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Join me in studying for MCTS exam 70-536

I just got the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): .NET FRAMEWORK 2.0 Application Development  Foundation in the mail yesterday. I finished lesson 1 in chapter 1 and posted my notes and VB examples on this page: Types in the .NET Framework – Part 1: Value Types.

As I complete each lesson, I’ll add a link to my notes on this page: Exam 70-536: Application Development Foundation – Study Topics. Note that my lesson notes will be on pages, not posts. I’ll only post to let you know when I start  a new chapter.

I hope some of you will join me and add comments to the lesson pages. Whether you are studying for the MCTS or MCPD, it will be easier and more fun if we take the journey to certification together!

August 16, 2007 at 6:53 pm 5 comments

Study Topics for Microsoft Exam 70-536: .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation

This list of topics was taken from a page on the Microsoft Learning web site, Preparation Guide for Exam 70-536
TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation,
from the section: “Skills Measured in Exam 70-536”. I’ve just reformatted the information to make it easier to read (IMHO).  This exam is required for both the MCPD and MCTS certifications.

This looks like a huge amount of material to cover in a test. I wonder if the test really covers all of this material, or just a sampling of it? Does anyone who has taken the test have some insight into this? (I’m not looking for shortcuts to studying for the exam, I’m just curious!) (more…)

August 10, 2007 at 3:48 am 1 comment

MCSD is outdated. Become an MCPD instead!

I’ve been thinking about getting Microsoft Certification for years. I remember sitting at my desk at Intel, back in 1998, taking a break from C++ debugging in VS5 and browsing the Microsoft Certification web site. I read the requirements and decided that I would like to be an MCSD. Well, life goes on, and getting married, buying a house, traveling, going to grad school, becoming a dad, and generally having a really great time all took priority over certification. And I’m pretty quite happy about those choices!

Now, I’ve got a ton of experience  in C, C++, MFC, ATL and COM programming as well as some pretty respectable VB programming experience going all the way back to VB 4.0. I’m currently working on my first VB2005 project for one of my company’s clients, but I’d like to strengthen that experience with certification so that  future clients know I’m prepared to do .NET programming. That’s why I think this a good time for me to get MS certification. So, I bought a used copy of the MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit. I got a good deal on it too! Two days ago I started posting about starting the certification process, and started studying for my MCSD. (more…)

August 9, 2007 at 4:25 pm 1 comment


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