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November 19, 2008 0735626197 978-0735626195 2nd Updated, Revised ed.

Your 2-in-1 Self-Paced Training Kit. Fully updated and revised! Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCTS Exam 70-536—and on the job. With this official Microsoft study guide, you’ll work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then reinforce and apply what you’ve learned through real-world case scenarios and practice exercises.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:

  • Develop applications that use system types and collections
  • Validate input, reformat text, and extract data with regular expressions
  • Create services and multi-threaded applications
  • Implement code-access security and role-based security
  • Implement serialization to read and write complex objects
  • Leverage legacy code using interoperability
  • Monitor and troubleshoot applications
  • Create applications for a global audience

Practice Tests assess your skills with practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers?including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

Your kit includes:

  • 15% exam discount from Microsoft. Offer expires 12/31/13.
  • Official self-paced study guide.
  • Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
  • 300+ practice and review questions.
  • Code samples in Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C# on CD.
  • Case scenarios, exercises, and best practices.
  • 90-day evaluation of Microsoft Visual Studio Professional 2008.
  • Fully searchable eBook of this guide.

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About the Author

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.

Product Details

  • Hardcover: 794 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2nd Updated, Revised ed. edition (November 19, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626195
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #927,782 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
Overall, if you're considering taking the 70-536 exam, I recommend getting this book (not that there are a lot of alternatives). It may contain a few errors (honestly, I don't recall anything significant, right off hand), but the 2nd edition definitely alleviates at least most of the scores of pages of errors found in the first edition. Don't get the cheaper old edition: it's worth it to pay for the updated version, if only to avoid having to go through the 50+ pages of errata with the first edition.

This book does not cover everything in the same depth as the test, so if this is your only study tool, don't expect to feel completely comfortable when taking the exam or expect to "ace" it. As other posters have stated, you will need to do some of your own research if getting every question right is your goal. However, using ONLY this book as a study tool you CAN pass. Passing was my goal, and to that effect, this book accomplished its purpose effectively.

The tests provided on the CD did not seem much easier than the questions on the exam. Others may have had a different experience, but that was mine. I did notice that I "memorized" the answers rather quickly, and am glad I saved the tests on the CD until after I had already worked through the book, and could still use them to help polish my knowledge.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book but not enough December 23, 2008
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I read this book from front-to-back and performed a lot of the exercises. For the most part, I've found errors in the answer keys within the end of chapter questionnaires and some of the coding examples given. While an error is acceptable to a certain degree, it is somehow unforgivable when it comes to studying for an exam since you need the absolute answer for everything. A book can potentially lose its credibility once a reader finds inconsistencies within its context. It's a battle but experience can play a big role in determining the best solution, even in the exam.

I may also add that the sample questions given in the book and CD are way easier than that of the real exam. It doesn't even compare. I passed it but I had to find some other way means of reading up some details/references that the book lacks. Reading this book is only half the battle. I honestly can say that this is a good starting point since it covers the basic and fundamentals of various subjects. Since the exam covers much more in-depth for each subjects, you'll find yourself looking somewhere else in addition to what you've learned from this book. I end up going to MSDN a lot just to look up a topic and find out more about it.

To sum it up, get this book as a starting point to get you on the right track then research the topics and learn the little details on your own.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft® .NET Framework Application Development Foundation, Second edition
I basically used this book as my only printed resourse for taking the Application Development Foundation (70-536) test. There are NO other alternative books that I know of.

This second edition of the book still has some errors in it. I attempted to read the first edition and found the number of erros appalling and distracting. I considered finding the errors on the second edition part of my training for the test. I also looked up topics that the book didn't cover on MSDN. The tests at the end of the chapters are in no way similar to the actual questions on the test but they still help in testing and consolidating your knowledge and undertanding of the topics.

As the time to take the test approached, I bought the pratice test from Transcender and found the questions it contained to be very similar to the questions on the actual test. I actually passed the test with a very high score. Getting a Transcender practice test actually gives you a better perspective of the types of questions you will encounter on the test and helps you fill in any gaps the book may have.

Good luck on the test.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I Used This Book To Pass The 70-536 Exam. December 2, 2009
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I passed on my first try using this book as my main resource. This is how:

1) I read the "70-536 Training Kit" cover to cover. I worked all the labs. I answered all the sample questions. Any subject that I was not familiar with, e.g., COM interoperability, I got a book on that subject and read the first few chapters so I had a good background on the subject. (The MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit is not a primer! It does not baby step you through the basics of VB .NET or C#, nor any of the APIs.) Fortunately, I have a subscription to one of the several online technical book libraries. So, getting my hands on books was easy & cheap. I would recommend doing the same.

2) I re-read the book cover to cover. This time I only spent time studying the lab code that I previously completed. I worked the sample questions again.

3) The weekend prior to the exam, I reviewed all of the text I highlighted and again studied the lab code. (I know, I'm old fashioned. I actually bought a hard copy of this book and used a high lighter.)

I was taken by surprise at how focused the exam was on testing the minutia of the APIs. The MCTS Self -Paced Training Kit did a really good job of providing coverage of the significant APIs to know to pass the exam. I believe I could have done a lot better on the exam if I had spent more time rote memorizing the examples in the book. (Like punishment at school, write the code snippets 100 times each. A dry erase board would come in handy. But not required!)

The sample questions were easier than the real exam. So, I would highly recommend getting one of the practice tests listed on the Microsoft site, "MeasureUp" or "Self Test Software".

I don't know what the big deal about errata is. There were only a couple of times that I got annoyed. But, the online errata page resolved that.

Good luck!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great for .NET newbies
As an experienced developer who was new to .NET, this gave me a good foundation in doing practical work on the platform.
Published 2 months ago by Kulero
5.0 out of 5 stars Informative
It's very helpful with my studies. Tutorials are very helpful and very informative. I hope I can pass the exam. I highly recommend this product.
Published 16 months ago by Angel Salazar
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book of lessons in learning .Net
This is an easy-to-read, very thorough book on learning your way around the .Net framework. My first programming job came after a very short technical training school, so I did... Read more
Published 23 months ago by Holly Sherman
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't like this book
This book is useful only as a list of subjects, which would be on exam. You can just read the table of contents and go to MSDN, it would be the same as if you read this book.
Published on January 20, 2011 by leto
1.0 out of 5 stars Absolute joke
You'd think that by buying this training-kit you'd be fully prepared for the exam after studying. Not so. Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by Al
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many errors!
The book is a "must" for learning the material for this test. It does a good job in presenting each technology. Read more
Published on December 17, 2010 by Rick Heintz
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book, PDF is better
This book is an excellent training book to the .NET framework. However, I found myself reading the pdf version of it on my iPad mostly. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Nick
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
This book alone can't be a study material for the 70-536 exam. I don't think there's a book out there to help you pass the exam. Exam is for the experienced people in real life. Read more
Published on September 11, 2010 by AJ
3.0 out of 5 stars Breadth Not Depth
There are no other books available that provide the breadth of coverage of the .Net Framework than this book. Read more
Published on August 25, 2010 by David Richards
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