12. June 2008 13:09
The other day I attended the live webcast "Cram for Exams! 70-536: Visual Studio 2008." During the webcast the presenter put up a poll and I was a bit surprised at the results. Are you?
Poll: Which language will you choose when taking the exam (Exam 70-536: Visual Studio 2008)?
Screen shot from the live webcast (click to enlarge):
I was rather surprised to see that of approximately 650 participants, 75% choose C#! I knew that VB was on the downward slide, but to see such a huge disparity was news to me. Perhaps the C# crowd is younger than the VB crowd and see the certification as an opportunity for a better paying job? While the VB crowd is more mature in their careers and do not see the need for a certification? My guess is there is some truth in both of those statements.
For me, certification is an opportunity to push myself to continue my education. The exam covers areas that I am not familiar with and forces me to learn the topics. This, in theory, should make me a better all-around developer. In practice… who knows?
Cram for Exams! 70-536: Visual Studio 2008 On-Demand Broadcast
As of this writing, the webcast has yet to be published for on-demand broadcast. For that matter, none of the June 2008 webcasts are available yet. Howerver, when they are available in July of 2008, they'll be at the following URL: http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/library/200806.mspx
For the archived webcasts by month: http://www.microsoft.com/events/webcasts/library/default.mspx