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MCAD Numbers Adding Up

Microsoft issues its first hundred certifications for new developer certification.

According to an internal company report compiled on Aug. 13, Microsoft has issued its first hundred certifications for the new Microsoft Certified Application Developer title. Of the 102 early achievers, it appears all of them have obtained the certification after passing one of the beta exams still in development, which have yet to be released publicly. So far, only the 70-306: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual Basic .NET/Visual Studio .NET and 70-316: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual C#/Visual Studio .NET exams are available.

Jason Mauss, owner and CTO of Knowledge Relay LLC, a Los Alamitos, Calif.-based custom software development and .NET training firm, took the 70-320 Web Services/Visual C# beta and received his results Aug. 9, but hasn't received a formal acknowledgement of that achievement. Microsoft says it's still contemplating how to recognize early achievers.

Like the MCSD, a title which has had only 35,897 certifications issued as of July 12, the MCAD is likely to have minimal interest from the development community. "As a trainer, I'm seeing people more interested in the technology than the certification," says Mauss. But Mauss sees the lower barrier to achievement a point in the MCAD title's favor. "The MCAD isn't as high level [as the MCSD], since you don't need to pass the 70-300 [Analyzing Requirements and Defining .NET Solution Architectures] exam," he explains. The 70-300 exam is expected to be released in February 2003, according to the Microsoft MCP Web site.

The monthly list of certifications issued for this title and the rest of Microsoft's titles will be published in the Oct. 2002 issue of MCP Magazine, and simultaneously will appear on the MCPmag.com home page on Sept. 10.

About the Author

Michael Domingo is Editor in Chief of Virtualization Review. He's been an IT writer and editor for so long that he remember typing out news items in WordStar.

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Nov 27, 2002 Abubakar Pakistan

Great article,I fall into the just interested in the technology department.For me its about being able to do not the certified to do.Because Ive even seen the certified not be able to do.I enjoy experimenting in new frontiers.Nothing techie about that,just a simple guy exploring new ideas baby.

Mon, Sep 9, 2002 Jean-Michel Donatelli Quebec, Canada

I passed all the beta exams. I found the 306 to be relatively easy, but I tought the others were quite challenging. I'm already MCSD but I'm very happy to be among the first 102 MCADs and I intend to go for the MCSD .NET when the 70-300 is available.

Mon, Sep 9, 2002 Brent Baird Birmingham, Alabama

Please contact Athena Computer Learning Centers in Birmingham, AL Nashville, TN Memphis, TN or Jackson, MS for Microsoft Certified Training on MCAD and MCSD material today!

Sun, Sep 8, 2002 Claude Villeneuve Quebec Canada

I've pass the Window-Base 306 (VB) and Web-Service 310 (VB) with the beta exam. I've also pass the Window-Base 316 (C#) and Web-Service 320 (C#) in the release version and according to me, these exam are easyer then their predecessor un Visual Studio 6.0.

Wed, Sep 4, 2002 Ravi Chikkam Dallas

The very preperation for the Certification exam would give a clear view of the purpose of the technology. However there are some nifty developers who can acheive far more than any certfied professional. But that does not mean that certification does not add up to one's skills. It is another challenge.

Tue, Aug 27, 2002 Mohammed Kingdom of Bahrain

Good article, Just I feel MCAD for junior developers, to be in the right track for solutions developers.

Sat, Aug 24, 2002 vir nj

you dont jobs by passing exams i am an mcsd and doesnt make a difference, just get a degree , cause even if you have certification , try applying to any jobs at microsoft and you wont get any replys , so dont wast time get a degree ......
thanks

Wed, Aug 21, 2002 Thomas USA

Good article with different views. I'm one of the 102 mentioned, and was invited to take the beta exam for free. That, plus the motivation to meet an exam deadline, and being more marketable is why I chose the MCAD path.

Fri, Aug 16, 2002 Lawrence Currie Canada

Great article,I fall into the just interested in the technology department.For me its about being able to do not the certified to do.Because Ive even seen the certified not be able to do.I enjoy experimenting in new frontiers.Nothing techie about that,just a simple guy exploring new ideas baby.

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