MCSD.NET Exams Finally Debut

MCAD.NET/MCSD.NET candidates can begin the process toward obtaining the new .NET developer certifications. Just released: exam 70-306 and exam 70-316.

Developers are finally able to take the first steps toward obtaining the .NET-based developer certifications with the release of two new core exams. Exam 70-306, Developing Windows-based Applications with Visual Basic was released last Friday, May 31; Exam 70-316, Developing Windows-based Applications with Visual C# was released June 2.

Exam objective guides for each exam can be found here:

The exams are one of many new core exams that will be released during the year; Web-based versions of the Visual Basic (exam 70-305) and Visual C# (70-315) exams will head into beta testing next month.

Candidates who begin the MCAD/MCSD.NET process now won't be able to complete the whole track until next year—Microsoft plans to release the beta version of Exam 70-300, Analyzing Requirements and Defining .NET Solutions Architecture, sometime in the first quarter of 2003.

In a related note, Microsoft is in the process of updating its exam objectives guides. Included in the guides cited above is a matrix that categorizes "skills measured," with a key showing how each objective is covered within Microsoft's recommended courses for that exam.

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Reader Comments:

Sat, Jul 31, 2004 Anonymous Anonymous

Hey , anyone plz tell what is the best procedure to prepare for MCAD exam (developing windows applications ,


Tue, Jan 20, 2004 lakmal sri lanka

i want do exam after study vb net

Tue, Nov 12, 2002 santos London

If you're looking for a cleaner programming language then C# is definitely the way forward, (and employers are looking for it) but you may find VB.NET easier if you came from an ASP/VBScript background.

Mon, Jul 1, 2002 Joe Miami, Florida

Hey, can somebody tell me , what is the better way C# .NET or VB .NET ?

Wed, Jun 26, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous


Fri, Jun 21, 2002 MC Dallas

.Net Beta exams - been studying my a$$ off for them. The XML Web Services book is sooooo dry but I've cut thru the desert to get to the mirage and relief is in sight! Thankfully the ASP .Net book is more action packed. The books I refer to are the ones from Microsoft's Exam listings and are Microsoft Press. I've read other books (ie - Wrox, but they don't contain exam objective specific material) and it has supplemented the books from Microsoft Press.
Good luck to anyone that is taking the Betas or any other Microsoft exam!

Tue, Jun 18, 2002 Robbie New Zealand

So those new Polo shirts will say Solution Developer.NET?
I will be pursuing this as an extension to my own .NET Training in VB.NET and C#.

Thu, Jun 13, 2002 Sporter Bermuda

I look forward to doing the exams as well, the .NET cert will definitely beef up the resume. Need to order the training kits now....

Wed, Jun 12, 2002 nadster ontario

It's about time Microsoft upgraded the MCSD exams! The current Analyzing Requirements and Defining Solutions Architecture is based on NT 4.0! Like who would waste their time with that!

Wed, Jun 12, 2002 Mokkie Anonymous

Hey!! this's gd news!! MCAD... here i come... its so fun preparing for these exams! time to get started again!!!

Sat, Jun 8, 2002 Anonymous Anonymous

um okay

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