If there is one thing you should know about Visual Studio 2008 certifications... it is that there are three things you should know.
Four. Four things you should know.
YOU: Damn, that seems like a lot of certifications!
ME: Yes, it does seem like a lot, and it makes sense that way. One of the main reasons for breaking our certifications up in to smaller, more targeted chunks (via MCTS series certifications) is so certification makes sense to more people. Most Microsoft customers do not need, or intend, to earn every certification. The paths are very short. They are on ONE technology. The name makes it pretty clear to a hiring manager what you know. You can earn a certification in two exams to show that you know what's up with new stuff, like WPF. Or give yourself an achievable goal if you're starting out as a web developer. Or put a few of those together, or go on to earn a professional-series certification (which, because of the shorter paths, are still reasonable--i.e. comparable to or shorter than the classic MCP certs--numbers of exams). The idea is to have choices--and pick something that makes sense for each individual, rather than having us dictate (when not everyone's job or career interest is the same, and new technology is coming out quickly). PS, yes I know the situation is different for MCTs.
ME: Thank you.
*You might notice that in the 2005 certs, we had MCTS: Web and MCPD: Web Developer. In the 2008 certs, we have MCTS: ASP.NET and MCPD: ASP.NET Developer. My understanding from Jeff is that we changed to make it very clear that we are certifying on web development skills with Microsoft, rather than all-around any-platform web development.
**I posted this to my Sky Drive. Can you download it? Does it work? I've never tried that before. It was very easy. Sky Drive told me, "Are you bored waiting for your file to upload? here, play this little game." And it was a ball in a square and you kind of bounced it around and it was actually pretty distracting. Move over Live Writer... I see a Sky Drive tube top in my future.
***If you are interested enough in certification to be reading this blog, you are possibly one of the "some" to whom I'm referring. Exceptions: Mary, Tyler, and Megan.