continue or wait for new exams

Discussion in 'MCAD' started by yajames, Dec 19, 2005.

  1. yajames

    yajames Guest

    Yes, I know that the Microsoft site says that we should continue with
    our current cert paths but I'm not sure about how wise that is.

    I currently have 1 exam to get my MCAD, so as I understand, my options
    are

    1. Finish my MCAD with one exam and then do a single upgrade exam to
    get MCPD
    as stated at http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcpd/webdev/


    2. Do the two Tech specialist exams and then a final MCPD exam

    The reason I'm thinking that 3 exams may be preferable to 2 is that the
    material in the 2 Tech specialist exams may be of more value to me.
     
    yajames, Dec 19, 2005
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  2. December 18, 2005

    Well, the current MCAD would look good on your resume as employers will see
    it as 'past/pervious experience'. Besides, you only have so much energy and
    you may run out of time too. Therefore, I would take the 1 left for MCAD and
    then the 1 upgrade. THEN if you feel the extra exams are still that valuable
    to you, I would persue them then... but I think you should get at least the
    big ones first in case you don't have the energy later. :) Good luck!

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    Joseph Bittman
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  3. yajames

    yajames Guest

    Hi Joseph.

    Yes I think you're right. I will get the MCAD before I run out of steam
    :)

    It's a pity that there is no clear study path from MCAD to MCPD
    Enterprise app developer but that is a long way off anyway.

    Thanks for the reply.
     
    yajames, Dec 19, 2005
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  4. December 19, 2005

    LOL Yes, it is a very large pity that there isn't any good study materials
    yet. :S I've been invited a lot of the beta exams, and one of them has 11
    pages of exam objectives (average MCAD exam objectives are about 2-3 pages)!
    Another two exams have about 8-9 pages. I've been trying to get all the info
    I need from MSDN, but it hasn't been easy at all.

    One thing it took me a while to figure out, is you CANNOT find VS 05
    specific features in the normal MSDN.Com!!!! You MUST go to
    MSDN2.microsoft.com! Also, it is very easy to click a search result from
    MSDN2 and get redirected to MSDN.com, and then if you do a search there you
    won't get the results from MSDN2 (and hence no VS 05 results/updates/etc)
    .... Hope this helps and good luck!!! :)


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  5. yajames

    Simon Hart Guest

    Interesting..What would you recommend a newbie do? Follow the existing MCAD
    credential?
     
    Simon Hart, Jan 7, 2006
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  6. January 7, 2005

    Yes, I think a newbie should go with the MCAD right now.... I think for a
    newbie, MCAD is very reachable, although I must say I think MSFT has made
    the new certifications with no room for newbies. -- Although upgrading from
    MCAD to the new ones are definitely possible. You could go with the new
    exams right now, but I would probably say it would take you longer than
    getting the MCAD now and upgrading. Hope this helps and good luck!!!

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    Joseph Bittman
    Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional -- DPM

    Blog/Web Site: http://71.39.42.23/
     
    Joseph Bittman MVP MCSD, Jan 7, 2006
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  7. yajames

    Simon Hart Guest

    I wouldn't really call myself a newbie, sorry wrong word. What I meant was
    someone who has not taken any MS exams yet towards the MCAD credential. I
    have been meaning to book my exam for a year so I finally got the courage
    and booked 70-316 yesterday.
    I have been using C# for around 2.5 years now, solid, most of which has been
    Windows CE Compact Framework WinForms and the full 1.1 framework desktop.

    I have an OO background too - started with Smalltalk, then OO COBOL. I have
    also developed a commercial Web Portal in ASP.NET 1.0 to integrate with our
    desktop HR product which works very well. But Web development doesn't
    interest me as much as WinForm development. This is the reason I have chosen
    70-316 desktop route.

    I have now been using VS 2005 since beta 1, and now use the RTM version for
    some of our products - but not all - yet!
    Once 70-316 is out the way Web Services will be next which I have also been
    using for some considerable time so should be no great shakes there then
    finally SQL - been using SQL since v7 years ago. ADO.NET been usnig since
    started with C#.

    Do you still think MCAD credential is the right route for me at this time.

    Many thanks
    Simon.
     
    Simon Hart, Jan 8, 2006
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  8. January 8, 2005

    Definitely! :) It sounds like you won't have much problem at all, and it
    definitely shows 'past experience' to employers. Also, you will easily be
    able to upgrade to the new certs. :) Besides, there is even a slight chance
    if you pass the MCAD exams quickly, you might get invited to some of the new
    beta exams! :) Goooood luck!!!! :D

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    Joseph Bittman
    Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
    Microsoft Most Valuable Professional -- DPM

    Blog/Web Site: http://71.39.42.23/
     
    Joseph Bittman MVP MCSD, Jan 8, 2006
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