The Times, They Are a-Changin’ for .NET 4.0 Certification

January 25, 2010 at 9:57 am | Posted in Certification Paths, Microsoft | 2 Comments
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Just as you’re trying to learn the intricacies of WPF and getting ready to hang that MCPD : Enterprise Application Developer 3.5 credential on your virtual wall, the new .NET 4.0 exams are announced. And, man, are there some changes coming this year!

Let’s start off with the core exams themselves, as reported last year by Gerry O’Brien:

  • 70-511 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Application Development
  • 70-513 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Communication Foundation Development
  • 70-515 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Web Applications Development
  • 70-516 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Accessing Data with ADO.NET
  • 70-518 Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET 4
  • 70-519 Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Conspicuously missing from this exam list are the exams 70-514 (TS: Windows Workflow Foundation) and 70-520 (Pro: Enterprise Applications). According to Born To Learn, at this time, Microsoft is not developing these two exams.  Windows Workflow Foundation is certainly a compelling technology, but its adoption has been crawling at a snail’s pace. The target audience for the Enterprise Application Developer is in doubt as well. You and I may know what an enterprise application developer is, but many employers simply do not.

If you’re wondering where the WPF and Silverlight exams are, these technologies will  be covered in the 70-511 and 70-515 exams, respectively. Of course, expect more AJAX in the 70-515 exam as well. There is even a confirmed rumor that the current base .NET exam, 70-536 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework: Application Development Foundation, will not be moving forward as a prerequisite for the .NET 4 certifications.

It is still early going, as the development sessions only just concluded and Visual Studio 2010 isn’t slated for release until April 12th, but I thought you might want the heads-up. The beta exams should be out in the October – December 2010 timeline.

Now you know what my New Year’s Resolution has to be for 2010:  to spend my holidays taking beta exams! Nothing like programming with some turkey in the stomach and eggnog in the head…

–Joshua Hester (codeguru)


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  1. I also want to prepare for beta exam. Please let me know, from where I can get beta exam material


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