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 bullet, below). There will NOT be a bundle for the MCPD: Windows certification… but there are TKs available now for each of the separate exams in that track. Note that 70-536 is a common requirements for the 3 VS2005 MCTS certs.
Parting shot: TKs for 70-547 and 70-548 are due out at the end of January. If you’re eagerly anticipating the TK for 70-549, you’ll need to hold your horses (as we also say in the biz), because it has been delayed until March. Here’s the Microsoft Press overview page.
MCPD Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-536, 70-528, 70-547): Microsoft® .NET Framework Web Developer Core Requirements; ISBN: 0-7356-2376-7; MSRP: US$159.99; Scheduled to release end of Feb 07
MCTSSelf-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-526): Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 Windows®-Based Client Development; 0-7356-2333-0; MSRP: US$69.99; Currently available
MCPD Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-548): Designing and Developing Windows®-Based Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework; 0-7356-2339-2; MSRP: US$69.99; Currently available