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Exam Ref 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications Paperback – 3 Oct 2013
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About the Author
William Penberthy is currently an application development consultant with RBA, a Microsoft 2012 Partner of the Year and has been working in software development for 25 years. He has participated in the development of more than 115 different software products and has taught multiple college and university programming and software development classes. He has specialized in the Microsoft stack for almost eight years, concentrating on ASP.NET, ASP.NET, MVC, Silverlight, and WPF. William lives in Denver, Colorado.
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There was really only a single problem I had with the book: there are relatively few code examples, but the information contained in the examples is extremely important. You'll want to take note of the syntax used in all of the example code and make sure you understand it completely (and, similarly, that you'd be able to identify if something did not adhere to this syntax).
The book is split into precisely the objectives that appear on the exam, and the example questions it gives in its objective reviews are extremely similar in tone and content ot the question on the exam.
in short, this book isn't a holistic overview of ASP.NET MVC 4 nor does it pretend to be - it's a fairly unforgiving but ultimately complete guide to the exam. Don't scan through it, study it closely and it'll give you everything you need to pass.
I can't blame the author for all the bad that is in this book as the fault lies with Microsoft. The techniques outlined in this book are so out-of-date that they are just plain wrong. We rarely do browser sniffing these days, we do feature detection instead; even then we don't write our own we use Modernizr. We rarely target specific devices any more, we build responsive webpages and yet we told we need to know how to create device specific views. And it continues like this throughout the book.
Oh and don't get me started on the test questions in this book, which are so open to interpretation that it's unlikely you select the correct answers even when you really do know your stuff.
In summary, this book teaches you to pass an exam that is of little practical use and does so in a way that is incomplete and dull. I can't recommend the exam or this book.
As an example, I've just read a section on "Design and implement the Azure role life cycle". It describes the various startup tasks of a Azure server - Startup Tasks / OnStart / Run / OnEnd. The review questions ask you to pick one of these tasks for the scenario described. Unfortunately, the answer is "OnError" which is described later in the book. Issues like this don't give you confidence in the book.
Still, the book closely follows the "Skills Measured" from the Microsoft site. I'm going to use this book for study, but it needs another book with more practical examples of MVC code.
There is not a lot of code in this book, so you need to do quite a bit of supplementary research on how to do a few things. I found the questions at the end of each section really helpful as it challenged what you learned and how to apply it in the real world. This proved invaluable for questions in the test.
I scored quite highly in the exam and I think it is related to going through this book constantly until you can answer all the summary questions with confidence and playing around with MVC. I will be getting the next book in the series to help with the next exam!
Good luck to all you test takers!
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