Just yesterday (August 7, 2012), MS announced a brand-new Microsoft Certified Solution Developer credential — namely, the MCSD: Web Applications. This new cert is based around Visual Studio 2012, with a focus on developing what the company calls “modern, interactive web applications that seamlessly integrate with data-driven services.” Specific technologies mentioned in conjunction with this new cert include MVC (the well-known model-view-controller design pattern, now practiced within most interactive design environments, including VS 2012), Azure (Microsoft’s Cloud platform, which supports all kinds of interesting developer access and APIs), HTML5 (the latest incarnation of HTML, which offers powerful and interesting animation, interaction, and multimedia support), and CSS3 (the latest version of Cascading Style Sheets, which includes support for extended media controls, 3-D button effects, and numerous dynamic event-driven behaviors).
Three exams are required to earn this MCSD credential:
- 70-486: Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications
- 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
Right now, there’s a free beta period running through the end of this week (until and including Sunday, August 12) with some free seats still possibly available, so act FAST if you’re interested. Use promo code WWW486 for exam 70-486 and WWW487 for exam 70-487; but because they’re in beta these exams have a 71- prefix instead of the 70- prefix they’ll sport later on when the final release of the commercial version is accomplished. The beta period for 70-480 is already closed, sorry.
Individuals who already hold the MCPD: Web Developer 4 certification are eligible for a 2-exam upgrade path to the MCSD: Web Application credential. The two exams required are 70-480 (already mentioned earlier in this blog post) and exam 70-492 Upgrade your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications (not yet available, but coming soon).
Each of these exams maps to a 5-day course that covers all exam objectives, and provides students with the chance to learn and drill on necessary skills and knowledge. The course for 70-480 is scheduled for an October, 2012, release, with the other exams to follow early in 2013. Exam prep books should also be available at around the same time as well. See the Microsoft MCSD: Web Applications home page for more information.