Microsoft Developer Certifications Demystified
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Thursday, 29 July 2010
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Microsoft Developer Certifications Demystified
Three generations of MCTS
Professional level and beyond

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MCTS for .NET 2.0

The three areas of expertise and their corresponding exams for Visual Studio 2005, relating to .NET Framework 2.0 are:

Exam 70-526 Windows-Based Client Development

Exam 70-528 Web-Based Client Development

Exam 70-529 Distributed Application Development

(Follow the links to find out the skills being measured and click on the Preparation Materials tab for the tools and resources available for each.)

Gaining a MCTS involves passing two exams and whichever of the Windows, Web or Distributed Applications you choose, you also face the same core exam:

Exam 70-536 Microsoft .NET Framework - Application Development Foundation

MCTS for .NET 3.5

Visual Studio 2008 introduced several new technologies - Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF), Workflow Foundation (WF), Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) and the certification program expanded to cover them. So if you are working with .NET Framework 3.5 the same core MCTS exam as for .NET 2.0 (Exam 70-536) still applies but now you have six choices of specialist topics. 

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Gaining an MCTS for Visual Studio 2008
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Follow the links below to find out the skills being measured and click on the Preparation Materials tab for the tools and resources available for each:

Exam 70-562  ASP.NET Applications

Exam 70-561 ADO.NET Applications

Exam 70-503 Windows Communication Foundation Applications

Exam 70-504 Workflow Foundation Applications

Exam 70-502 Windows Presentation Foundation Applications

Exam 70-505 Windows Forms Applications

MCTS for .NET 4.0

If you decide to wait for Visual Studio 2010 then there will only be one exam to gain pass for each of four possible MCTS .NET Framework 4 certifications as shown here:

 

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Gaining an MCTS for Visual Studio 2010

Follow the links below to find out the skills being measured and click on the Preparation Materials tab for the tools and resources available for each:

Exam 70-511 Windows Applications

Exam 70-513 Service Communication Applications

Exam 70-515 Web Applications

Exam 70-516 Data Access

 

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