Passed first upgrade exam(70-553) for MCPD certification

Yesterday I passed the 1st exam to upgrade my MCSD.NET to MCPD EA certification.

Last Friday I did the 70-553 exam for the first time. I failed by only 30 points on one of the three parts of the exam, the windows development part. So I had to retake the exam.

If you need to study for the exam I can advise you the guide of my colleague David San Filippo. And the Transcenders are always helpful.

Avanade teams with Microsoft to develop Sharepoint guidance

Microsoft Office Sharepoint Server is selling like a rock these days, it seesm like almost every Microsoft developer is doing MOSS. But MOSS also has it’s downsides of course.

1) A lack of tools to support the developer in his day-to-day work. Tools like the WSP builder for instance which is build by the community.

2) A lack of guidance.


Avanade now teams together with Microsoft to provide more guidance to Sharepoint developers!

"SharePoint projects can be more risky than traditional .NET projects because the developer best practices and tools for the platform aren’t as mature" says Mike Chorey, GT&S Solutions Architect @ Avanade “Our  goals were to create consistency and cut ramp-up time in half for Sharepoint developers. With the new guidance from the Patterns & Practices team, delivering SharePoint projects will be much more predictable and lower risk."

For more information, check out this video on and version 1.0 of the P&P Sharepoint guidance on the Microsoft site.