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From the July 2002 issue of MSDN Magazine
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Skills Development
On this page, we provide information on the most current Microsoft developer resources available. This month you'll find the latest information on the new .NET MCAD certification, as well as books, articles, and training courses related to the topics covered in this issue of MSDN Magazine.

MCAD for Microsoft .NET

      Microsoft recently announced its new .NET developer credential—the Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) for Microsoft .NET. This certification is for developers who use Microsoft tools and technologies to develop and maintain department-level applications, components, Web or desktop clients, or back-end data services. The first set of MCAD exams for Windows developers will be available in mid-June.

      New training and books supporting the exams: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET; MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing Windows-Based Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual C# .NET.
      For more information on the MCAD credential and supporting materials, please visit

Visual Studio .NET Training

      Expand and sharpen your development skills with Visual Studio .NET with a four-step series of courses offered by Microsoft. The first step covers programming languages in Visual Basic, C#, and C++. The second step includes a choice of courses on the .NET Framework and the third covers .NET Applications. The fourth step is an in-depth look at XML Web Services. Each course provides a list of recommended books for further study. To sign up, visit

New Books from Microsoft Press

      Building Web Solutions with ASP .NET and ADO .NET by Dino Esposito (2002), Programming Microsoft Windows with C# by Charles Petzold (2001), and Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming in Microsoft Visual Basic .NET by Jeffrey Richter and Francesco Balena (2002).

Additional Resources

For additional information on the topics covered in this issue, see the following:
System Event Notification Service (Platform SDK)
XML and the DataSet (.NET Framework SDK)
System.Xml Namespace (.NET Framework SDK)
DirectShow (DirectX SDK)
The Microsoft Shared Source CLI Implementation
Microsoft Windows CE .NET Help
Serializing Objects (.NET Framework SDK)

Training course information can be found at
Introduction to C# Programming with Microsoft .NET, Course 2609
Programming ADO.NET, Course 2389
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