GerryO's Blog

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I'm Back

Sort of. Decided to turn the pilot light back on for the blog. Any strategies or tips on how to be a...

Author: gerry.obrien@outlook.com Date: 06/26/2015

A New Role

If anyone is still following this blog, you know that I moved from our content development group to...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 09/10/2013

Training and Content Development

I’ve been thinking about this for some time now and decided it was time focus some more effort in...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/12/2013

Microsoft Certification Information Blog has Moved

My last post indicated that I was moving on from a Product Planning role on the developer and SQL...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 04/04/2012

Moving On

So, after ~ two years as the Certification Product Planner, in typical Microsoft fashion, it’s time...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 12/02/2010

Windows Azure Beta Exam Announcement

Register for Beta Exam 71-583, Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications You are...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 10/13/2010

Silverlight Beta Exam Announcement

Register for Beta Exam 71-506, TS: Silverlight 4, Development You are invited to take beta exam...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 10/13/2010

Developer Cert Update

I’m a slacker, I know. However, I have been a little busy getting ready for our next fiscal...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 07/08/2010

Are Your Apps Compatible with Office 2010?

Application Compatibility for Office 2010 Analyze your environment for installed add-ins and...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 06/01/2010

SharePoint 2010 Best Practices

Learn SharePoint 2010 Best Practices Explore design considerations you should have as you start...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 06/01/2010

Explore SQL Server 2008 R2 breakthrough capabilities on Channel 9

See how StreamInsight provides real-time monitoring and analytics on incoming event data that would...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 05/05/2010

Why the SQL Server 2008 Certifications Don’t Cover R2

SQL Server 2008 R2 has just released and some of you are asking if the current exams will be updated...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 05/03/2010

Certification Exams, NDAs, and Responsible Behavior

Based on some recent events, I find it necessary to post this as a notification to all those who...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 04/28/2010

Free Silverlight Training on Channel 9

Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/29/2010

More VS 2010 Beta Seats Available

OK, you asked for it.  We responded. The absolute best that I can do is to open up 150 more...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/19/2010

Free Windows Phone 7 Series Developer Training Kit

Windows Phone 7 Series holds a promise to be an amazing personal mobile phone with new innovative...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/18/2010

Register for Visual Studio 2010 Beta Exams

You are invited to take part in one or more beta exams for Visual Studio 2010 and the Microsoft .NET...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/17/2010

Free Developer Training on Silverlight!

Channel 9 is offering a free Silverlight 4 Training Kit. The training kit includes a whitepaper...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/16/2010

Watch MIX10 Sessions Online!

You Couldn’t Make It to MIX10 - but You Can Watch Online While it isn’t the same as attending MIX10,...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/16/2010

Windows Phone 7 at MIX10

You’re hearing all about Windows Phone 7 Series—now learn all about it at MIX10. Everything you...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 02/15/2010

Free Certification Exams

<warning> This is a long post </warning> Want to see if you’re ready to develop for the...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 02/10/2010

Learn About Development for the Next Generation of Windows Phone

  Just when you didn’t think it could get any better, we took it to the next level. At MIX10,...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 01/27/2010

Passionate About the Web?

Join us for MIX10, a 3 day event full of inspiration, content, and networking. MIX10 is a 72 hour...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 12/08/2009

Windows Mobile 6.5, Configuring Beta Exam Invite

Register for Beta Exam 71-579, TS: Windows Mobile® 6.5, Configuring You are invited to take beta...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/24/2009

Windows Mobile 6.5 Developer Beta Exam Invite

Register for Beta Exam 71-580, TS: Windows Mobile® 6.5, Application Development You are invited to...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/24/2009

More Developer Training from Channel 9

Sitting here at PDC this week and watching the loooooonnnng line for the Azure hands-on...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/17/2009

New Training on Channel 9

Are you trying to find more information to help you prepare for certifications?  Perhaps you...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/09/2009

Visual Studio 2010 Exams Update

We are just finishing up week two of intense exam design sessions today.  Last week we created...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 10/30/2009

Win 7 and VS2010 Training Courses LIVE

  Want to learn more on the latest versions of Visual Studio and Windows coming out of...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 10/21/2009

Dates Set for Visual Studio 2010 Exam Design

October and November will be busy months around here as we start design on the Visual Studio 2010...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 08/28/2009

Developer Certification Changes

Early information but at this point, it looks as though there will be two new exams for SharePoint...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 07/07/2009

Windows vs WPF

Wow, what a lot of feedback on both blogs around the Windows Forms vs WPF debate.  All good...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 06/12/2009

Visual Studio 2010 Exams Are Changing

Well, just a little. After much thought, and then some more, along with discussions with the...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 05/28/2009

Certification Update and Small Survey

We are almost locked on our Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4.0 certification track. ...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 04/13/2009

All is Quiet on the Cert Front

Too quiet actually. I know a lot of people are waiting to see what the new cert plan will be for...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 03/06/2009

Exam 70-565 Prep Guide

Some of you are asking about information on what this exam will cover and the prep guides are not...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 02/11/2009

Career Assist

The current economic situation leaves many people wondering about their careers and future job...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 02/10/2009

Keeping Up to Date and Going Backwards at the Same Time

Part of my role as a Product Planner is to keep up with technology changes in the industry as they...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 02/09/2009

Status Update on Exam Release Dates

A few are asking, so I thought I would post this morning what our current release dates are for the...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 02/02/2009

Designers Are Next

Yes that’s right, I will be looking at what to do with some of the Expression Suite of products in...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 01/19/2009

Quick Update for the New Year

I know it’s been awhile since I posted and for that I have to say, oh well. I spent two weeks at...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 01/12/2009

70-505 Closes on Monday

I know lots of you have already registered and like to wait until the later dates of delivery and...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 12/12/2008

Exam Centers Charging for Beta Exams

I hate posting this, but I need to get some information to help resolve these issues.  I had a...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 12/08/2008

How do I Prepare for the Visual Studio 2008 Exams?

I am being asked this question quite often lately, and of course it is a perfectly valid...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/24/2008

70-563 - Pro: Designing and Developing Windows® Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 Redux

That's right, it's back! You can register and take this exam between the dates of November 19 and...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/20/2008

Register for Beta Exam 71-505: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, Windows Forms Application Development

Registration Begins 11/21/2008 You are invited to take beta exam 71-505: TS: Microsoft .NET...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/20/2008

FREE eLearning at TechEd EMEA

Stop by the Microsoft Learning booth in the expo hall for a voucher to obtain one free eLearning...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/12/2008

Register for Beta Exam 71-565: Pro: Designing and Developing Enterprise Applications Using the Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5

Registration Begins 11/7/2008 You are invited to take beta exam 71-565: Pro: Designing and...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/07/2008

New Vista Learning Snacks: A Free Offer (Worldwide)

I know this is a developer and SQL Server related blog for certifications however, I know that you...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/07/2008

Register for Beta Exam 71-564: Pro: Designing and Developing ASP.NET Applications Using the Microsoft(r) .NET Framework 3.5

Registration Begins 11/5/2008 You are invited to take beta exam 71-564: Pro: Designing and...

Author: Gerry O'Brien Date: 11/04/2008

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