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MCPD Self-Paced Training Kit (Exams 70-536, 70-528, 70-547): Microsoft® .NET Framework Web Developer Core Requirements: Microsoft .Net Framework Web ... Requirements (Microsoft Press Training Kit) [Paperback]

Tony Northrup , Shawn Wildermuth , Glenn Johnson , Brian C. Lanham
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February 8, 2007 0735623767 978-0735623767 1

Ace your preparation for the skills measured by three required MCPD: Web Developer exams—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce what you’ve learned by applying your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and labs.


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.

Maximize your exam performance with preparation for:

EXAM 70-536 Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation

  • Use types, collections, generics, and regular expressions to manage data
  • Develop services, application domains, and multithreaded applications
  • Implement code access and role-based security, and data encryption
  • Work with serialization and reflection techniques
  • Instrument applications with logging and tracing
  • Interact with legacy code using COM Interop and PInvoke

EXAM 70-528 Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Web-Based Client Development

  • Create, trace, configure, and deploy Web applications
  • Integrate data into your application using Microsoft ADO.NET, XML, and data-bound controls
  • Implement forms authentication, impersonation, and login controls
  • Configure user controls and create custom Web controls
  • Use themes, user profiles, and Web parts for customizable, personalized Web sites
  • Manage server-side and client-side application state

EXAM 70-547 Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework

  • Evaluate Web application requirements and build a validation prototype
  • Use style sheets, master pages, Web parts, and user controls for a consistent UI
  • Design, develop, and implement application components
  • Develop mechanisms for data access, exception handing, event logging, and application feedback
  • Define, assess, and implement a testing strategy
  • Validate a deployment plan and analyze performance to determine readiness

Your all-in-one kit includes:

  • Official self-paced study guides for three required exams.
  • Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
  • 1200+ practice and review questions.
  • Case scenarios and lab exercises.
  • Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C# code samples on CD.
  • 15% exam discount from Microsoft; good for three exams. (Limited time offer). Voucher inside.
  • 90-day evaluation version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition.
  • Fully searchable eBooks for all three guides.

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Key Book Benefits:

-Excellent value: three official study guides--covering the core requirements for MCPD: Web Developer--all in one box
-Comprehensive exam prep study guide written by exam-certified authors
-In-depth coverage of exam objectives and sub-objectives--plus instructive case studies and troubleshooting scenarios to enhance your performance on the job
-900+ practice and review questions
-Test engine that enables customized testing, pre-assessment and post-assessment, and automated scoring and feedback
-Complete objective-by-objective review section, plus a handy exam-mapping grid
-Code samples on CD
-90-day evaluation version of Visual Studio 2005 Professional
-15 percent exam discount voucher from Microsoft (limited-time offer)
-Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, Second Edition, eBook
-Entire study guide in searchable eBook format

About the Author

Tony Northrup, MCTS, MCSE, CISP, MVP, is a networking consultant and author who's written several Sefl-Paced Training Kits. He is the co-author of Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP).

I am a Microsoft C# MVP and the founder of Wildermuth Consulting Services, LLC, a company that is dedicated to delivering software and training solutions in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I am also a speaker on the INEA Speaker's Bureau and have appeared at several national conferences to speak on a variety of subjects. I am the author of the book "Pragmatic ADO.NET", the upcoming "Prescriptive Data Architectures", both for Addison-Wesley as well as co-author of several certification books for Microsoft Press. I have been writing articles for a number of years for a variety of magazines and websites, including MSDN, MSDN Online, DevSource, The ServerSide .NET, and Intel's Rich Client Series. I have enjoyed building data-driven software for more than twenty years.

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.

Brian C. Lanham specializes in developing Windows and Web based applications using the .NET Framework.

Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Paperback: 2752 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (February 8, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623767
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623767
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 7.9 x 9.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,176,328 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring book, but what else are you going to get? October 5, 2007
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Unfortunately, there really isn't much material out there that covers the MCPD certifications. In fact, based on my brief search, this was the only book that covered it. So it was either get this book or just go off the list of material posted on the Microsoft website. The book does provide three 15% off vouchers and a program of test questions. And for that, it gets the +2 stars.

