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 home over the Christmas holidays and didn’t touch a computer for the purposes of work  The break was nice for a change.

Since I have been back, things have been a little hectic as I get ready layout my plan for certifications on Visual Studio 2010 and .NET 4.0.  Some of you would like a peek into that plan but I can’t let the cat out of the bag yet.  Do note that you will see some changes to what will be.

I am spending a fair bit of time with different groups in Microsoft determining direction of products, personas, areas of focus etc.  My plan has to encompass not just Visual Studio 2010 but all current developer technologies that Microsoft has set for release.  This includes the following, in no particular order;

Visual Studio 2010
Windows Forms
ADO.NET (Data Services)
Application Lifecycle Management (MSF)
Security for developers
Software Testers
SharePoint Services
Expression tools (Blend, Designer, etc.)
Windows Mobile
Windows Embedded
Performance Point Server

I know there are a few more but this is all I can recall at the moment.  I’m in the process of installing Windows 7 on my computers so I don’t have access to the complete plan.  Now, this doesn’t mean that you will see certs or exams on everything that I have listed here.  This is my “wish list” based on conversations with you, the product groups and just an overall view of what is available for developers.

As usual, this wish list will be whittle down to what we can budget for and what makes sense in terms of reach and audience need.  SO, in case you thought I was off idling somewhere and forgot all about the blog, rest assured that I wasn’t.

Look for more updates as this plan becomes solidified and I can start to paint the new landscape for you.