• GerryO's Blog

    More Developer Training from Channel 9

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    Sitting here at PDC this week and watching the loooooonnnng line for the Azure hands-on labs.   Wow! Not at PDC, or perhaps you are but you don’t think the camera or mouse is worth the wait?  Try out the new training from Channel 9 online...
  • GerryO's Blog

    New Training on Channel 9

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    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...
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    Visual Studio 2010 Exams Update

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    We are just finishing up week two of intense exam design sessions today.  Last week we created the outline for the MCTS Windows and Web exams.  Lots of great discussion by a group of excellent subject matter experts for each session.  Please...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Win 7 and VS2010 Training Courses LIVE

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      Want to learn more on the latest versions of Visual Studio and Windows coming out of Redmond?  Do you like how-to videos and hands-on labs? Just got word on  some Visual Studio 2010 and Windows 7 training from Channel 9.  Check out...
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    Dates Set for Visual Studio 2010 Exam Design

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    October and November will be busy months around here as we start design on the Visual Studio 2010 exams.  These sessions will be a little different than what we did for VS2008 as we are working with our Portfolio Design team on a combined effort...
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    Developer Certification Changes

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    Early information but at this point, it looks as though there will be two new exams for SharePoint developers coming.  An MCTS and an MCPD for Office SharePoint Server.  Some of you asked for the MCPD at PDC and I indicated at the time that...
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    Windows vs WPF

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    Wow, what a lot of feedback on both blogs around the Windows Forms vs WPF debate.  All good comments and excellent feedback folks, thanks very much.  For those who haven’t read or partaken in the discussions, allow me to provide some background...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Visual Studio 2010 Exams Are Changing

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    Well, just a little. After much thought, and then some more, along with discussions with the community, the product groups for Visual Studio and .NET 4, our own internal folks and anyone else who wanted to chime in, we have finally decided on most of...
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    Certification Update and Small Survey

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    We are almost locked on our Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 certification track.  Lots of discussions around this internally and a potential change in the landscape.  At this point in time, it’s looking like the MCPD track will change...
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    All is Quiet on the Cert Front

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    Too quiet actually. I know a lot of people are waiting to see what the new cert plan will be for Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0.  I can’t tell you yet because we are working on it now. The main reason for this post and the title is more related...
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    Exam 70-565 Prep Guide

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    Some of you are asking about information on what this exam will cover and the prep guides are not updated on the public pages yet.  In the meantime, I have posted the prep guide information here.   Target Audience Candidates for this exam work...
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    Career Assist

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    The current economic situation leaves many people wondering about their careers and future job prospects.  The IT industry is not immune to these conditions.  We all face many challenges and decisions in the months ahead on how to best position...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Keeping Up to Date and Going Backwards at the Same Time

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    Part of my role as a Product Planner is to keep up with technology changes in the industry as they impact the audiences that I focus on.  For me, that means developer technologies and SQL Server trends etc.  For the most part, this is an enjoyable...
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    Status Update on Exam Release Dates

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    A few are asking, so I thought I would post this morning what our current release dates are for the remaining exams. SQL Server 70-433 – February 27, 2009 Visual Studio 70-505 – February 5, 2009 70-563 – February 3, 2009 70-565 – February 23, 2009 70...
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    Designers Are Next

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    Yes that’s right, I will be looking at what to do with some of the Expression Suite of products in my planning for this next fiscal year.  I will be meeting with representatives from the Expression Design team this afternoon to discuss training and...
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    Quick Update for the New Year

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    I know it’s been awhile since I posted and for that I have to say, oh well. I spent two weeks at home over the Christmas holidays and didn’t touch a computer for the purposes of work The break was nice for a change. Since I have been back, things...
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    70-505 Closes on Monday

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    I know lots of you have already registered and like to wait until the later dates of delivery and that is great.   Thanks for your interest. For those who haven't, there may still be a chance to take this exam for free.  Just visit my previous...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Exam Centers Charging for Beta Exams

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    I hate posting this, but I need to get some information to help resolve these issues.  I had a post that was made on the 24th of November where someone gave me the name of a testing center in Bucharest that was charging for beta exams. Unfortunately...
  • GerryO's Blog

    How do I Prepare for the Visual Studio 2008 Exams?

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    I am being asked this question quite often lately, and of course it is a perfectly valid question.  Where are all the MS Press Training Kits?  What can you use to prepare for the exams if you want to take them now? If you visit my post back...
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    70-563 - Pro: Designing and Developing Windows® Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 Redux

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    That's right, it's back! You can register and take this exam between the dates of November 19 and December 12, 2008. Register online at Prometric using the beta code DW897. Gerry
  • GerryO's Blog

    Register for Beta Exam 71-505: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development

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    Registration Begins 11/21/2008 You are invited to take beta exam 71-505: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you will not need to take...
  • GerryO's Blog

    FREE eLearning at TechEd EMEA

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    Stop by the Microsoft Learning booth in the expo hall for a voucher to obtain one free eLearning collection. That's 20 hours of training on your choice of Microsoft Technology offered at our elearning library for courseware. While you're there, talk...
  • GerryO's Blog

    Register for Beta Exam 71-565: Pro: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5

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    Registration Begins 11/7/2008 You are invited to take beta exam 71-565: Pro: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and...
  • GerryO's Blog

    New Vista Learning Snacks: A Free Offer (Worldwide)

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    I know this is a developer and SQL Server related blog for certifications however, I know that you are all running Vista now. Right? Thinking about a Vista Certification? Get a jump start with new Vista Learning Snacks. These free, interactive presentations...
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    Register for Beta Exam 71-564: Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft(r) .NET Framework 3.5

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    Registration Begins 11/5/2008 You are invited to take beta exam 71-564: Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5. If you pass the beta exam, the exam credit will be added to your transcript and you...
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