Microsoft Resources Enhance .NET Skills

REDMOND, Wash., April 8, 2002 — Microsoft Corp. is offering a comprehensive set of resources for Visual Studio® .NET and the .NET Framework — including books, courses and certification paths — to help developers quickly become productive with this new technology. These resources contain the deep technical details developers have requested and were designed in close consultation with the Microsoft®
.NET product teams to provide the most relevant, accurate information available.

“With each .NET title Microsoft Press®
publishes, customers can feel secure in the knowledge that we worked closely with the product teams to include the most detailed, up-to-date content,” said Don Fowley, publisher of Microsoft Press. “Our more than 40 .NET titles cover the broadest range of .NET technologies and languages to ensure our customers’ needs are met, whether they are new to object-oriented programming or are seasoned enterprise application developers.”

Microsoft Press is employing innovative strategies to produce resources that reflect Fowley’s assertion. For example, Jeffrey Richter, co-founder of Wintellect, a training, design and debugging company, and a consultant for Microsoft, spent two years working with the Microsoft .NET Framework team in preparation for his book, “Applied Microsoft .NET Framework Programming.” During this time, Richter focused on the Visual Studio .NET Software Development Kit, which includes sample code, tools and documentation to help users develop and write to Microsoft technologies. Microsoft Press encourages its authors to work very closely with the teams developing Microsoft technologies to ensure its customers have access to the detailed knowledge these groups possess.

The extensive knowledge found in Microsoft Press books is also reflected in the developer certifications available from Microsoft. Updates to the Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) credential focus on .NET-related skills, and the new Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) credential is for application developers who code, test and debug department-level applications. In addition, there are more than 20 instructor-led training courses created in correlation with these certifications to help developers build on their current skills and experience as they transition to the Microsoft .NET Platform and prepare for certifications in those areas.

For more information on books, courses and certification paths, customers can visit Microsoft’s Web site at

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