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Not enough to pass
on 11 August 2011
I bought this book for two reasons:
1) to learn about the technology
2) to pass the exam.
The book is successful in giving an overview of the different technologies, but seems to scratch the surface. Many of the topics (jquery, MVC etc) would justify a book in their own right.
Having studied the book and done the end of chapter practice questions, I turned to the practice tests on the CD. It quickly became apparent that there were a lot of questions which the detail in the book did not cover.
I spent a lot of time going through all 200 question on the CD, making sure I understood why the answers were correct and the underlying principles.
Then I sat the exam. I would estimate that a good half of the questions could not be answered by just studying the book and CD.
I failed the exam, and don't feel that any amount of studying this material alone would enable me to pass. A lot of 'reading around' is required, and this isn't clear from the book.
Having said that, the book is a useful overview as a starting point of the areas that you need to study. It's just not the whole picture.