This week's book giveaway is in the OCPJP forum. We're giving away four copies of OCA/OCP Java SE 7 Programmer I & II Study Guide and have Kathy Sierra & Bert Bates on-line! See this thread for details.
I dont know where to post this question but I have been thinking of learning C# and .Net for a while and I thought the best way to do it would be to get MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certification for web applications. I am a SCWCD and have been writing applications in Java for a while... I have read many comparisons in C# and Java in articles and I want to compare it myself for once. Do you think its a bad idea to get Microsoft certifications? Is it better to be an expert in one language than good in both languages?
First, before someone else ends up saying it to you, you might want to take a gander at the naming requirements page.
Funny you should mention the MCTS exam. I just passed 70-536 (.Net 2.0 Application Development) this afternoon, and am in the process of preparing for 70-528 (Web Client for .Net 2.0), so I might have a different perspective on this than a lot of folks here.
Personally, I think there's nothing wrong with being certified in multiple languages/technologies. (I'm learning C# because I got tasked with a project involving SharePoint and web parts. Joy of joys. We're otherwise a Java shop.) C# and Java are remarkably similar in many respects, though there are significant differences to factor in as well (interoperability with COM, reflection, code security, etc.), and I found the learning curve between the two to be reasonable in a short period of time.
Now, I don't know that MCTS is the greatest way to learn C# - if you go this route, make sure to do quite a bit of actual coding to reinforce what you're studying - but it's certainly one way to go about it...
Theodore Jonathan Casser
SCJP/SCSNI/SCBCD/SCWCD/SCDJWS/SCMAD/SCEA/MCTS/MCPD... and so many more letters than you can shake a stick at!