The reason we included a Self-Assessment in this Exam Cram 2 book is to help you evaluate your readiness to tackle Microsoft certifications. It should also help you understand what you need to know to master the topic of this booknamely, Exam 70-306 "Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET." But before you tackle this Self-Assessment, let's talk about concerns you may face when pursuing an MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) or MCAD (Microsoft Certified Application Developer) for the .NET platform and what an ideal MCSD candidate might look like.
MCSDs in the Real World
Besides MCSD, other Microsoft certifications include the following:
The Ideal MCSD Candidate
The MCSD test is aimed at software developers. The requirements
have recently been revised for .NET and include one exam on Web
application development, one on Windows application development,
one on XML and server development, one on solution architecture,
and a fifth,
Just to give you some idea of what an ideal MCSD candidate is like, here are some relevant statistics about the background and experience such an individual might have:
Fundamentally, this boils down to a bachelor's degree in computer science (or equivalent experience on the job), plus two years' experience working in a position involving applications design, testing, deployment, and maintenance, with some experience in database integration. We believe that well under half of all certification candidates meet these requirements and that, in fact, most meet less than half of these requirementsat least, when they begin the certification process. But because all the people who already have been certified have survived this ordeal, you can survive it tooespecially if you heed what our Self-Assessment can tell you about what you already know and what you need to learn.