I am a MCSD and I know their certifications are VERY different than Xamarin's.
Has it already been discussed how the acquisition will change university and certification?
We're still in the early stages of working out details; the only known facts are what has been disclosed in the media. I don't think those kinds of decisions have been made yet. We've got a new certification system in place now (yay!) and I expect things will stay pretty much the way they are, at least for a while.
To give you a little insight into the historical process, we evaluate the certification requirements and exam process every year to ensure it is covering what we consider to be essential knowledge for crafting mobile apps with Xamarin. When we go through that evaluation process for next year, I'm sure we'll have new stakeholders who will provide input and direction in that process. What that will look like is an unknown right now. But when that happens, it's possible, perhaps even likely that there may be changes. What will not change is our commitment to ensuring high quality and that your continued certification will mean something in the industry.
I'll let someone else with more knowledge about the acquisition and future plans address possible changes once everything is final and complete
Hey folks, the acquisition isn't final yet, so there's not a lot in the way of plans that we're able to reveal. With that said, I want to allay some concerns.
First of all; Microsoft is a very different company than it once was. They purchased Xamarin because we've emerged as a leader in the space. They want to learn from us and utilize their market presence and resources to make the Xamarin Platform even bigger and better, and in turn, make Microsoft even more successful. They didn't buy us to kill it. They bought us because we complete their developer story in a way they were unable to on their own. Think about it; with Xamarin, Microsoft's developer story is unparalleled. Not only is it incredibly cohesive by being focused around a single well-built runtime platform, but it's also unequaled in the scope of platforms and OS's that it now runs on.
As for Xamarin University, I don't think you have anything to worry about. It is second to none in our industry. Our curriculum, our instructors, our certification, etc. We've managed to thrive in an extremely tough environment. We make people successful every day, and Xamarin Developer Certification has emerged as a game-changer. It's a trusted pedigree in a world of dubious certifications. The coursework is rigorous and the certification exam is thorough and surprising.
I think you can imagine that Microsoft would want to leverage that to help developers find success on their endemic products as well.
There will be lots of announcements to come, but in the meantime, rest assured that this is the absolute best outcome for developers and Xamarin customers.
I hope University stays as it is. I find the MS exams to be horrible things where you walk away with absolutely nothing learned. That and the high braindumpability make them useless certificates in my book.
Short term, probably not, long term I doubt MS will want to maintain different certification schemes. That doesn't make much sense for them. Complete opinion, of course.
I imagine there might be a push from Microsoft to push more UWP development with Forms in the classes - XamU is very much a iOS and Android training platform.
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