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Visual Studio 2008 Exam Availability Smackdown!
Something I learned at TechEd is that if you call anything a “smackdown” it seems cool, and less boring than if you do not call it that. There was some session called the Mobility Smackdown , and it seemed like everyone was all amped about it. So, from now on, all of my sessions will be called...
9 Sep 2008
Price reduction on retiring exams (and VS/SQL upgrade exams)
Complete your Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD), Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD), or Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification or upgrade your certifications to Visual Studio 2005 or SQL Server 2005 with a 40 percent automatic price reduction on retiring...
30 Aug 2008
70-536 prep session
Thanks you guys for coming to the prep session with Susan yesterday, even if you weren't listening. Please read this - I know from the number of questions on it we haven't done a good job explaining: Does 536 cover .NET 2.0 content or 3.5 content? 70-536 is focused on measuring your skills and knowledge...
12 Jun 2008
.NET Framework 3.5 Certifications
If there is one thing you should know about Visual Studio 2008 certifications... it is that there are three things you should know. There are six MCTS certifications to choose from to show off your specific technology skill set. Three of those six can be earned today. There are three MCPD certifications...
18 Apr 2008
Cram for your exams with Microsoft Learning (it's on the house)
We'll be hosting three Live Meeting 'cram for your exam' sessions to help new people get started. We've done this at TechEd before, and it seems like it goes really well. WHO SHOULD ATTEND: These are for people who have some familiarity with the underlying product (Vista, Active Directory, ...
8 Apr 2008
Boring myself silly: download VS/SQL/Press slides
If you have access to the MCP site, you can now download the slides and transcribed presentations from the Visual Studio 2008 cert, SQL Server 2008 cert and Microsoft Press "how to be a technical author" live meetings from last month. We transcribe them so you (MCPs) can borrow and use in presentations...
6 Mar 2008
Be the first to know about VS2008 and SQL2008 exams
Sign up to get a notice on the day the Visual Studio 2008 exams and SQL Server 2008 exams go live. VS are coming up soonish, and SQL are a long way out. I encourage you to let go of your legacy methodologies--floundering, shooting-in-dark, wild poking-about--and sign up to let us tell you exactly when...
27 Feb 2008
Visual Studio 2008 certifications
Hello. Yesterday we had two Live Meetings to talk about Visual Studio 2008 certifications and developer certification. You can watch the recording from the afternoon session here . Without any of the good detail, here is a quick summary of what Jeff (Product Manager) and Gerry (Product Planner) covered...
24 Jan 2008
Developer Certifications Live Meeting
We're hosting a January 23 meeting to update you on Visual Studio certifications--and anything else you want to talk about, as long as it is somewhat related*. I'm pleased because, in this meeting, we can introduce some new-ish team members focused on dev cert: Gerry, developer product planner ( you...
29 Nov 2007
A few bits of interest, if you care about Visual Studio 2008 : There is a "what's new" classroom training course you can take now There are two free e-learning options - an e-clinic on "ASP.NET AJAX Extensions" (ASP.NET AJAX Extensions, no doi) and some intro e-learning for WPF, WCF, and Workflow .....
19 Nov 2007
until March 31, 25% off MCAD/MCSD to VS2005 exams
Last few weeks for this promotion: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/upgrade/default.mspx . If you have questions about your upgrade path, let me know. And/or check these developer-learning-product-expert blogs if you have learning-product-specific questions. Howard: Developer exams Glenn...
13 Mar 2007
a few notes on Microsoft Press Training Kits for VS2005 exams
A customer asked if we're bundling any books for the developer certifications, and here's what I found out: There will be a training kit ('TK's, as we say in the biz) bundle for MCPD: Web Developer, including what you need for the pre-requisite MCTS: Web Developer, available in February 2007 (see first...
15 Jan 2007
What we're planning for .NET 3.0 certifications
Howard just posted this, good info. http://blogs.msdn.com/howard_dierking/archive/2006/12/08/what-are-we-planning-for-net-3-0.aspx
3 Jan 2007
update on exam path for MCSDs interested in VS2005 Credentials
On the developer upgrade landing page , we talked about a four-exam upgrade path for MCSDs to earn all three MCPD certifications and there have been a number of discussions about this following our VS2005 live meeting . The fact is, the systems are set up so that if an MCSD holds both MCPD: Web and MCPD...
27 Dec 2006
Shameless marketing pitch: dev e-learning and practice test offers expire December 30
If you want to take any of the dev upgrade exams (551, 552, 553, 554) you might like to know that there are offers on e-learning, practice tests, and exams through the end of this month, more info here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/upgrade/default.mspx . Here is my pitch: 15% savings on...
17 Dec 2006
PPT from the 'MCAD/MCSD to VS2005' Meeting is available
Earlier I talked about the Oct 25 Live meeting about Visual Studio 2005 certs and how to get there from MCAD and MCSD... here's the deck to review or share http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/upgrade/default.mspx#STEP_02
10 Nov 2006
Upgrades to VS2005
Last week we had a Live Meeting for MCAD/MCSDs about the new VS2005 certifications. Here's the recording . It was great, mostly because we got so many good questions that had obviously not been well answered before (sorry about that...!). These are the questions you asked most... they are in the PowerPoint...
2 Nov 2006
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