Visual Studio 2010 Exam Retirement Dates

So you’re still catching up on getting certified on Microsoft technologies that your clients and customers are using … may want to consider either switching over to ludicrous speed or just skipping ahead to the next iteration of Visual Studio exams.

Why praytell? Well Microsoft is retiring the exams on 31 July 2013. They (Microsoft) may consider pushing the exam retirement date, but for now that’s when they’re going bye bye.

So what exams does this apply to?

  • 70-511: TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 70-513: TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 70-515: TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 70-516: TS: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 70-518: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4
  • 70-519: Pro: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

For more information on this topic, check out the Born to Learn blog yonder at: Update on Visual Studio 2010 Exam Retirement Dates

Considerations for Sandboxed Solutions

With SharePoint 2010, there’s a new functionality that allows for developers to create solutions that are scoped at the site collection level with a limited portion of the SharePoint API. Better yet they can deploy these solutions without bothering their IT Pro brethren. This is awesome! Course it bypasses some of the governance that you might have in place regarding solutions deployment. Course it is possible to turn them off or block certain ones.

There have been several great discussions by Sahil Malik, Jeremy Thake, Srini Sistla, Mike Watson and many others about the power of Sandboxed Solutions. All great points regarding their power – and trust me, in many ways it’s a game changer in delegating the ability to devs to write extensible code that can do more than what SharePoint Designer was ever meant for.

There are some considerations to think about however… and if you’re wondering, “Well what are they?” then I recommend hopping on over to MSDN to read more at:

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/ee231562.aspx

A closing thought though… if you’re looking for complete freedom with your solutions and have the need to arch across site collections… then you need something that’s freeing and non-restricting. So for those of you that are studying for your SATs or GREs, you could use the analogy that Sandboxed Solutions are to Briefs as Farm Solutions are to Boxers. 🙂

Happy Developing!