In which areas can I become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist?

Microsoft certifications have changed greatly in the past recent years. Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications are designed to help validate your skills on the features and functionality of Microsoft technologies. Now we have fewer specializations than we did some time ago. You can become a Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist in these five areas:

70-511 Windows Applications

This exam can be considered a mix between the old Windows Forms and WPF exams, except that they have granted much more weight to WPF. We think that since actually nobody wants to use WPF in their applications, with this exam they are trying to force developers to use this technology (even when it’s obvious that Silverlight is bound to substitute WPF in the future (wait and see when Silverlight 5 is launched)

70-513 Service Communication Applications

This is the equivalent to the previous Windows Communication Foundation exam, upgraded to the 4.0 version of the framework. It includes several new features and also incorporates OData and other communication technologies as well as application architecture items.

70-515 Web Applications

This exam certifies you as web developer. Now it’s a much harder exam since besides covering ASP.NET Web Forms and ASP.NET AJAX, it also includes ASP.NET MVC and jQuery.

70-516 Data Access

This exam certifies you as an accessing data specialist with the .NET framework. In order to pass it, it’s very important to master all the accessing data techniques available in the platform: from the oldest ones such as ADO.NET up to Entity Framework 4.0 or Sync Framework. The exam is very extensive and hard to prepare for. In addition, in the upcoming months Microsoft is going to open two new Technology Specialist certifications: Silverlight and Azure. We’ll see how they go when they come out and we’ll explain it here by updating this page.

70-506 Silverlight 4

This exam focuses on web developers that build RIA (Rich Internet Applications) or that want to get certified as Windows Phone developers. It covers Silverlight 4 as well as the Silverlight fundamentals.

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