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  • Blog Post: Free Silverlight Training on Channel 9

    Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper explaining all of the new Silverlight 4 features, several hands-on-labs that explain the features, and a 8 unit course for building business applications with Silverlight 4. The business applications course...
  • Blog Post: Free Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Training Kit

    Windows Phone 7 Series holds a promise to be an amazing personal mobile phone with new innovative user interface and functionality , as well as a great development platform on which you can quickly and easily build games and applications. With a myriad of new devices, a powerful and immersive software...
  • Blog Post: Free Certification Exams

    <warning> This is a long post </warning> Want to see if you’re ready to develop for the Azure platform? Do you have what it takes to create Web apps using ASP.NET, JavaScript, AJAX and Silverlight? What about desktop apps using WPF? Perhaps you're the service developer using WCF or maybe...
  • Blog Post: New Training on Channel 9

    Are you trying to find more information to help you prepare for certifications?  Perhaps you would like to go a little deeper on some of the technologies.  Channel 9 has always been a great go-to place for developers looking for the latest information and now, they’ve added some great training...
  • Blog Post: Microsoft Certifications: Where Do I Start? (A Series)

    I am kicking off a series of posts today that are designed to address your questions around getting or updating a Microsoft certification.  The series will follow this outline; 1) I'm new to Microsoft certifications.  Where do I start? 2) I am already certified as an MCSD or an MCAD but I want...
  • Blog Post: Blog Title Change

    It's time to put my petty complaints, personal thoughts and ideas on another blog and make this an official Microsoft Certification blog. As a result, I have changed the title of the blog to better reflect the content that will reside here moving forward. I also pledge to update and post in a more...
  • Blog Post: .NET 3.5 Beta Exams Extended

    That's right, we have extended the betas for 3 .NET exams.  We are looking at getting more candidates to take these exams to ensure adequate data for analysis before they are released in their live versions. I know that these technologies listed below are new and that not many people are using WPF...
  • Blog Post: SQL Server 2008 Certifications Make My Head Hurt

    Well, at least trying to decide the certification story. I haven't taken the exams for 2005 yet, let alone 2008. SO, early thoughts on where the SQL story might go are causing some churn, concern and heartburn. Be that as it may, I am considering, note I didn't say creating, the following story. Tell...
  • Blog Post: Take a .NET Beta Exam Today!

    That's right, we have extended the betas for 3 .NET exams so you have an opportunity to register for, and take the following: Please note the following restrictions before attempting to sign up: 1) Not available in China, India or Pakistan 2) There is no guarantee of a seat so register early. ...
  • Blog Post: Calling All C++ Developers

    Ok, that's sort of like a marketing thing where I put a headline out there just to get you to read my post. Sorry, but I have a very serious question to ask you and I need your feedback. For those of you who are developing using Microsoft's Visual C++ in either version of Visual Studio, it should be...
  • Blog Post: .NET Languages and Certifications

    Traditionally, we have created exams with development language support for Visual Basic, C# and C++. A recent revelation if you will, of the 70-502 WPF exam, showed that not all technologies support all 3 languages. There is no designer support for WPF in Visual Studio 2008 when it comes to C++ projects...
  • Blog Post: Technology Adoption Time Frame and the Relation to Certification

    So, as I dig deeper into this whole Visual Studio 2008 story, seeking alignment with products and industry use, one thought continues to occur to me. This thought leads me down a path that in my mind makes sense but may not resonate well with all. How long does it take you to fully implement or utilize...
  • Blog Post: Visual Studio 2008 Cert Story Almost Complete

    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...
  • Blog Post: What's in a Name?

    If I were to ask your interpretation of the following two titles, what would your response be? Web Developer ASP.NET Developer Think about those two terms and tell me what comes to mind. If you were to post a job opportunity for a Web developer, what skills are you looking for? If you posted for an ASP...
  • Blog Post: New Exam for Windows Embedded

    Even though Windows Embedded has been around for some time, there hasn't been a Microsoft certification program for it per se. We have exams on WIndows Mobile 5.0 and will be releasing exams on 6.0 as well, but for the hardcore Windows Embedded (CE, XP and POS) market, there hasnt't been much in the...
  • Blog Post: How # Are You?

    You're savvy in the ways of C#. You know the .NET Framework like the back of your hand. Or do you? Just when you thought there were a plethora of dev languages to choose from, the waters become murky again. Out of our research labs and into the hands of .NET developers everywhere comes F# . So...
  • Blog Post: MSDN Launches Tester Center

    Is your role that of a software tester? Do you spend your days writing test code for your organization? Do you yearn for a central location where you can discuss practices, tools and testing in general with your peers? MSDN has the site for you. Today is the launch of the MSDN Tester Center . Find videos...
  • Blog Post: Now He's Gone and Done It.

    I was holding off as long as I dared but alas, the cat has been let out of the bag. Microsoft Learning's former developer certification Product Planner, Howard Dierking , took the opportunity to work with MSDN magazine as Editor-in-Chief. Congratulations to Howard on a great position with a great magazine...
  • Blog Post: VSTS Web Client Is in CTP

    Talk about your cool tools, the Visual Studio Team System group has just released a CTP for a web access client for Visual Studio Team System. Visit Brian's blog for more details. I have tested this with TFS 2005 and it works great. Why? Well because it works with 2005 and I haven't gotten around...
  • Blog Post: What Tasks do You Perform Daily as a Developer or Network Professional?

    Part of our processes here at Microsoft Learning is working towards creating relevant training and certification exams. Over the past couple of years, we have introduced some new ideas and modified exisitng ones to work towards this goal. Two of these processes create outputs known as Unified Skills...
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