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MCTS or MCAD or MCPD or MCSD

By onbliss ·
I was planning to complete just one of the core exams for MCSD:70-315. MS seems to have two new certifications path for .Net 2.0 and VS 2005 professionals - MCTS and MCAD.

Now I am little confused. Any recommendations on which path/exam is better?

Recommendations for good books/exam preparation material is appreciated :d

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MCPD cert

by jayp18 In reply to MCTS or MCAD or MCPD or M ...

Hi, I've recently done the MCSD certification and as I was completing it I noticed the new certifications were coming out.
If you do the MCSD certifications then you can sit two additional exams and get the MCPD certifications. Both courses cover the same core materials. What the MCPD offers is more detailed info on Studio 2005 and SQL 2005.

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mcsd

by Shellbot In reply to MCPD cert

did you go straight for MCSD or did you get MCAD and get some experience first?

I've decided to go for MCAD, and then after working with that for lets say 6 months or so, take the extra courses to sit MCSD. Sound reasonable or do i want more experience inbetween?

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Maybe MCTS...

by onbliss In reply to mcsd

Look at MCTS if you are interested in VS2005 (and .net 2.0). MS says it is geared more towards that area.

Anyway one of the exams of MCTS enables us to get credit towards 3 tracks - MCTS, MCPD and...(i forget the last one)

I saw that MS has an upgrade exam for MACD to MCPD.

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Straight MCSD

by jayp18 In reply to mcsd

I went for straight MCSD because I have over 12 years of development experience and very few formal qualifications in computing. I have in recent years done projects from scratch and i felt it would be wise to get some formal education on project development. Also if I am honest, i was doing a boot camp and thought it wise to get as much done as possible in that time. I was also aware that the new MCPD qualifications were coming out and i thought it might be good to do them after a bit of experience after the initial MCSD qualifications!

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MCAD is a pre req for the MCPD

by schreck.ryan In reply to mcsd

From what I undestand, correct me if I am wrong, the MCAD is the minimum pre req to be able to do the MCPD.

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sorry onbliss !

by Shellbot In reply to MCPD cert

don't mean to hijack your thread!

anyone know if i am insane wanting to do BOTH the vb & the c# exams? reason i ask is, that where i am going to do they training, they have a thing where you pay a set fee which allows you access to any courses in your choosen "path". So i'm thinking, i'll do both right, as it won't cost me any extra..(well, will have to pay for the extra exam bit)
As background, I've done 3 VB6 courses, so not new to it (just have to upskill to .net) but c# would be new..closest i ever got to C was using samples of it to convert to javascript code..(don't ask)

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vb or not vb, that is the question.

by jayp18 In reply to sorry onbliss !

If the cost isn't too much more i'd say go for the VB.net also. Most of the core work is very similar, in fact my trainer showed me lots of VB.net example and I was doing the C# course only. You will find that in the market quite a few of the banks use VB.net, so having the extra certification will extend your chances of gaining employment. Warning though... i found doing just C# a handful. Don't kid yourself about the amount of work you will have to do.

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thanks

by Shellbot In reply to vb or not vb, that is the ...

ya..i know, i'm going to be a very busy person for the next while. Full time job, kid, hubby and 2 cats...and this will mean classes 2-3 times a week, after work and on weekends..
but it will be worth it in the end..won't it..i keep telling myself that anyways!

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Yes you are insane...

by onbliss In reply to sorry onbliss !

..not for hijacking but for going for vb.net and c#. :-)
Even if you have the time and money, I am not sure if you will have a great advantage in being certified in both languages.

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i always knew

by Shellbot In reply to Yes you are insane...

i was insane :)

well..i'll start out with VB.net and see how i do. if i have the time i might do the c# anyways..
my long term plan is to do short term contracts, so if i have both languages, i increase my skills and hopefully can pick and choose my contracts accordingly...(well thats the idea anyways!)

at any rate, I'll be starting the MCAD in a couple weeks and then take it from there i guess.

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