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…

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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 and upgrade exams. The price reduction is valid on: All exams scheduled to retire on…

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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…

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.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 to choose from…

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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, .NET development), not for someone who’s…

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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/to share in…

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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…

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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. Check Gerry’s blog b/c I bet he’ll…

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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’ve heard of him) Jeff, dev cert product manager (you may not know…

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Ayo Technology

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 …all can be found…

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