Today I passed the first-ever Silverlight-specific Microsoft Certification to be released! The exam is # 070-506. It checks on your skills with :
- Data-Binding, INotifyPropertyChanged, and ObservableCollection stuff.
- VisualStateManager, Control-Style Templates, Resource Dictionaries, and XAML Layout
- Printing, Text Globalization, Cross-Domain Service access, and WCF experience.
All-in-all, a pretty comprehensive exam. It’s only 50 questions and they give you 2 and 1/2 hours to take it. I found that watching the “Pluralsight” videos on Silverlight 4 helped me prepare for it pretty well. Reminded me about some of the basic stuff I knew, but had forgotten about using regularly. (Like INotifyPropertyChanged… I don’t use it because EF RIA Services and WCF Data Services implements that garbage for you, out-of-the-box.)
If any of you want help or need recommendations on what to focus on and you are interested in taking the exam, email me and let me know… or just leave a comment here!