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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basis for Self Study
Don't expect this book to go down to the level needed to pass the 70-320 exam but use this book as the platform to guide you through the syllabus, and use MSDN to fill in the details and you have an excellent self study program. Worked for me.
Published on 27 Aug 2003 by A. D. Lambert

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3.0 out of 5 stars Covers exam objectives, but full of errors
This book covers all of the exam objectives. However, having taken the exam, the book does seem to spend too much time on some subjects, like Windows Services, and not enough time on things like Serviced Components and Remoting, this could have just been my exam though. The other place this book falls down is on errors in the code samples, it looks like the author created...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Covers exam objectives, but full of errors, 29 Jun 2003
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This review is from: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual C#(TM) .NET (MCSE Self-paced Training Kit) (Paperback)
This book covers all of the exam objectives. However, having taken the exam, the book does seem to spend too much time on some subjects, like Windows Services, and not enough time on things like Serviced Components and Remoting, this could have just been my exam though. The other place this book falls down is on errors in the code samples, it looks like the author created the VB samples first and then copied and amended them for C# and in a lot of places leaving syntax errors - maybe the author forgot that c# is case sensitive??? My final complaint lies with the samples, you can spend loads of time writing apps that invlove writing code that although is required for the samples to work, is not relevant for the exam. You can get the code from the supplemental CD, but not the SQL required for creating tables etc required for samples...this was very annoying and in the most part I did not bother fully completing the excersises.
But, with Transcenders, and MSDN to reinforce the objectives listed in the book, I did pass the exam first time.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Insufficient Detail, 17 July 2003
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Martin Hollingsworth (Sydney, Australia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual C#(TM) .NET (MCSE Self-paced Training Kit) (Paperback)
Given the amount of subject material this exam covers it was always going to be a difficult task for the authors. Unfortunately this book doesn't even come close to getting you prepared for the exam. Basically it just skims over each topic with insufficient detail to understand the topics to the level required and the example code seems to be page fillers rather than concise examples of the functionality.
I would recommend you stick to the .NET Framework documentation and use a MeasureUp / Transcender Exam to focus you on the right areas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Basis for Self Study, 27 Aug 2003
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A. D. Lambert "Well Red" (Herts, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual C#(TM) .NET (MCSE Self-paced Training Kit) (Paperback)
Don't expect this book to go down to the level needed to pass the 70-320 exam but use this book as the platform to guide you through the syllabus, and use MSDN to fill in the details and you have an excellent self study program. Worked for me.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Badly designed learning resource, 21 Mar 2003
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This review is from: MCAD/MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft® Visual Basic® .NET and Microsoft Visual C#(TM) .NET (MCSE Self-paced Training Kit) (Paperback)
The book is very comprehensive, covering all the requirements for the exam. I have used other self-paced training kits and found them brilliant.
This one, on the other hand, has the same elements, but they are very badly implemented.
Take, for example, the chapter on .NET Remoting, a complex and bewildering subject at the best of times. You wade through 30 pages of fact after fact after fact with no way of understanding how they relate until you get towards the end. At the end, there is a 'lab'. This involves simply copying a futher 7 pages of code, with no comments or explanation. There are no further exercises for which you have to think and get the opportunity to learn. Admitedly, this subject alone would require a book of its own to learn properly, but this is for an MCAD/MCSD exam, so I would expect clearer explanations and better learning material.
Sorry, but I would advise that you don't rely on this book.. get a companion book or use one of the other learning resources.. I haven't compared them yet, but anything would be better than this book.
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