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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-528): Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 Web-Based Client Development (Microsoft Press Training Kit)

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Key Book Benefits:

- Comprehensive study guide written by exam-certified authors - Deeper, more focused coverage of exam objectives and sub-objectives-plus instructive case studies and troubleshooting scenarios to enhance your performance on the job - 425 practice questions on CD - Test engine that enables customized testing, pre-assessment and post-assessment, and automated scoring and feedback - Complete objective-by-objective review section, plus a tear-out exam-mapping grid - Exam tips based on real-world test experience - 90-day evaluation version of Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition - 15 percent exam discount voucher from a leading authorized testing center (limited time offer) - Microsoft Encyclopedia of Networking, Second Edition, eBook - Practice files on CD - Entire study guide in searchable eBook format

About the Author

Glenn Johnson, MCTS, MCPD, MCDBA, MCSE, is a trainer, consultant, and developer specializing in Microsoft .NET technologies. He has extensive experience with large-scale development projects and has written several books and courses, including the award-winning Microsoft Training Kit for Exam 70-516.

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).

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Product Details

  • Series: Microsoft Press Training Kit
  • Hardcover: 902 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press (October 25, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735623341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735623347
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,202,277 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephanie Giovannini on December 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a good book to use for preparing for the specific exam it covers. I read it for that purpose and passed the exam on the first try. The writing is clear and the examples and practices are relevant. The typos, errors and omissions are noticeable but tolerable (somewhat expected for the first printing of this type of book). I enjoyed the writing style and especially the first few chapters that covered conceptual topics. The later chapters are a little dry--I would guess that even the author was bored by the last chapter recounting the endless minutiae of deployment and monitoring.

If you're not planning on taking this exam--get a different book. There are no tips and tricks, no in-depth coverage of how to accomplish real-world tasks, no hand-holding for novices, and a whole lot of extra chapters covering what is likely miscellany to most developers. The book is exactly what it purports to be: a training kit for the purpose of passing this particular exam.
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I did pass the exam in the first attempt after one month of preparation.
This is a good reference book to start preparing for the exam.

But it is not good enough to pass the exam. You will need to do lot of
reading online. Take the practice tests provided on the CD. Go through /
read / understand the MSDN links provided on the CD under the learning
plan tab (which is displayed after you take the test).

After all these things what is most important is your experience in this
field and that if you can think the Microsoft Way?

Long story short - Can I just read this book and pass the exam - NO!
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I'm only up to chapter 4, but I've already learned more about ASP.NET from this book than I ever did from MSDN tutorials. It's well-written, and has reasonably good code with plenty of room for improvement by a practical programmer who is looking to practice his design skills.

It's cheaper than taking a class (and goes into MUCH more detail than any programming class I've ever been in), more thorough than either MSDN tutorials or webcasts, and seems comprehensive enough... I suspect that a reasonably intelligent entry/mid-level person with .Net skills could read this, go through every example, and come out very well informed. Maybe not ready for senior-level work, but a better programmer for making the effort, whether they take the test or not.
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I think the book covered the content well with plenty of code samples. The text is easy to read. I didn't do the labs and just reviewed the text in detail. I noticed some errors, typos, and editing problems, but it seemed to be fewer than other study guides I have used.

The review questions at the end of each section were excessively easy and did not provide good preparation for the actual exam.

The simulated exam was quite difficult and I failed it with 67% (out of 80% needed to pass). I decided to take the actual exam anyways. It was substantially more difficult than the simulated exam. The actual exam went into some extreme detail on many of the esoteric subjects, and I found myself guessing on many questions. I thought surely I would fail, but it passed me.

So, I recommend this book as a study guide. It's best to combine this guide with some serious on-the-jobs experience. Otherwise, I think it will be difficult to pass the exam.
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I've struggled to form an opinion on this book, but reading the other reviews has made things clearer for me. I feel that the reviewer who gave it two stars was being overly harsh... although I do agree with some of his/her points.

The book is of no real use to anyone not writing the exam - it does not focus on giving you the kind of knowledge you need to write "real world" web applications, but rather on covering the exam objectives, as laid down by Microsoft. It does a pretty good job of covering those objectives though. I have not written the exam yet (and that of course is the real test of the book's worth), but I thought some of the sections were a bit superficial. This annoyed me at first, but realistically speaking the book would need to be 5000+ pages long to cover these many objectives with any sort of depth. You could write a 1000 page book on ADO.net and still have to leave information out, for example.

The book gives you a pretty good overall understanding of the concepts involved in each exam objective, and the labs are great at reinforcing those concepts. The authors have done a good job, but I would have liked more depth on some of the chapters. I believe it's necessary to supplement this book by using Google to get indepth knowledge of some of the topics... but then anyone who actually wants to master his/her subject matter would be doing this anyway. One book, no matter how good, can never deliver mastery of something as "big" as ASP.net.

There are some typos and mistakes, but not enough to be a problem if you are paying attention. My biggest gripe with the book (and the major reason for only 4 stars) is not actually with the book itself, but rather the test questions on the CD.
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