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Bing Maps Certification

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  • Any idea on how to pursue certification on Bing Maps?
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    Thursday, March 04, 2010 3:22 AM

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  • There's only one recognised certification on the Bing Maps platform, which is Microsoft Exam 74-544, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=74-544

    Passing this exam qualifies you as Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist on the Bing Maps platform and (from May 2010) also counts towards the Business Intelligence competency.

    However, I would warn you that (aside from getting the qualification), there's little practical benefit from taking this exam - the content is basically just a rebranded version of the old Virtual Earth exam 70-544, which was itself already dated when I took it over a year ago. For example, there's nothing about integrating Bing Maps with SQL Server 2008, nothing about the Silverlight control, nothing about the Bing Maps Web Services, clustering, dynamic tile layers etc. It's basically just about the methods available within the AJAX control.

    This rebranded exam is really a wasted opportunity by Microsoft to properly revise the content to reflect the skills that would be expected of a modern Bing Maps developer - there's been much progress in the last few years that's brought Bing Maps a long way from the pretty "spinny globe" that it used to be, but unfortunately there was only limited budget available to revise the exam, and it feels like only the bare minimum has been done to update it.

    While it won't do any harm to take exam 74-544, I certainly would not say this qualification reflects the knowledge I woud expect a Bing Maps professional to have.
    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Thursday, March 04, 2010 9:47 AM

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  • There's only one recognised certification on the Bing Maps platform, which is Microsoft Exam 74-544, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=74-544

    Passing this exam qualifies you as Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist on the Bing Maps platform and (from May 2010) also counts towards the Business Intelligence competency.

    However, I would warn you that (aside from getting the qualification), there's little practical benefit from taking this exam - the content is basically just a rebranded version of the old Virtual Earth exam 70-544, which was itself already dated when I took it over a year ago. For example, there's nothing about integrating Bing Maps with SQL Server 2008, nothing about the Silverlight control, nothing about the Bing Maps Web Services, clustering, dynamic tile layers etc. It's basically just about the methods available within the AJAX control.

    This rebranded exam is really a wasted opportunity by Microsoft to properly revise the content to reflect the skills that would be expected of a modern Bing Maps developer - there's been much progress in the last few years that's brought Bing Maps a long way from the pretty "spinny globe" that it used to be, but unfortunately there was only limited budget available to revise the exam, and it feels like only the bare minimum has been done to update it.

    While it won't do any harm to take exam 74-544, I certainly would not say this qualification reflects the knowledge I woud expect a Bing Maps professional to have.
    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Thursday, March 04, 2010 9:47 AM
  • The content of the 70-544 exam is a bit old.
    The learning platform is a good thing to get into it.

    Good luck with this!
    My blog (FR): http://blogs.developpeur.org/nicoboo/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/nicolasboonaert/
    Thursday, March 04, 2010 2:40 PM
  • I wish I didn't have to agree with this but it's true the exam is out dated and does not cover a lot of the newer stuff. When I wrote the exam over a year ago I found parts of it to be outdated and other parts to be non-best practices. Maybe they are planning to update it after some more features are released. I'm not sure of the significance of May has on the exam that it can be used towards the BI competency, there must be a reason for it.

    Windows Live Developer MVP - http://rbrundritt.spaces.live.com
    Saturday, March 06, 2010 11:33 AM
  • When I wrote my certification I went through 

    a. Microsoft Bing maps API reference

    b. Map point API reference.

     

    That should give you pretty much all the information you need to study in order to pass the certification.

    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 1:03 AM
  • @Aditya - I really would strongly discourage anybody from (currently) attempting to study for the Bing Maps certification.

    To revise for 74-544, you'd need to refer to the API reference for the Bing Maps AJAX v6.1 control - which is a whole major version (and several minor versions) behind the current control. You'd also be expected to answer questions on old tools such as Internet Explorer 5.5, SQL Server 2005 and .NET 2.0. And you wouldn't learn anything about the Silverlight control, the REST services, the SOAP services....

    Basically, the knowledge you would acquire and demonstrate by passing the exam would be next to useless in any current practical development situations.

    And, believe me, as a trainer and big supporter of continued personal development, it really pains me to say that.


    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 9:53 AM
  • Hello Tanoshimi

    Thank you for the information. I completely agree with you. Do you have any information on when the new MCTS for bing maps is going to be out ?

    Regards

     


    Aditya Tadakaluru MCPD, MCITP, MCTS(Bing Maps)
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 5:00 PM
  • An interesting question.... myself and several others have been pursuing the issue with Microsoft for some time. Unfortunately, updating certification is a costly and time-consuming process, and I'm not aware of any plans to roll-out a revised Bing Maps certification in the near future.

    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Tuesday, January 04, 2011 7:23 PM
  • When I wrote my certification I went through

    a. Microsoft Bing maps API reference

    b. Map point API reference.

     

    That should give you pretty much all the information you need to study in order to pass the certification.


    Where to find some related articles?
    Saturday, January 15, 2011 11:50 PM
  • Virtual Earth 6.1 SDK:

    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/en/details.aspx?FamilyID=3c598d67-deea-45fc-98b5-0b4ba20d04c2

     

    Mappoint Web Services 4.7 SDK:

    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/gg427712.aspx


    Beginning Spatial with SQL Server http://www.apress.com/book/view/1430218290
    Sunday, January 16, 2011 3:51 PM
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