Last post Apr 02, 2011 01:30 PM by resabio
Feb 21, 2011 01:46 PM|richardterris|LINK
I'm thinking about MCPD certificates and I'm thinking that 4.0 might be the way to go (advice on that seperately will be appreciated), but my apps have all thus far been developed in 3.5
Since I'm on a dedicated server I can basically do what I like, so I can install framework 4 if I wish on the server.
My questions are:
* If I install framework 4 on the server - I presume the current apps will stop working as they are built in 3.5, is this correct?
* Secondly - rather than rebuild these apps in 4.0, is it possible to run the 2 frameworks on the same server? Since the web.config file targets a particular framework, I'm wondering if I had 2 frameworks installed, would the config file get confused, or
would it continue to target the correct framework for that app?
Thanks in advance,
Feb 22, 2011 01:54 AM|kctt|LINK
1. Current apps will continue working when configured with asp.net 2.0/3.5 framework.
2. You can run multiple frameworks on same server: 1.1 2.0 4.0. You need different application pool for each framework.
Feb 22, 2011 05:35 AM|richardterris|LINK
That is good news, because I wouldn't want to start re-building apps, but I think MCPD for framework 4 is the way to go.
Thanks for your reply
Apr 02, 2011 01:30 PM|resabio|LINK
In regards to MCPD 3.5/4.0, this is a hard decision. Unfortunately, Microsoft makes it hard to certify to the MCPD level on the latest version of the framework, simply because Microsoft Press has such a delay on making valuable study material avaliable before
the next version of the framework is released.
Thus, 3.5 have valualbe study material, 4.0 is the newest but is harder to study for. I have a MCPD Enterprise in 3.5 and have recently upgraded both my App/Web to 4.0. Still, recommending which route for you to take is difficult. But here is what I can
say on the subject:
If you mostly work in Application Development:
If you mostly work in ASP.NET:
Because there are only 2 books avaliable from Microsoft Press, going up the 4.0 track may prove difficult. You can utilize the MSPress books for WCF and ADO.NET to some degree, but you will still have to do some online research to make up for some of the
Honestly, the best advice I can give anyone thinking about obtaining the MCPD 3.5 or 4.0 would be to attend a boot camp. I have tried for years to make the appropriate amount of time avaliable in my schedule to dedicate to the task of obtaining my MCPD's.
No matter how hard I tried, the thing we call "life" simply got in the way. It wasn't until I attended a boot camp at CED Solutions in Atlanta GA was I able to dedicate the interruption-free time required to study for and pass the required exams. At the camp,
I was among 5 others who were there for the same reason. Having completed my MCPD Enterprise 3.5 at CED Solutions, I and another of my classmates were able to upgrade to the 4.0 for both App and Web on our own. Staying current takes a time committment in itself,
but the training I received at my boot camp gave me the time and materials I needed to get to the MCPD level. Upon my return (and a Gold Partnership program eligibility requirements change from Microsoft) left a few of my co-workers in the need to get to the
MCPD level. So far, I have seen every one of them struggle to find the required time to do this, despite having many years of experience.
Regardless of which route you take, I would suggest the boot camp experience. If you have a wife and kids, I would strongly suggest you take a week or two out of your life to dedicate for the purpose. I would also suggest you go to a place were there are
no destractions, you have the support of others with the same goal, and you have all the materials and guidance you need to get the certifiication you want.