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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-562): Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 ASP.NET Application Development (Pro - Certification) Hardcover – Bargain Price, April 15, 2009

ISBN-13: 860-1419199754 ISBN-10: 073562562X Edition: 1 Har/Com

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Product Details

  • Series: Pro - Certification
  • Hardcover: 1076 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 Har/Com edition (April 15, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 073562562X
  • ASIN: B005SN5JGO
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 2.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,000,756 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

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.

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.

Glenn Johnson is a trainer and writer focusing on ASP.NET, ADO.NET, C#, and .NET internals. He is author of Programming Microsoft® ADO.NET 2.0 Applications: Advanced Topics.

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Austin C# on August 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Well, I just took and passed the 70-562 exam. This book was my only written source for the exam. I also looked up things on MSDN once in a while. I found the book to be very well organized and informative, and will keep it as a handy reference on .NET Framework 3.5. I read the entire book and completed most of the exercises and answered all the questions at the end, though I didn't complete the suggested practices. If I had, I would have never finished the book.

As far as the test is concerned, if you use this book and nothing else, I can almost guarantee you will not pass the test. A lot of the questions on the test are mostly related to remembering which XML configuration tags to use for specific situations. The questions at the end of the chapters on this book are good but will not help you on the test. I honestly don't know why the authors do that, but I digress... My suggestion is that you supplement this book with Transcender or MeasureUp. I used Transcender and some of the questions on the test were similar to the questions on Transcender, but not many. I didn't use MeasureUp so I can't comment on how effective it is. I had previously taken and passed the 70-536 exam and Transcender was of great help, that amount of help did not apply to exam 70-562.

70-562 is way harder than 70-536. The former had 50 questions, whereas the latter only 40. They give you 3 and a half hours to complete the 70-562 test so that should give you some idea.

I wish you good luck because you are going to need it.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By MS Cert on June 3, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I read the book for exam 70-528 first, which is for ASP.NET 2.0. It is nicely written and I am pretty happy about it. This new book for exam 70-562 rearranged some chapters and reformatted the text in addition to adding AJAX and LINQ. In the new book headings, the property names are all upper cases, which are really hard to read. For example, RowStateFilter property is displayed as ROWSTATEFILTER. Also, some examples in early chapters uses the GridView control, which is not covered until Chapter 8. I feel that the key points of each topic could have been better organized.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Scooby Down Under on December 6, 2009
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This book provides a good foundation to take the exam, but I would strongly recommend that you use this book (and its CD with practice exams) in conjunction with other practice tests (such as Measure Up).

There are a number of 'holes' in the book that come to light whilst going through practice exams, but these are easily filled via google/MSDN.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mcmahon Jr. on January 12, 2010
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I found this book was another excellent exam preparation publication from Microsoft Press. This book provides not only more than enough material to pass the actual exam, but the 900+ pages make it a very suitable tool for self defense. ;-)

The number of topics covered are quite broad. Most notably, large portions of the book are dedicated to data sources (e.g. LINQ, XML, SQL, etc.) and their proper use. If you have already read up on ADO.NET, these chapters are a brief summary, but a satisfactory refresher. Web services are also covered reasonably well, mostly from a consuming-client perspective. The remainder of the book covers nearly all topics addressed in the exam objectives in adequate detail. I found that this book alone prepared me well for the test.

As far as error content, there were surprisingly few occurrences. The most notable issue I had was a typo indicating seconds instead of milliseconds. When reading the book, remember that most ASP.NET configuration settings are measured in seconds; AJAX and other client settings are measured in milliseconds.

Overall, I very much enjoyed the book. The accompanying practice tests were, as usual, a little different from the book content, but only slightly. The result of this difference is a little extra reading from the MSDN library, which improves your knowledge for the exam quite nicely. If you don't know why an answer is marked as correct, read-up on it.

I highly recommend this book for anybody who would like to pass the 70-562 exam.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Dennis Piepel on January 15, 2011
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Although this book covers the main topics for exam 70-562, it fails miserably in providing adequate, in-depth code examples of the kind needed to actually pass the exam.
The book could do with less wordiness and include more actual examples of code and showing examples of different methods to achieve the objectives of the book.
The test questions are nowhere near close to the actual test questions. The test questions from the book cover basic concepts, whereas the actual test questions are MUCH more code intensive; requiring you to understand not only the concepts but the intricate details of implementing those concepts.
You would be much better served by purchasing one of the exam prep packages sold by companies like Self-Test software combined with studing examples from MSDN if you really want help passing this exam.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carrie Staiger on February 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
I took a bootcamp class at CED Solutions a few weeks ago and we went through this entire book (doing most of the labs too). I found this book to contain everything I needed to pass the test. There is not a thorough tech bible for your day to day programming needs (just use google!), but you get what you need to pass the tests and get your certification.
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