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Table 1: Exams Scheduled for Release in April, 2006
|TS||70-529||Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Distributed Application Development||4/7/2006||English|
|TS||70-431||Microsoft SQL Server 2005 - Implementation and Maintenance||4/7/2006||German, Japanese, French|
|PRO||70-442||Designing and Optimizing Data Access by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005||4/28/2006||English|
|PRO||70-443||Designing a Database Server Infrastructure by Using Microsoft® SQL Server™ 2005||4/21/2006||German, French|
|PRO||70-444||Optimizing and Maintaining a Database Administration Solution by Using Microsoft SQL Server 2005||4/20/2006||German, Japanese, French|
|TS||70-526||Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Windows-based Client Development||4/27/2006||English|
|TS||70-528||Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-based Client Development||4/25/2006||German, Japanese|
As an inspection of Table 1 will reveal, both English-language and non-English credentials relate to developer and database specializations. Non-English exams tend to follow somewhat later than English exams, as the timing of the English versions of 70-431, 70-443, 70-444, and 70-528 will attest. But it looks like Microsoft is completing its Technology Specialist and IT Professional developer and database credentials with this latest slate of offerings, and making good headway on matching that feat in the international arena outside North America.
Interestingly, Microsoft Learning's latest newsletter also claims that the company will add over 100 new e-learning titles to support Visual Studio .NET 2005 and SQL Server 2005 in the near future. These courses cost as little as $39.99 each, and a collection of seven such courses is available for $225. The titles are distributed as follows: 55 on SQL Server for database administrators, developers, and business intelligence specialists, with 74 on Visual Studio topics related to Windows, Web, and Enterprise application development.
Ed Tittel is a long-time follower of the IT certification market, who usually keeps at least one eye on what Microsoft is doing. Among other things, Ed created (and edited) the Exam Cram cert prep book series from 1997 through 2005; he's also a contributing editor for Certification Magazine. E-mail Ed at email@example.com.