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MCSD Self-Paced Training Kit: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft® .NET Solution Architectures, Exam 70-300: Analyzing Requirements and ... Exam 70-300 (Pro-Certification) Hardcover – April 30, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0735618947 ISBN-10: 0735618941

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Product Details

  • Series: Pro-Certification
  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (April 30, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735618941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735618947
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 1.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,118,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I would second the recommendations of the exam cram book.
J. Turner
This book's content is about 95% Microsoft Solutions Framework (MSF), though the exam, which I wrote and passed, is about 5% MSF.
Graham F
If you need to prepare for this exam, don't waste your time and money on this toilet paper.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By vbguy on August 7, 2003
Format: Hardcover
Having recently taken this test, I will confirm two two things stated by other reviewers without hesitation. First, the Exam Cram book is much more pertinent to the actual exam. Secondly, this book gives you no guidance with regard to the format of the exam. The sample test bears no similarity whatsoever to the case-study structure of the test while the book barely mentions case studies and offers no suggestions as to how to deal with them.
It's fairly pathetic that a third-party publisher, with evidently no inside information re the content and development of the test, can create a better study guide than Microsoft itself. It really makes me wonder about the whole certification game. Does Microsoft really want to develop a pool of informed IT professionals who can more effectively deploy their technologies within client enterpriese? Or do they just want to nickle-and-dime people on books, exam fees, and course tuitions?
A huge portion of the book is dedicated to the "Microsoft Solutions Framework" (not to be confused with the .NET Framework). Personally, I felt the MSF seemed like a reasonable project management methodology, if only because it seems quite flexible. But the exam had abosolutely no questions regarding the details of project phases, roles, milestones, etc. that constitutes the bulk of the book's content.
I'm really glad that I did not devote very much time to various exercises in the book that deal with creating UML diagrams and other project artifacts. Not only was it just too tedious and boring, but there was nothing on the exam that all that excruciating detail would have helped me with.
There were no questions on UML (despite the fact that the book recommends you read two other books on UML). There was one question on ORM.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By J. Turner on November 8, 2003
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Microsoft has a hard earned reputation of producing verbose self-paced training books that only partially cover the exam objectives. True to form, Microsoft has written a mediocre book that will not adequately prepare you for the new exam (70-300).
Unlike the previous book, which was pathetic and laughable, this one is merely mediocre. Gone are the fictional character dialog, bad jokes, full page meeting agendas, and concerns about late employees. This book covers, in depth, MSF. Other exam objectives are basically ignored or given little coverage.
Included is a CDROM with solutions documents in the form of excel spreadsheets, word documents (specifications), and visio charts. Basically, you walk away with word and excel files you can adapt for your own use. Unfortunately, the samples and documents are only a subset of the MSF templates you can download from Microsoft's website.
Still, the book tries to explain the MSF architecture approach, which makes use of UML, specifications, interviews, memos, and group hugs (MSF Team Model). As a result, much of the coverage is how to produce project documents and artifacts.
I would second the recommendations of the exam cram book.
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28 of 31 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 27, 2003
Format: Hardcover
This book presents a very luxurious and impractical software development methodology. No software project, no matter how large, could possibly follow their advice with any degree of fidelity. The book is very fluffy, repetitive, and inefficient, and it says almost nothing about .NET. It is basically a feel-good grab bag of techniques. Don't spend [money]on this book.
The book had very little connection to the actual exam. The exam was a set of scenarios with questions afterward. The questions weren't that difficult, but many of the scenarios were too fuzzy, or the questions had fuzzy answers, with a "choose all that apply" format. This was not an objective test. Passing is largely a matter of luck. The predecessor to this exam (70-100) was much more objective.
And of course, Microsoft doesn't tell you your score at the end, only whether you pass, so you don't know how much more studying you have to do for next time. ...
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 25, 2003
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This book describes the Microsoft Solutions Framework [MSF]. MSF is a non-code-artifact-heavy application of the waterfall model, with the proviso that a computer-based solution is expected to be deployed, one hopes with improvements, repeatedly during its service lifetime. Essentially MSF is just one waterfall after another. MSF reminds me of Accenture's ponderous development process, something I've seen up close and personal (and that I admire for its single-minded emphasis on obtaining funding commitments from clients before doing anything whatsoever).
Having just failed the 70-300 exam I have a bad attitude about this book, purchased specifically to prepare for the exam. I read it cover-to-cover, wading through the review questions in detail, and can tell you from experience that this book contributes almost nothing to one's preparation for 70-300.
If all you want is a long-winded discussion of MSF, with now and then a useful nugget of information, this is the book for you. The book gives the impression of having been designed by a committee who took concepts and practices from many published methodologies and duct-taped them together to create the MSF.
If your goal is passing the exam, look elsewhere.
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