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  1. Senior Member Lord Nikon's Avatar
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    Star award Need a little advice

    I currently hold the 680 for windows 7. While I enjoy help desk and network admin jobs, I find the creativity lacking. So I was talking to my boss today and he suggested web design/development as I am constantly building my own websites for the games I play. But he also suggested I look at the MTA Exam 98-363 test to see if I could "hack it" as he called it. Should I bother with this? is MTA bad for someone at my level?

    My goal would be to go into web development and also mobile phones.
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    I sent you a PM regarding this, but I will repeat it here as others might find it useful. The MTA exams are all academic exams. This means you must be a student to take them and you have to show your student ID when you take the exam. That being said, I think the objectives are well worth the time and study.

    For people looking at getting started in the Microsoft Web Development ecosystem I highly suggest taking a look at Pluralsight. For $30.00 a month you get a ton of training on anything from ASP.NET MVC to HTML5 and it eve covers some non-MS development topic like Android and iOS.

    Here is a list of suggestions that every MS web dev needs to know:
    HTML
    CSS
    JavaScript
    ASP.NET
    Web Services (WCF) - You don't need to be an expert but have an idea of what it is and how to consume it.
    T-SQL
    Libraries and frameworks like jQuery
    Subversion, TeamFoundation Server, GIT or other
    IIS
    HTTP/S
    UX and usability
    Patterns: Separation of concerns (MVC, MVVM, etc)
    Unit Testing
    AJAX
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