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Hi,
I'm 6 month fresher in .Net technology and is interested in undertaking some Microsoft certification exams. Please advice me which will be best for me.

I have short listed 70-515 exam but the Microsoft site shows that this certificate will get retire on 31July 2013. What does this mean ??? is that so this certificate will not have any value post this date ??? Will it be than of no use or an value add for our Technical value?
Thank you.
Posted 3-Jul-12 20:53pm
Edited 3-Jul-12 20:54pm
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Rahul,

You have obviously never sat any of these exams. It is not possible to read dumps and pass, this is complete utter rubbish.

It in fact takes days of effort to get up to speed for any experienced developer to pass these. Sure there are a number of helpful tools, but none of them like shear hard work will see you through.

Sure it does not mean you are a great programmer if you are certified, but it does mean you have studied sufficiently to have a good deal of knowledge.

In my experience those that bag it have never done it. In fact I would go so far to say that many whom bag it, have tried and failed similar testing formats and thus attempt to discredit them.

I would ignore the fact it is being retired and do it all the same. It will be a good start for when the time comes to do the certification for the next release.

Good Luck

Mark
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Certifications are good but not the only way to go.
 
I think getting a certification will in no way prove that you know the technologies and have programming skills. I can give at-least 10 web links that will give you dumps for all kind of certifications and you can pass them in 3 hours.
 
I think reading books and making a lot of toy applications will be more beneficial for you. do a lot of programming and read good study material. Codeproject is a very good place to learn and share your learning. I think reading relevant topics on codepoject daily will beat any certification any day.
 
Most employers also don't trust the certifications, they know its all crammed-up-pass thing. After all most interviewers have gone through this phase which you are passing through right now.
 
So my suggestion is to focus on knowledge rather than certifications. 1 good article on codeproject will beat 4 certifications. but still if you want to go for it. dont worry about the retirement date. the technology will be in use for a long time and your certificate will be relevant too(but its the knowledge that matters in the end, certifications could generate some interview calls for you though)
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sagar wasule at 4-Jul-12 2:40am
   
Thanks for ur reply .
Sandeep Mewara at 4-Jul-12 2:48am
   
I have shared what it means, you can have a look!
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the Microsoft site shows that this certificate will get retire on 31July 2013
Read here about what it means: Microsoft Certification Lifecycle[^]
 
To maintain the value and relevance of Microsoft Certifications, they must be kept up-to-date, reflecting not only the current use and functionality of our technologies but the current trends and industry expectations of what it means to be “certified.” That’s why Microsoft continually monitors industry trends and revises certification requirements and updates our exams to keep pace with increasingly frequent changes in technology. On a regular basis, new exams are introduced, existing exams are revised, older exams are retired, and out-of-date certifications are transitioned to a Legacy status.
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sagar wasule at 4-Jul-12 2:42am
   
Thanks for ur reply. I have read the link provided by you and completely agree with ur point that certification must be kept up to date , but my personal opinion that retiring 3.5 seems logical but retiring 4.0 so early is a bit weird for me. So what is ur opinion should I go for it ?
Sandeep Mewara at 5-Jul-12 2:17am
   
Not early from Microsoft prospective. They are moving fast and have defined cycle to follow.

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