Friday, January 15, 2010

Path to Microsoft Certification for programmers

In university days I once tried to follow path to Sun Java Certified Programmer. On their web site I found very nice flow charts. For Microsoft's certification I could not find anything of this sort therefore I decided to collect data from Microsoft's web and create my own Microsoft Certification Tree diagram.

Everything seems to be starting from Exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .Net Framework, Application Development Foundation. We will get MCTS after passing two exams, and MCPD after passing third exam of next stage.
Update: Everything still starts from Exam 70-536.

History of vendor certifications

Once upon a time these certification were the thing of the day. Small institutes would show sweet dreams to jobless young people and tell them that an MCSE can get them a job, or a visa to the USA.
The certifications became pretty useless with the introduction and popularity of dums, people would just spend a couple days learning the dumps by rote and pass certification exams with excellent score.

The certifications were not made to withstand such abuse(but Indians you know rape anything feminine they come across, or at least they try to). Various international bodies shut their certification and examination tracks in many countries. Comptia A+ for example, was a hardware professional certification which was sacked despite its popularity from many developing countries.

Certifications are totally useless?

The short answer is No. If someone prepares well for a certification and studies well; passing a certification will result in significant increase in knowledge about specific technology(ies).
There are still several great certifications out there by top companies like Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle, Zend.
Technology certifications are not an alternative to proper bachelors degree, they augment your graduate studies instead. Just like FCPS is not an alternative to MBBS, it is an additional qualification that makes medical professionals better in their job.


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