the days of VFP 6.0) and the chat format worked very well. It’s also great to have the chat transcript to review and for others to use as an aide.
Update: Andrew Higginbottom points out that:
there are some online MS courses for VS2005 (4 for webforms dev) that are free if you sign up before 8 nov and once downloaded the content is valid until feb 2006.I'm yet to do any but they seem OK from a quick look...https://www.microsoftelearning.com/visualstudio2005/default.aspx
Monday 31 October 1930 – 2130
Wednesday 2 November 1930 – 2130
Monday 7 November 1930 – 2130
Wednesday 9 November 1930 – 2130
Monday 14 November 1930 – 2130
Wednesday 16 November 1930 – 2130
So, if you're signed up for the beta exam, or if you just want to get a head start on the new certs, please join us next Monday
Darwin Abustan, one of our local Developer Support Engineers has started blogging. This is fantastic. Darwin (and the rest of the developer support team – come on Lucas, Arthur, Michelle, Andrew, Andrew and Sean! Where are your blogs?) is at the coal face, solving customer problems every day. I’m really looking forward to lots more articles like this one on Kerberos Delegation to SQL Server.
Darwin will also be responsible for supporting Team Foundation Server and all of the new goodness in Team System.
Ironically, for a ASP.NET certification, I've set up a couple of static HTM pages to serve as a home for the 71-528 study group.
The main page is here.
There’s a list of the skills being measured here.
And a calendar reminder in ics format here.
Updated: Fixed some spelling and added a transcript link.
The Study Chats for 71-528 start this evening. I've broken up the "skills to be measured" matrix into four parts and left a couple of nights as revision and feedback (as some people will have already taken the exam by the time it gets around to those nights).
Please come along to the chat session if you're studying for the exam, or even if you're just interested in getting a head start on the learning for the new certifications.
We didn’t get as far through the 71–528 skills as I’d hoped, but we had a good chat about some of the first section. I’ve posted the unedited transcript. Thanks again to Tatham for hosting the chat.
Please join us on Wednesday for the next installment of the study group.