Microsoft has the MCSD, MCSE, MCDBA, etc. Sun has SCJP, SCJD, etc. What nifty acronym do I call myself now that I have the "IBM Certified Developer - XML and Related Technologies" certification? I've been using "IBM-XML", but that sounds awkward. ICD? IBMCD? IBMCD-XML? What's the standard? Thanks in advance, Scott
Easy, just call yourself: IBMXMLARTBWNKWHDAPATTPI (INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL for EXTENSIBLE MARK-UP LANGAUGE AND RELATED TECHNOLOGIES BLOKE WHO NOW KNOWS WHAT HE'S DOING AND PASSED A TEST TO PROVE IT) Actually, thats a little awkward too.
Hi, Scott Duffy, I've noticed on your previous post that you are getting the invitations to taking MCSD beta exam. How do you get this beta exam? Is it free? I am also preparing to study to get MCSD after I finish the Test 141. Thanks for your info.
Hi Tong, A few years ago, Microsoft used to allow anybody to register for a beta exam. All you had to do was call Prometric and book it. If I recall correctly, it cost only $50 (as opposed to $100 for the real test), and passing the beta exam does count towards certification! In fact, a few years ago I took the beta for 70-100 (MCSD Solutions Architecture), and Microsoft gave me a free copy of Visual Studio 6 for passing! I think I also got two free vouchers good for any other exam just for taking it. It was a great deal, take the beta. If you pass it counts and you get $1,500 worth of software, and if you don't pass you still get 2 free vouchers for any other exam. It was a "can't lose" deal. On another beta, I received a free copy of Visual InterDev and Frontpage 98, and more free vouchers. Unfortunately, a few years ago they switched to "By Invitation Only". The exams are now free, but Microsoft only offers it to specific individuals. And the incentives (vouchers, free software, etc.) appear to be gone as well. Would you spend 5 hours taking a free Microsoft exam? Or pay $100 to take the 90 minute version in a couple of months time? Some people would take the free 5-hour exam, but some people would pay and take the shorter test. I think the Beta period for that exam is now over -- I never did have a chance to take the free beta. Best regards, Scott