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Do you think its a bad idea?

Sehrish Hasan
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Joined: Aug 15, 2005
Posts: 43
Hi all,

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?

Any comments are appreciated.

S Hasan.
Theodore Casser
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Joined: Mar 14, 2001
Posts: 1902

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!
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