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MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (70-306): Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual Basic.NET and Visual Studio.NET Paperback – December 12, 2002

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Mike Gunderloy pursued his first Microsoft certification the year the program was introduced, and he has earned the MCP, MCT, MCSE, MCDBA, and MCSD credentials in the decade since. As lead developer for Lark Group, Inc., Mike has worked with small businesses and Fortune 500 corporations, and he has trained many other developers in the use of Microsoft products. He got hooked on computers when you still had to build your own out of parts, and he is still passionately interested in cutting-edge software technology. As a long-time member of the editorial staff of MCP Magazine, Mike has remained in close touch with the certification community.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 1152 pages
  • Publisher: Que (December 12, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0789728192
  • ISBN-13: 978-0789728197
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 2.4 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,389,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Frank on February 6, 2003
Format: Paperback
If you are following the VB route towards the MCAD/MCSD .NET certification, you can't do better than with this book! I admit that I sometimes go a bit overboard on books, but I have tried several others and this one comes through as the best organized, most thorough and most error-free of all them. Lot of material here with probably more hands on excercises than you will care to do. Don't kid yourself that you'll go through this one in a week, but if you go through it conscientiously then you should be as ready for the exam as you ever would be from any other single source.
Example: The other sources that I went through all seemed to come up way short on ADO. The chapter on ADO in this book is very thorough and for purposes of the test, rates better than other dedicated resources that I have turned to. There are 35 hands on excercises just in this chapter and I am one of those folks who needs to do the hands on stuff. While a good understanding of ADO.NET goes pretty deep, doing these excercises made me feel like I had at least touched upon many of the things that can be done with ADO.NET. The book is sufficiently comprehensive and well organized that I will keep it around as a reference source. The other major area that always gets looked at is typos and mistakes. I am more than halfway through this book and can count the problems on less than five fingers. Last night I encountered a problem with an ADO excercise, emailed the author and he was back to me same day with an explanation!
If it sounds like I am a fan of this book .. I am! I have the author's book on the 70-305 Web Applications exam and have his book on VB.NET XML Web Services on advance order and, going on my experience with this book, my opinion is that most if not all of the material necessary to pass the exam is right here and is presented in a manner that will make you actually enjoy working with it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By John Smiley on April 20, 2004
Format: Paperback
I used this book to prepare for the VB.Net (70-306) Certification exam and I think it's a good one.
The book gives you a great roadmap to Certification--showing you (with almost perfect accuracy) what's on the exam and giving you just enough information to properly prepare.
Don't use this book to learn VB.Net--that's not what it's for. But use it, in conjunction with a good study group (such as one of mine) and an exam simulator such as Transcender, to understand the breadth of knowledge required to pass the exam.
The book breaks the major objectives of the exam into sections that it then deals with chapter by chapter. The author's knowledge is obvious--and what I really liked about the book is that he doesn't waste a lot of time trying to impress you with hard to follow code examples.
The code examples, for the most part, are short and sweet---and he follows these up with multiple Step-By-Step exercises interspersed throughout the chapter, and several follow up exercises to complete on your own. In addition, each chapter has a Self Test section that has some excellent exam type questions to further test your knowledge.
As I indicated, I used this book to successfully prepare for the exam---it's the best one on the market that I've seen.
Of course, every book has some minor glitches--I've compiled a list of errata and posted it on my website here
John Smiley
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By CharlesA on November 10, 2003
Format: Paperback
I'm not an industry insider and have no involvement in the making of this book, my aim was to understand the contents of the curriculum for the 70-306 exam and obviously to pass (which I did, first time)
This is a great book, it's exceptionally well structured, it's full of thorough and well thought-out exercises. Every single step is detailed (nothing is omitted) and you will learn much, not least, how to use Visual Studio properly.
This book has very good review questions and a sample exam at the back which are really useful in getting you to think in a '.Net way' do not skip these they are important.
If you wish to understand .Net windows forms programming to a sufficient degree to pass the 70-306 you will not regret investing the time in reading this book. One reviewer reviewed the wrong book (he/she reviewed the one on another said that this was very poor and disappointing, an opinion which in my view is unsustainable particularly since he gives no fair explanation of why he was driven to give a damning verdict.
I emailed the author a couple of times about some things and he was very quick and generous in his replies. There are errors but there is an errata and any programmer who is aiming to become a .Net MCSD will be able to figure out why something isn't compiling.
I can safely and happily recommend this book to anyone who is serious. I supplemented reading it with the Transcender exam simulations and I found them extremely helpful too.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Chad Kidd on April 25, 2005
Format: Paperback
I read the Sybex 70-305/70-306 book by Brian Reismann and Mitch Ruebush first and it left a lot of gaps needing to be filled in.

I only read about 1/2 of this book, mostly focusing in on the sections on Data Binding and ADO.Net. This book gave a much more in-depth look at ADO.Net which I was very satisfied with. It also covered some areas that were totally left out in the Sybex book. It goes into much more depth and gives more adequate explanations than the Sybex book. The author is a very good writer, but starts out at a beginner level, so more advanced developers will need to skip over a lot of material. The level he writes at was helpful for me since many of the subjects covered are completely new to me, like ADO.Net and designing applications for security. I also bought the Transcender practice tests and the TransTrainer video. I highly recommend reading this book, then taking the Transcender tests. The Preplogic exam included with this book is not very good, although the exams that came with the Sybex book were excellent, almost on par with the Transcender tests. I passed the Microsoft 70-306 exam with a score of 800.
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