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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-505): Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 - Windows® Forms Application Development (Microsoft Press Training Kit) Paperback – 7 Mar 2009

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  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (7 Mar. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626379
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 795,867 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Matthew A. Stoecker, MCP, has written numerous books and articles on Microsoft® Visual Basic®, Visual C#®, Windows® Forms, and Windows Presentation Foundation, including the Self-Paced Training Kits for Exams 70-502, 70-306, and 70-316.

Steven J. Stein, MCP, has been a programmer writer on the Microsoft® Visual Studio® team for eight years, where he develops documentation and code samples. He and Matt Stoecker also coauthored the Self-Paced Training Kits for Exam 70-526.

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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Mark Price on 1 April 2009
Format: Paperback
If you have little or no existing experience with Windows Forms and want to pass the exam, this is a good place to start learning.

But if you already have experience with Windows Forms, you might be disappointed...

This is effectively a second edition of the book that covered the .NET 2.0 exam. It seems as though 95% of the content is identical, so I do *not* recommend buying this edition if you already have the 2.0 book.

The authors have only added content for two new topics: 24 pages on LINQ and 3 pages on hosting a WPF control by using ElementHost. But they have missed out some important deployment-related topics that appear on the exam:

1) Install a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) browser application by using ClickOnce
2) Install a Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) application by using ClickOnce
3) Configure and work with Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC) by using ClickOnce deployments
4) Set appropriate security permissions to deploy the application. This objective may include but is not limited to: elevated permissions
5) Configure Trusted Application deployments
6) Configure security features in an application. This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure code access security, configure the application to work with UAC, configure Windows manipulation permissions, configure appropriate file access permissions for the application, control printing security for the application

So if you have the previous book or you're already experienced with Windows Forms 2.0 then you're better off simply reading Microsoft's free MSDN site. In particular, read the topic titled "What's New in Windows Forms for the .NET Framework 3.5" in combination with Microsoft's official preparation guide for the exam. I wish the authors had!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 9 Aug. 2010
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I generally find the MS press books useful. None of the ones I have read so far have provided 100% exam coverage, and there are usually errors in the self-tests, but the exercises are useful, and the ground that is covered is generally covered pretty well.

Strongly recommend that this be paired with a Measure-Up type test before the exam.
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By falcon24 on 29 Dec. 2011
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I recently did an home learning in VB.net so I could take 70-505 exam. The course was good but did not cover everything you require in the exam. This book ia excellent if you have experiance in either VB.Net or C#.net to fine tune you knowledge. I would recommend getting this book before attempting 70-505 exam.
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0 of 5 people found the following review helpful By rajanish on 8 July 2010
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Timely delivered, though it was left outside as I was not at home.
But there were no problems, and it arrived in good condition.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Satisfactory for 90% of exam topics, but missing some topics completely 1 April 2009
By Mark Price - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
If you have little or no existing experience with Windows Forms and want to pass the exam, this is a good place to start learning.

But if you already have experience with Windows Forms, you might be disappointed...

This is effectively a second edition of the book that covered the Windows Forms 2.0 exam (70-526). It seems as though 95% of the content is identical, so I do *not* recommend buying this edition if you already have the 2.0 book.

The authors have only added content for two new topics: 24 pages on LINQ and 3 pages on hosting a WPF control by using ElementHost. But they have missed out some important deployment-related topics that appear on the exam:

1) Install a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) browser application by using ClickOnce
2) Install a Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) application by using ClickOnce
3) Configure and work with Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC) by using ClickOnce deployments
4) Set appropriate security permissions to deploy the application. This objective may include but is not limited to: elevated permissions
5) Configure Trusted Application deployments
6) Configure security features in an application. This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure code access security, configure the application to work with UAC, configure Windows manipulation permissions, configure appropriate file access permissions for the application, control printing security for the application

