- Hardcover: 1088 pages
- Publisher: Microsoft Press; HAR/CDR edition (June 5, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735622779
- ISBN-13: 978-0735622777
- Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 2.1 x 9.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 88 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,408,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 Application Development Foundation HAR/CDR Edition
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Key Book Benefits: - Comprehensive study guide written by exam-certified authors - Deeper, more focused coverage of exam objectives and suobjectivesplus instructive case studies and troubleshooting scenarios to enhance your performance on the job - 300 practice questions on CD, wita 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
Tony Northrup, MCTS, MCSE, CISP, MVP, is a networking consultant and coauthor of Windows Server 2008 Networking and Network Access Protection (NAP).
Bill Ryan is an MVP for Windows Embedded and a frequent speaker at industry events including Microsoft Code Camps and .NET User’s Groups. GrandMasters is an IT consulting firm specializing in content development, exam development, and customized technical support.
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, ONDotNet.com and Intel's Rich Client Series. I have enjoyed building data-driven software for more than twenty years.
Top customer reviews
Ok, to be fair to the authors there are certain givens when studying for an exam. I never did expect a book that prepares for an exam to be a "quick fix" for one's own lack of knowledge. A fair degree of .NET experience is an assumption before attempting it. But what bewildered me was that in places it seemed to make relatively simple concepts seem confusing, which is the last thing one would expect. And often the specific detail likely to be encountered in an exam seemed to be almost obscured rather than emphasised.
If it wasn't for the fact that it does, I suppose, expose one to the requirements of the exam I wouldn't even contemplate bothering with the book. Something like the WROX C# 2008 book would win hands-down for actual content, though it does not necessarily cover the 70-536 criteria fully (but is a far superior and more in depth examination of most of the topics you'd need).
A plus is that the sample test questions (unlike the ones at the end of each lesson) did seem to me to be reasonably similar in difficulty to those in the actual exam. I personally used them near the end as a way to identify weaknesses, and to some extent cram.
I believe that the second edition has corrected the unbelievable morass of errata, but to me there was a bit more wrong with this book than that. It just isn't well written.
To summarize, I found it difficult to rate this book. It's the book I reluctantly admit helped me pass the exam in the absence of anything else similar.
About me: 15 years in the IT industry. 12 of those in Microsoft technology. Master's degree in Computer Science.
While definitely a thick book, the content is extremely detailed. Though keep in mind that there are many ways to reach any given end or effect - the various authors programming / example styles expose the reader to a few ways to expressing the same result, which is quite beneficial.
In terms of organization, this book is very good, especially considering that multiple authors were involved. The only chapter that merits additional scrutiny is the security chapter, which helps throughout the book, as security considerations are sprinkled throughout.
In summary, with a moderate amount of experience with .NET (2.0+), this book is an excellent primer for the test and provides the requisite understanding of the framework to prepare one for the exam. The only caveat I found was that for people with .NET 3.0 or 3.5+ experience, some of the methods may be a slight bit different due to minor changes between 2.0 and 3.5.
The book was poorly edited and had mistakes that which stated certain "facts" that turned out to be outright wrong. The book itself barely gets you going for the material you'll need to know. I admit that the 302 test questions were helpful, though. When you start taking some of those sample tests, you'll realize how quickly the book material was lacking. The Transcender really helped cover a lot of other ground that this book didn't. Oddly enough, the test still pulled some punches on material that was covered in neither, unless you plan to go very deep on every topic which is next to impossible.
This book might be the only reasonable paper resource out there, especially with the test questions, so just be forewarned....be careful...and you'll have to study deeper than you might expect in various areas.