After that, the material is pretty weak. It's written as-is (kinda ben stein-ish) and the code is confusing to read. I often times have to look at the MSDN equivalent material to get a better understanding of what the author was really trying to say and/or code. But again, what are you going to do? The list that microsoft presents on their certifications page is too vague, you need direction.

You're going to definately need more material to look through outside of what's in the book, but it's a good place to build from. So far I have just taken 1 out of the 3 tests, but I passed on my first time. If you were to use the book as a guide, shouldn't be a problem to do the same.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All you need to pass the MCPD Web Developer June 21, 2008
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I am an experienced developer, and used this set to pass the MCPD Web. It should be all anyone really needs.

Everyone is different, by my recommendation is to use the books only for reference. Take the tests on the disk. Then for the questions you get wrong or find yourself guessing - look up the topic. Study for your weaknesses, otherwise anyone with experience working with this stuff is going to be rehashing everything they already know.

I read people complain about how the books don't cover everything, and am at a loss to know what they could be talking about. If you know everything contained in the books or even possess about 85% of that knowledge, then there really is no way you can fail the tests.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Accomplishes Its Goal May 23, 2009
Let me first say I have given this book a 5 star review because, in spite of its slightly detractive reception, it does what its meant to do and that is prepare you for the 3 exams that lead to an MCPD Web Developer designation.

If you are buying this book to prepare for, and pass, the MCPD exams (3) for web development, then you will not be let down. I have just completed the first of the three exams and passed with no problems at all.

How it helped me as a new developer:
Being a relatively new developer (2 years), I found the 70-536 book to be a great resource as I stumbled through my first .NET applications. When faced with challenges before I had read the book I would google around for answers not knowing what exactly I was looking for. After I had read through the entire book just once my searching was significantly shortened as I would recall reading about x or y in the book and would pull up the ebook and browse my way to the topic I needed. I could then use the code samples as a 'framework' for how to structure my code to accomplish what I wanted.

How I used this material to pass the first exam:
I read the book once and then began taking the practice exams until I was consistently scoring 80 - 90%. At that point, make note of which questions you're still getting wrong and review that section in the book or print out just the answers to those questions and study them. Then, go back and take the practice tests and see how your score improves.

If you're not an expert in .NET development already, you stand to learn plenty from this book set. You also have all the material you need to take and pass the exams so long as you study hard and take the practice tests.

The book does have its faults. Typos and such.
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Good test prep, but otherwise sparse content September 20, 2007
Reading these books, I find them to be good resources for preparing for the exams, but I know that they will not become the trusted dog-eared references that I would have hoped them to be. Useful content is sparse; a lot of text seems to be wrapped up in the presentation of the material and it leaves it a little verbose. Furthermore, the books are badly edited and I find myself distracted by the flagrant mistakes that one can find every couple of pages. The mistakes do not seem to be so bad, however, that one cannot easily discover the error and compensate; they are also seldom technical in origin, though the (more often) grammatical mistakes or the (occasional) omitted negation *could* lead one to misconstrue the meaning of a particular passage.

I have been exceptionally upset on the occasion when I discovered an obvious case of text pasted from another section of the book that had not been properly modified for the new context, and so, badly referred to the old context. This is just careless.

Aside from this, the material is otherwise very clear and very simply put.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars helpful for MS exams October 11, 2007
Very helpful for taking Microsoft exam. I have passed successfully due to these books. But experience is still necessary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not good certification books November 11, 2008
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I bought the 3 pack of books. I knew each book inside and out, could ace their practice exams. These are NOT good certification books. Most of the questions on the exam are not covered in these books. Maybe it is deliberate that Microsoft wants experience to be how you know the answers because you certainly will be ill prepared if you rely on the contents of these Microsoft Press books to test how prepared you are. I did pass 528 and 536 and I'd say maybe 5 or 6 questions between the two books were related to the reading material and the rest were just things I already knew. The 528 book was probably the best of the 3 with 537 being pretty weak and 547 being horribly inadequate.
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