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Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-505) Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Forms Application Development (MCTS) (Microsoft Press Training Kit) Paperback – March 7, 2009

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Matthew A. Stoecker, MCP, has written numerous books and articles on Microsoft Visual Basic, Visual C#(R), Windows Forms, and Windows Presentation Foundation, including the Self-Paced Training Kits for Exams 70-502, 70-306, and 70-316.

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Paperback: 816 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 7, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626375
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626379
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 1.6 x 9.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #949,384 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mark Price on April 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
If you have little or no existing experience with Windows Forms and want to pass the exam, this is a good place to start learning.

But if you already have experience with Windows Forms, you might be disappointed...

This is effectively a second edition of the book that covered the Windows Forms 2.0 exam (70-526). It seems as though 95% of the content is identical, so I do *not* recommend buying this edition if you already have the 2.0 book.

The authors have only added content for two new topics: 24 pages on LINQ and 3 pages on hosting a WPF control by using ElementHost. But they have missed out some important deployment-related topics that appear on the exam:

1) Install a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) browser application by using ClickOnce
2) Install a Visual Studio Tools for Office (VSTO) application by using ClickOnce
3) Configure and work with Windows Vista User Account Control (UAC) by using ClickOnce deployments
4) Set appropriate security permissions to deploy the application. This objective may include but is not limited to: elevated permissions
5) Configure Trusted Application deployments
6) Configure security features in an application. This objective may include but is not limited to: Configure code access security, configure the application to work with UAC, configure Windows manipulation permissions, configure appropriate file access permissions for the application, control printing security for the application

So if you have the previous book or you're already experienced with Windows Forms 2.0 then you're better off simply reading Microsoft's free MSDN site. In particular, read the topic titled "What's New in Windows Forms for the .NET Framework 3.5" in combination with Microsoft's official preparation guide for the exam. I wish the authors had!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PH Bible Student on April 1, 2009
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Along with the other two MS Training Kits I have used (Exam 70-536, 70-502) this book (and the included practice exams) was sufficient to help me pass on the first try. As far as the MS Certification system is concerned, passing any single exam is not going to make you an expert, not going to grant you any inordinate respect among your peers. Nevertheless, there seems to be a cumulative effect, such that the total understanding I have gained as a result of the three exams I have passed thus far is greater than the sum of the three exams considered individually. As someone moving from the Linux world into the MS world, I feel these training kits have been indispensible in helping me with the transition.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mike on July 24, 2009
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I bought this book in hopes of getting a solid understanding of Winforms 3.5. Unfortunately, this book is mostly step-by-step tutorials which really slows down the knowledge transfer (and makes for a large book). I have to go through a 4 page tutorial just to find the 10 lines of relevant code that will be on the test. It would have been better if the relevant code snippets where extracted and explained and the remainder was removed.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael J. Mcmahon Jr. on June 4, 2009
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This book is an excellent high-level review / introduction (depending on your experience) of Windows Forms Application development under the .NET Framework 3.5. The topics covered are vast and reasonably detailed, and I felt that it accurately reflected the exam and its requirements. Combined with the training exam to prompt some additional research, the entire kit is very well-rounded.

The book itself has very few typos and no grammatical errors that come to mind. All but one or two examples are completely correct, without any misleading information. Each chapter covers a related set of topics in fair detail - the first half of the book is more of a blitz review of all the controls and events, whereas the remainder covers most details and intricacies quite well. The only topics I felt could have used more coverage were LINQ, WPF (and deployments), and permissions (at least a review of them). While these are each major topics in other books (LINQ in ADO.NET and WPF & security & deployments in WPF), at least a minor review would have been helpful in sorting out some of the details and making things clearer.

Aside from those minor points - which were taken care of with a quick review of some permissions online - the book text is sufficient to pass the exam. The coverage of DataSets may seem cursory, but such detailed functionality is a topic more suited to ADO.NET, not this exam. Again, the coverage suits the exam. The permissions issues tend to revolve around installation and UAC (in Vista) issues that aren't covered or explained thoroughly. Printer permissions are covered quite well, but most others and the tools involved are not and could use more coverage; if the security models from the 70-536 exam are still in your mind, you'll be fine.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ClevelandDev on March 2, 2011
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This edition of the Self-Paced Training Kit for Windows Forms 3.5 is not a comprehensive or as well written as the ones for some of the other .NET 3.5 certification exams. After taking the exam, there seems to be important topics just totally skipped in this book and in other parts, it jumps straight to a step-by-step example with no text to go into the depth of the topic that you would need to answer the questions on the certification exam. The Windows Controls and Windows Controls Deployment topics were especially bad, with the usability topic area coming up right behind those two. I have used the Self-Paced Training Kit for every other .NET 3.5 exam and it has worked well to prepare me for the certification exam. This one unfortunately did not. Too bad at the current sale price, the practice questions and discount certificate probably make the purchase worthwhile on their own, so the publisher won't get the proper feedback from reduced sales volume that the poor quality of this book deserves. Note: Since the Kindle edition doesn't include the practice tests or the discount certificate, while the CD (or DVD I forget which) included with this book contains a digital copy, I would not recommend the Kindle version at all.
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