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Poses as many questions as answers
on 12 December 2006
Bought this book with the idea to quickly go through it and take the new 70-536 exam. Unfortunately there are so many errors in descriptions, code and statements that I am now using it as a study guide for the areas required in the exam, and MSDN online as the actual source of information. This is obviously taking much longer than expected and i probably won't be ready for the booked exam.
The book I guess covers all the required areas but in such low detail and often in way that contradicts itself and MSDN that it leaves me wondering if I know more than the book or if I'm just not understanding the course, hardly giving me confidence for the exam.
I know this is a first edition but surely the writers aren't using me as a proof reader. There is a list of corrections on the Micrsoft Press web site but even the couple hundred contained errors hardly touch the extra errors that i've found! I have to read the book, the corrections and MSDN all at once to know what i'm reading is correct.
The book does cover VB and C# which is fine, unfortunately mixing the languages in code examples is not! The corrections site doesn't catch a lot of these errors so be careful with a second edition as it will still probably be wrong.
Even if the text is factually correct the uninspired explantions of the code are so poor I still turn to MSDN.
There isn't much choice for study guides for exam 70-536 at present so you may still have to buy this book. Just do so knowing you'll have to do a lot more work than just reading it, like reading the correct explanations, methods, events etc, somewhere else. Unfortuntely plan more time than you should have needed to.
Very much a rush job for a new exam that ultimately fails to fulfill its purpose and leaves the reader unsure about the knowledge they are trying to learn.