MCTS and MCPD Exams

So recently I just tested for my Microsoft MCTS & MCPD Exams. These exams have been said to be much more technical and difficult than the previous Microsoft Certifications. I found that cramming for the exams (for me) was the best way for me to pass. With such a young family it would make it difficult for me to study over a months time for an exam and then take it. Each MCTS exam depends heavily on the base exam for the MCTS (70-536) Application Foundation Exam. After you get this behemoth complete, you shoot for the Web, Windows or Distributed Exam. Each one you complete gives you a full certification. I completed each of these and then attempted to take the next exam … MCPD EAD. This test seemed to be geared toward guessing the Microsoft answer. I did not pass this one on my first try. It took some additional studying, but the retake proved to be successful.

Microsoft sends you a nice Welcome Kit for the MCPD and MCTS certifications. You also have rights to create your own Logo’s and post your transcript (I have done that for my blog). The transcript page is to prove to your employer or other companies that you truly have the certifications you claim. Way to many people lie in resumes, and this would be an easy thing for an employer to verify.

You can verify transcripts by going to the following and entering a Transcript ID and Password. My transcript can be found with the below information:

Transcript ID: 777098
Password: you will need to ask me for that

I am glad that I have accomplished the task of becoming Microsoft Certified. Stats show that it makes a difference in an individuals net worth, and it will be interesting to see if this is true. As for my current employment … they have been nothing but great to me.


Microsoft .NET Release Bug Documentation

Months ago I was programming an application at work and was working with low level bit shifting and bit calculations. This deals with Hex values, conversions and math equations. I was trying to write an algorithm to find what is called a Most Significant Bit (MSB) and a Least Significant Bit (LSB) from a masked value. A masked value is a hex value that would look like this 0FFF which would represent “0000 1111 1111 1111” in binary. This combination does represent a literal number which would be 4095.


If you are interested, read the article and view the code I submitted (