So if you have the previous book or you're already experienced with Windows Forms 2.0 then you're better off simply reading Microsoft's free MSDN site. In particular, read the topic titled "What's New in Windows Forms for the .NET Framework 3.5" in combination with Microsoft's official preparation guide for the exam. I wish the authors had!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Good enough to pass the exam 1 April 2009
By PH Bible Student - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Along with the other two MS Training Kits I have used (Exam 70-536, 70-502) this book (and the included practice exams) was sufficient to help me pass on the first try. As far as the MS Certification system is concerned, passing any single exam is not going to make you an expert, not going to grant you any inordinate respect among your peers. Nevertheless, there seems to be a cumulative effect, such that the total understanding I have gained as a result of the three exams I have passed thus far is greater than the sum of the three exams considered individually. As someone moving from the Linux world into the MS world, I feel these training kits have been indispensible in helping me with the transition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Tedious reading 25 July 2009
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book in hopes of getting a solid understanding of Winforms 3.5. Unfortunately, this book is mostly step-by-step tutorials which really slows down the knowledge transfer (and makes for a large book). I have to go through a 4 page tutorial just to find the 10 lines of relevant code that will be on the test. It would have been better if the relevant code snippets where extracted and explained and the remainder was removed.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A well-written, nearly-comprehensive training kit 4 Jun. 2009
By Michael J. Mcmahon Jr. - Published on Amazon.com
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This book is an excellent high-level review / introduction (depending on your experience) of Windows Forms Application development under the .NET Framework 3.5. The topics covered are vast and reasonably detailed, and I felt that it accurately reflected the exam and its requirements. Combined with the training exam to prompt some additional research, the entire kit is very well-rounded.

The book itself has very few typos and no grammatical errors that come to mind. All but one or two examples are completely correct, without any misleading information. Each chapter covers a related set of topics in fair detail - the first half of the book is more of a blitz review of all the controls and events, whereas the remainder covers most details and intricacies quite well. The only topics I felt could have used more coverage were LINQ, WPF (and deployments), and permissions (at least a review of them). While these are each major topics in other books (LINQ in ADO.NET and WPF & security & deployments in WPF), at least a minor review would have been helpful in sorting out some of the details and making things clearer.

Aside from those minor points - which were taken care of with a quick review of some permissions online - the book text is sufficient to pass the exam. The coverage of DataSets may seem cursory, but such detailed functionality is a topic more suited to ADO.NET, not this exam. Again, the coverage suits the exam. The permissions issues tend to revolve around installation and UAC (in Vista) issues that aren't covered or explained thoroughly. Printer permissions are covered quite well, but most others and the tools involved are not and could use more coverage; if the security models from the 70-536 exam are still in your mind, you'll be fine.

The preparation exams compliment the book very well, pointing out areas that need focus and are not examined thoroughly in the book. For example, the book covers various ToolStrip controls and the exams ask implementation-based questions. The same is true of handling events. Many questions in the preparation exams are very close in substance or intention to the real exam questions. I recommend iterating through the exams several times - more and more interesting or obscure questions will surface as you take them, most of which will prompt a little reading. The one glaring issue I draw with the exam is that it asks how to handle thread exceptions and claims that the AppDomain.UnhandledException event can handle them - this is false, as a little reading on MSDN will show.

In all, I feel this book continues well with most others in giving readers another piece of Microsoft's grand .NET Framework 3.5 programming model. Understanding how rich Windows Forms Applications can be and how to use them is very important, even in the days of WPF. This ties together some of the pillars of .NET 3.5 and provides what I feel to be very good coverage of the topics - more than enough to improve your applications.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Not as good as it is for some other exams 2 Mar. 2011
By ClevelandDev - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This edition of the Self-Paced Training Kit for Windows Forms 3.5 is not a comprehensive or as well written as the ones for some of the other .NET 3.5 certification exams. After taking the exam, there seems to be important topics just totally skipped in this book and in other parts, it jumps straight to a step-by-step example with no text to go into the depth of the topic that you would need to answer the questions on the certification exam. The Windows Controls and Windows Controls Deployment topics were especially bad, with the usability topic area coming up right behind those two. I have used the Self-Paced Training Kit for every other .NET 3.5 exam and it has worked well to prepare me for the certification exam. This one unfortunately did not. Too bad at the current sale price, the practice questions and discount certificate probably make the purchase worthwhile on their own, so the publisher won't get the proper feedback from reduced sales volume that the poor quality of this book deserves. Note: Since the Kindle edition doesn't include the practice tests or the discount certificate, while the CD (or DVD I forget which) included with this book contains a digital copy, I would not recommend the Kindle version at all.
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