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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-515): Web Applications Development with Microsoft® .NET Framework 4 (Microsoft Press Training Kit) Paperback – December 23, 2010

ISBN-13: 978-0735627406 ISBN-10: 0735627401 Edition: 1st

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About the Author

Tony Northrup, MCTS, MCSE, CISSP, Microsoft MVP, has written several SELF-PACED TRAINING KITS and coauthored WINDOWS SERVER 2008 NETWORKING AND NETWORK ACCESS PROTECTION.

Mike Snell, MCPD, MCSD, is a Microsoft Regional Director with 20 years of software development and consulting experience. He has written several books on Visual Studio and .NET.

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Paperback: 1008 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (December 23, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735627401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735627406
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.6 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #456,080 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

The breadth and depth of topics is adequately covered in the book.
J. Balderas
This book does not adequately prepare you for the MCTS Certification Exam and lacks coverage of all material.
justdan23
There are no practice tests included with the Kindle version of this product.
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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Donald on June 29, 2011
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I just completed my study and passed the 70-515 exam today. (820/1000) I used this book along with two different practice exams. I read the book cover to cover and took notes. I was cursing at the test screen today as I felt there were several questions that just were not fair but I guess I pulled it out. Anyway, as far as the book goes it DOES cover A LOT of what is on the exam and it really is the only self study guide I can see on the market. I have been using ASP.Net since it was in beta back in 2001 but not on a daily basis.

I would warn everyone that the MVC section of the test seemed to be at least 30% or so of the questions and many of the questions where things simply not covered in this book. Also I would find some other guides for JQuery - particuarly about the $ajax/JSON type calls. There were alot of Ajax/WCF client scripting questions in general too and those on User/Web controls.

The Microsoft exam covers such a huge scope of material that any one book (even at 1,000 pages) isn't going to cover it all. But this book really is a great basis for study. I also recommend doing the practice excercises - especially those on the Web Controls, MVC and DataSources.

The book did a great job on two areas in particular - Web/User controls (espcially templated ones) and also on the DataSource objects that you can drop into pages. Also the book's explanation of the Linq queries was very good.

I didn't use the practice exam that came with the book so I can't comment on it. Further, the questions in each chapter of the book are definitely useful but nothing like those on the exam.

All in all I would say this book covers 70% of the exam, 20% is going to come from extra study on MVC/JQuery/Ajax and the other 10% is a complete mystery to me.
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41 of 45 people found the following review helpful By justdan23 on April 25, 2011
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When I first got this book, I believed it was a good resource because it was published by Microsoft Press and was likely being reviewed my Microsoft to be accurate as a 'Training Kit' for their MCTS Certification Exam.

After reading the book, I am disappointed in Microsoft Press. This book is not properly aligned with the creators of the MCTS Exam Questions to ensure it is a true Self-Study Guide covering all required material to help with passing the Exam.

This book does not adequately prepare you for the MCTS Certification Exam and lacks coverage of all material. As another has mentioned in a review of this book, the book does not cover all content required and includes chapters of material not on the exam (like the AJAX .NET Toolkit). One example of required material that is missing is the 'QueryExtender' that is not even mentioned. jQuery material is also minimal for what is required.

I'm posting this review in hope to provide feedback to Microsoft to help improve their Training Kits for future exams.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mcmahon Jr. on January 9, 2011
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Having completed the Microsoft ASP.NET exam for .NET 3.5, I was eagerly awaiting the release of this book so that I could take the latest version of the exam. I was pleased to find that I could read this book (either via the Kindle edition, the PDF that comes with the book, or via the O'Reilly download) on my Kindle. Bear in mind, however, that the supplemental content that you can download from O'Reilly or Amazon (via O'Reilly) doe snot contain the practice exams. Those exams are only available withthe printed version on the CD - at least, as of the writing of this review.

This revision of the book is phenomenal. Looking back on the prior edition for the .NET 3.5 ASP.NET certification exam, I recall feeling that the book left me prepared, but not completely. With that version, I recall several questions that left me guessing the correct answer and wondering why I'd not seen any reference to the topics in the book. In this revision, all those areas missing in the prior edition are addressed very specifically. Moreover, there was only one question on the exam that made me feel a topic area was not addressed - a significant improvement, though this is probably largely the result of the new topics added to this exam.

In terms of content, this study guide hits every entry on the exam checklist in quite a bit of detail. The organization makes a reat deal of sense, with entries organized by topic, not simply control type or frequent use. There are minimal forward references (a drastic improvement over some of the books from the .NET 3.5 study guide series), providing a complete understanding of each topic in one section. One point I will make is that the information density of the text and examples is quite high.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Paul Gehrman on May 11, 2011
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This book has extensive coverage of ASP.NET 4, and the content it has is quite good. Unfortunately, there are some holes relative to the exam content: QueryExtender control, jquery.ajaxError(), advanced LINQ syntax (the books cover LINQ pretty well, but the syntax you have to understand for the exam is significantly more advanced, for example, make sure you understand lamdba expressions), Entity Framework (the book does a good job with the basics, but the exam requires a significantly higher level of understanding), jQuery syntax (exams requires substantial understanding of jQuery minutiae). I was also surprised by the detail of some of the questions about configuration, settings that normally you wouldn't touch or pay any attention to. Pay attention to that in your studies. Finally, make sure you understand MVC2.

All in all, it's hard to fault the authors too much, since the potential scope of the exam questions is truly massive. Having said that, I would certainly not rely on this book as your only source of study.

Paul Gehrman, Author, Kaleidoscope
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