Gerry is On Vacation!

That’s right, Seattle couldn’t provide enough snow so I had to head back home for Christmas.  Seriously, I will be spending Christmas with family in Atlantic Canada and my parents still only have dial-up so I will not be posting much over the next two weeks. I will return to Seattle on the 31st so…

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SQL Server 2008 and Certifications

Ok, so we have communicated to you about Visual Studio 2008, but some of you are saying what about SQL Server 2008? Well, as you may or may not know, SQL Server 2008 will not ship until some time next year, 2008.  As a result, you have lots of time to get ready for the…

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Calling All C++ Developers

Ok, that’s sort of like a marketing thing where I put a headline out there just to get you to read my post.  Sorry, but I have a very serious question to ask you and I need your feedback. For those of you who are developing using Microsoft’s Visual C++ in either version of Visual…

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.NET Languages and Certifications

Traditionally, we have created exams with development language support for Visual Basic, C# and C++.  A recent revelation if you will, of the 70-502 WPF exam, showed that not all technologies support all 3 languages.  There is no designer support for WPF in Visual Studio 2008 when it comes to C++ projects.  Apparently there won’t be any…

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Zune Not Playing Media

So, I took my Zune out today so that I could listen to music while I worked.  It has been in my backpack for a couple of days now. This is the original 30GB Zune model and it has worked exceptionally well since I have had it.  I installed the new desktop software the other…

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Technology Adoption Time Frame and the Relation to Certification

So, as I dig deeper into this whole Visual Studio 2008 story, seeking alignment with products and industry use, one thought continues to occur to me.  This thought leads me down a path that in my mind makes sense but may not resonate well with all. How long does it take you to fully implement…

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Visual Studio 2008 Cert Story Almost Complete

I know a lot of you are waiting for this and I do apologize for the delay.  The issue with this current certification path is in the changes reflected in the product, coupled with the Technology Specialist certifications that are about to release. Early next year, right around the official product launches of Visual Studio,…

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What’s in a Name?

If I were to ask your interpretation of the following two titles, what would your response be?   Web Developer   ASP.NET Developer   Think about those two terms and tell me what comes to mind.  If you were to post a job opportunity for a Web developer, what skills are you looking for?  If…

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TechEd Developers Barcelona Was Great!

After a long trip back home, and an even longer time getting dug out from under a week’s worth of email and work put on hold, I finally find time to post to my blog. I want to express my sincere thanks to the MCTs who helped us staff the Microsoft Learning booth.  You did…

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New Exam for Windows Embedded

Even though Windows Embedded has been around for some time, there hasn’t been a Microsoft certification program for it per se.  We have exams on WIndows Mobile 5.0 and will be releasing exams on 6.0 as well, but for the hardcore Windows Embedded (CE, XP and POS) market, there hasnt’t been much in the way…

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