Monday, January 28, 2008

.NET 3.5 Exams

Since Visual Studio 2008 is already available for MSDN subscribers, I am wondering when the current certifications will change due to this new release.

Currently, the MCPD certification is based on the exams related to VS2005 / .NET 2.0.
According to this blog, there are new exams for .NET 3.5. These exams are:
Each exam gives you an MCTS certification in that specific area, but there is no mention if these exams will be incorporated into the MCPD certification. Hopefully, MS announces the new changes for MCPD. For now, I will wait a little bit until this happens since I do not want to waste time studying for obsolete exams.

Sunday, January 27, 2008

Evaluating Advantages of Test Driven Development

One of the assignments of my graduation course COMP610 - Selected Topics in Software Engineering is to present a research paper on a topic covered during this course. One of the topics that I find interesting is Test Driven Development. I decided to present the following article:

Evaluating Advantages of Test Driven Development: A Controlled Experiment with Professionals

This is the first time I create a Webcast. I used CamStudio to record the presentation, which records it into AVI files. I used Windows Movie Maker to do some editing in the presentation. I am not sure if there is a better tool for that, but it worked. The output file was a WMV of 33 MB. If no editing was necessary, I could just convert the original AVI to the flash format before uploading. One tool to make this conversion is Free FLV Converter 2.3.

The presentation is only 20 minutes long, but it took a while for me to get it done. Well, now it is over and you can see it at SCIS Streaming Video Site. Enjoy it!