Developing and Implementing Windows-Based Applications with Visual C#.Net and Visual Studio.Net: MCAD Exam 70-316 Paperback – 23 April 2003
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Exam 70-316 measures the ability to develop and implement Windows-based applications by using Windows Forms and the Microsoft .NET Framework. This exam counts as a core credit toward the new MCAD (Microsoft Certified Application Developer) certification as well as a core credit toward the MCSD .NET certification. This book is not intended to teach new material. Instead it assumes that you have a solid foundation of knowledge but can use a refresher on important concepts as well as a guide to exam topics and objectives. This book focuses exactly on what you need to pass the exam - it features test-taking strategies, time-saving study tips, and a special Cram Sheet that includes tips, acronyms, and memory joggers not available anywhere else. The series is supported online at several Web sites: examcram.com, informit.com, and cramsession.com.
The accompanying CD features PrepLogic™ Practice Tests, Preview Edition. This product includes one complete PrepLogic Practice Test with approximately the same number of questions found on the actual vendor exam. Each question contains full, detailed explanations of the correct and incorrect answers. The engine offers two study modes, Practice Test and Flash Review, full exam customization, and a detailed score report.
About the Author
Kalani Kirk Hausman (MCSE+I, MCSD, MCDBA, MCSA, MCT, CCNA, CIW-A, Security+, A+, Network+, I-Net+) has been an IT professional for more than 25 years in the roles of director, consultant, trainer, programmer, security administrator, database administrator, manager, and network administrator. He is currently working as a Lead Security Analyst and Computer Systems Manager for Texas A&M University. Mr. Hausman's studies include security, computer science, electronics technology, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and philosophy. His hobbies include designs in high-speed transportation, submersible propulsion, cosmology, interactive telepresence, technology in education, and virtual reality for use by those with disabling conditions. His current independent projects include development of a shared interactive telepresence system designed to allow remote experience of widely varying environments by students regardless of geographic location or disabling condition. He is also working on implementing a zoological wireless telepresence system that is capable of allowing remote observation of animals in both natural and human-created environments and is involved with grants relating to the leveraging of emerging technologies towards the development of improved bilingual distance education programs, along with many other ongoing projects. Kirk can be reached by email at email@example.com.
Amit Kalani is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for the Microsoft .NET platform. He is the author of MCAD/MCSD Training Guide: Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Visual C# .NET and Visual Studio .NET (Exam 70-315), MCAD/MCSD Training Guide: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Visual C# .NET and Visual Studio .NET (Exam 70-316), and MCAD/MCSD Training Guide: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft .NET Framework (Exam 70-320).
Amit has been long associated with Microsoft certifications exams. In an earlier job, he also managed a Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center (CTEC), where he closely worked with students to understand their requirements, and he guided them towards passing the certification exams. You can reach Amit at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Priti Kalani is a Microsoft Certified Application Developer (MCAD) and Microsoft Certified Solution Developer (MCSD) for Microsoft .NET. Priti has been programming with Visual Studio .NET and the .NET Framework since their early beta versions. She is a co-author of the MCAD/MCSD Training Guide (Exam 70-320): Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft .NET Framework. She has also been a technical reviewer for several popular books about the .NET Framework and related technologies. Priti welcomes your comments about the book at her email address, email@example.com.
- Publisher : Pearson IT Certification; Pap/Cdr edition (23 April 2003)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 576 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0789729024
- ISBN-13 : 978-0789729026
- Dimensions : 15.44 x 3.07 x 22.96 cm
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This is a light-weight study guide that covers only the essentials. Because of this, you don't get full treatment on a lot of subjects (such as delegates), but that's not what this book is for. If you are newer to .NET and C# then it's probably wise to get the big ol' MCAD/MCSD Exam 70-316 by Amit Kalani (one of the authors for this book).
There are ten questions at the end of each chapter to help reinforce your knowledge. There are also two test exams and a CD with a PrepLogic practice exam. In addition, there is a handy pull-out card that will help just before taking the test. There is a lot crammed into this little book!
There is only one downside that I can think of: At the end of each chapter there are 10 questions right... well that's all fine and dandy, but each question has the answer right below it, making it easy to accidently cheat. I have to use a folded piece of paper to make sure I don't accidently see the answer. This isn't a huge deal at all, but it wouldn't have taken anymore effort by the author to just throw the answers at the end of the ten questions... this is just being picky (and not really worth dinking a point... this book is still darn good).
If you found yourself needing to pass the exam in just a matter of weeks (maybe your boss is making you do it... like in my situation) then this book is perfect, especially if you already have at least a little bit of experience developing windows apps.
My recommendation for anyone studying for the 70-316 would be to gain a solid foundation through the "MCAD/MCSD Training Guide" but then once you feel comfortable with the basic features of Visual Studio and .NET, ditch the "MCAD/MCSD Training Guide" and switch over to this book. You will learn a lot faster by using this book as a general outline and making up your own examples in Visual Studio and doing your own research on the topics presented in each chapter. If you simply try to memorize everything then studying for the exam will be boring, frustrating, and difficult.
I definitely had fun once I started using this book and working through my own examples. It also helped to work backwards from the practice tests, by going back to Visual Studio and actually writing code to help understand any difficult or confusing questions. The practice tests in this book generally provide a good indication of what the real test will be like, although I found they contained fewer questions of medium difficulty than the real exam. The practice tests contained more questions that were either trivially easy or extremely difficult. On the real exam, most of the questions were of medium+ difficulty. Unlike the practice tests in this book, the real exam had very few easy questions and only a few questions that I would rank as "very difficult."
There were only a few questions in this book (maybe 1-2) that contained mistakes, but this wasn't a big problem, especially if you go back and work through the questions in Visual Studio. I did not use any of the Prep-logic tests included on the CD, but from reading other reviews, I understand that they are of dubious quality. I also didn't particularly care for the way the book displays answers directly under each question. Even if you use a piece of paper to cover the answers while you read the questions it is sometimes possible to slip and "accidentally" see the answer. Overall my complaints are minor and the book still deserves the 5 stars I am giving it.
The code examples were somewhat helpful, just for simplistic practice's sake if nothing else. I was also happy to see the discussion of the testing methodologies at the back of the book. Microsoft's testing approach has changed since I got my MCSE back in '98 and it was good to have some idea of what I might face.
Still, those two good points aren't enough to balance out the weak, shallow content. It's an OK guide if you've got access to other material; otherwise, look elsewhere.