Visual Studio 2008 Cert Story Almost Complete

Visual Studio 2008 Cert Story Almost Complete

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I know a lot of you are waiting for this and I do apologize for the delay.  The issue with this current certification path is in the changes reflected in the product, coupled with the Technology Specialist certifications that are about to release.

Early next year, right around the official product launches of Visual Studio, SQL Server and Server 2008, you will see 5 new TS level certifications.   Well 3 for sure and possibly 5.

These certifications are focused on specific aspects of .NET 3.5.  Windows Presentation Foundation, Windows Communication Foundation, Windows Workflow, ADO.NET and ASP.NET.  The two latter certs being the later released of the five.

As a result, these 5 TS certifications have a tendancy to muddy the waters for not just the Professional level space, but also blurring the lines between, or potentially eliminating, the 3 previous silos of Windows Developer, Web Developer and Enterprise Developer.

Although the 5 TS certs do have some mapping to each of these silos, there isn't a clear picture of where they belong.  This is why I asked the question in an earlier post about the term Web Developer and what comes to mind.

We have comitted internally to a time frame for this final story, and once that is communicated inside MSL, we will formulate the necessary communication out to you.

Comments are welcome on your opinions and how you use these technologies in the real world.



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  • Thanks Gary:

    I looked here:

    and, if I am reading that right, MCPD: Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 requires the usual baseline of Forms, Web, ADO, Ent Arch and the distributed piece is being replaced by WCF.  So will there be any WF and WPF on the exams?  If not, that seems backwards - you would want to test on the new stuff in 3.0 and 3.5 (WF, WCF, WPF, LINQ, etc...) and not re-hash the 2.0 stuff.  Did I mis-understand your intention?  Or is the Forms/Web replaced by WPF and WF sprinked in various exams?

    Also, you mention the prep guides.  I used this link

    and there is not a exam-specific prep guide listed.  Is there another url?


  • Hi James,

    Mispelling my name is a good way to get me to ignore you.   :-)

    So to answer your question about misunderstanding my intention, no, you didn't.  WF and WPF are not a part of the Enterprise developer track.

    Enterprise is intended to be for developers creating large, multi-tier applications.  Now, in the near future, perhaps WPF will form a part of the client side but at this time, it hasn't replaced Windows Forms and therefore, it remains as a standalone MCTS certification only.

    Workflow is not a standalone technology either and must be hosted in an application.  Because it can be spread across multiple application styles, such as standalone, Office apps, SharePoint sites etc., we felt it was best to not force developers to take that portion when they may not be using it at all.

    As for the prep guides, I'm afraid you need to dig a little deeper than that page.  Once you get there, select Technology, then choose Developer and then MCTS or MCPD.  These pages will then give you exam numbers to click on for the prep guides.

    We can't make it too easy for you.


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