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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft® .NET Framework - Application Development: Microsoft.NET Framework - Application Development Foundation (Self-Paced Training Kits) Hardcover – 22 Nov 2008
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Tony Northrup, MVP, MCSE, MCTS, and CISSP, is a consultant and author living in New London, CT. Tony started programming before Windows® 1.0 was released, but has focused on Windows administration and development for the last 15 years. He has written about 25 books covering Windows development, networking, and security. Among other titles, Tony is coauthor of the Windows 7 Resource Kit and Windows Server 2008 Networking and NAP. You can view his animal photos, bird photos, and travel photos, read his Windows Help blog.
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If you are a total .net novice, this is not suitable as a first book.
The style chosen makes it fairly useful even if you are not taking the exam.
This book did a reasonable job of going over that, but I think it expects you to have experience (which I guess is an intention of the exams) and to jump off into other resources. I'll admit to being a bit lazy when using the book but I felt it could have covered some things a little better, and I got some questions on the exam that weren't covered at all.
The practice test app on the CD was quite useful but I wasn't a fan of the questions. The Study test had many questions out of context, which made picking an answer trikier, and in the simulated test, I tended to spend most of my time trying to work out the question. Several questions had me analysing several lines of code per answer and trying to work out how they were different, let alone which one was correct. The real exam questions are much better worded and are much easier to understand, putting the focus more on your knowledge.
Overall I thought the book was useful and it got me through the exam, but it's not the best study book I've used. Maybe if I was a bit less lazy and did all the labs I might have got a bit more out of it :)
After taking the exam I would say about 60% was covered - which is quite a lot left for someone to research on their own.
Having said that, it is a great book for learning from if you're not focussed purely on passing the exam, and the style of writing is superb.
I am very disappointed in microsoft's inability to communicate this matter clearly in the book. as someone who hasnt studied for a while i have 15 exams to get through which i would have expected to get done in 2 years. knowing what i know now it will take me 6 months per an exam.. if this is the case then how does Microsoft sign off on training that lasts a few days with mention that you could write exams in a little over a month..?
i understand microsoft are trying to iron out brain dumpers but this books clear lack of the required information to pass the exam or clear indications that a lot more external reading is needed, makes this book a waste of time. i would be better off just knowing the subjects and researching them from msdn since i have no trust in microsoft's ability to compile comprehensive and complete study guides that require no further reading and would at the very least, tell you that you need further info that isnt described in the book
This is a great study guide to the exam. It is not the be all and end all, but if you are sitting the exam I would highly recommed this. its well laid out and the sample test in the book are great. Also a great feature is the 'Case Scenarios' at the end of each chapter where a real world problem is outlined and you are asked to solve it using what you have just learned, great way to get you thinking about what you have just read. I would recomed plenty of practice coding when reading this book... try out all the examples!
A must read for anyone taking the exam.
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