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MCAD/MCSD Visual Basic(r) .NET(tm) Windows(r) Applications Study Guide (Exam 70-306) [Paperback]

David Panagrosso , Lyle Bryant , Larry Chambers , Kenneth S. Lind
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Book Description

Sept. 13 2002 0072125837 978-0072125832 1
The only classroom-based training and self-assessment system! Osborne's MCAD/MCSD Visual Basic .NET Windows Applications Study Guide provides 100% complete coverage of all objectives for exam 70-306. Based on 300,000+ hours of IT training experience, the book contains hundreds of practice exam questions and hands-on exercises. The CD-ROM features full practice exam software with interactive tutorials and lab simulations, plus an adaptive test engine.

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The Only Certification Study System Based on 300,000+ Hours of IT Training Experience

  • 100% Complete Coverage--All official test objectives for exam 70-306 are covered in detail
  • Hands-on Exercises--Step-by-step instruction modeled after classroom labs
  • Exam Watch--Warnings based on thorough post-exam research identifying the most troublesome exam topics and how to answer them correctly
  • Three Types of Practice Questions--Knowledge, scenario, and lab-based questions, all with in-depth answers

Full coverage of the topics you need to review, including how to:

  • Create a Windows form using the Windows forms designer
  • Implement navigation, accessibility, and printing capabilities
  • Validate user input and respond to validation errors
  • Implement Online User Assistance
  • Incorporate existing code into a Microsoft Windows-based application
  • Instantiate and invoke Web services and components
  • Prepare culture-specific formatting
  • Create and manage components and .NET assemblies
  • Create Windows controls using Visual Basic .NET
  • Test and trace applications and resolve code defects
  • Secure and authorize Windows-based applications

Included on the CD-ROM:

CD Training

  • MasterSim--Visual Basic .NET simulations give hands-on experience
  • Electronic book--Searchable version of the Study Guide

Master Exam

  • Complete Practice Exam--Exclusive 70-306 certification exam simulation with questions found only on the CD-ROM
  • Detailed Answers--Explain why the correct options are right and why the incorrect options are wrong
  • Score Report--Provides overall assessment of performance and indicates subject areas requiring further study


(with free on-line registration)

  • LearnKey Training--Includes MCSD interactive video training session
  • MasterExam--Additional MCSD certification exam simulations downloads

About the Author

David Panagrosso (Ellington, CT) MCSD, MCT is a Senior Consultant with Linc Systems/Condor Technologies. He has extensive experience with Visual Basic, working with clients of Linc Systems to implement, update, and modify various systems. He has provided internal support and training for new employees as well as junior consultants, earning his MCT in 1999. Dave has also worked as a Senior Programmer/Analyst for Pratt & Whitney Aircraft. He has co-authored the following titles for Macmillan Computer Publishing: MCSD Training Guide: Visual Basic 5, TestPrep MCSD: Visual Basic 6, and MCSE TestPrep Windows 95. Lyle Bryant (Winnipeg, Manitoba) MCSD, MCT, MCP, CTT. Lyle has extensive knowledge and experience in technical training with his specialty being Microsoft development tools and technologies. He has a solid background in problem solving and troubleshooting various aspects of Engineer and Development based projects. He has acted as a team leader and coordinated many programs for various projects. Larry Chambers (Winnipeg, Ontario) MCSD, MCT is a Senior Infrastructure Specialist for EDS bluesphere - Canada, E.solutions, EDS. He has contributed to several certification books including MCSE Training Guide (70-216) Installing and Administering Windows 2000 Network Infrastructure from NRP, and a forthcoming title focused on the 70-218 exams, also from NRP.

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By Jim
If you are new to Visual Basic.Net then this book is great for getting a basic understanding of the language. If you are using it to introduce yourself to the language then I would highly recommend it. However, this book miserably fails its' title in preparing for the 70-306 exam.
The best thing the book does is to provide you an outline of what to study for the exam but you will need to do further research on the topics with MSDN. Plus, as other reviewers have stated, there are a few errors throughout the book most notably on the practice tests. But, for an intro study I would not let the errors turn you away from it.
The bottom line is the book is not detailed enough for the exam but a good introduction, especially, for college students taking a VB.Net course.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Frustrating Aug. 4 2003
This book is chalk full of errors. I am not at all convinced that anyone went back through and actually tried to reproduce the examples and assignments found in this book. If you like a challenge and enjoy debugging someone else's code, this is the book for you. If, however, you feel that your time is better spent actually studying for the exam I would skip this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK June 24 2003
By "mufon"
This book is alright, but it does not take into consideration all OS's on which the code might be running (xp users beware on the globalization chapter) and some of the end of chapter questions don't even seem to be based on data discussed in the chapter. That all being said, there aren't many other options exam prep books for 70-306 and this one is at least easy to follow along with although I don't think it is in depth enough for the exam.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Cert Book! March 7 2003
This is an excellent book to be used for your certification. It comes loaded with examples, exercises, exams, and plenty of explanations on the answers to the Self-tests on why they are correct AND why they were incorrect!
One bad thing: You will need to watch the syntax on some of the exam watches and self-test question and answers. I highly recommend downloading the errata for this book before you start from [a website]. I have found a handful of important editing errors but they were pretty obvious.
Other than the printing errors, which are very few IMO, this is a better cert book than [certain other] books!
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2.0 out of 5 stars There a much better books available March 3 2003
It's obvious why this book was the first VB.NET book available. The book was obviously rushed, has many typos, pieces of code that doesn't work, and questions with wrong answers. The content of this title isn't anywhere near the quality of the study guide by Gunderloy. This book is a decent start for beginners, but if you really want to learn and pass the test, look elsewhere.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best I've found for this test Feb. 28 2003
This book, compared to others on the topic, was the most complete preparation book for this exam (which I passed).
Although some of the material was not as good as the book as a whole, the "Exam Watch" points were dead-on for the test -- they covered at least 85% of the questions.
The included "MasterExam" test simulation software was useful but less intuitive than its commercial counterparts. However, for free, it definitely sets the proper tone, pace, and type of questions you will encounter. I'd say that 40% of the questions were directly applicable to my exam.
It's not a GREAT book, but it's the best of its kind.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. But falls short Jan. 9 2003
Okay this book gave me lots of confidence. But that is only because it didn't cover a lot of involved topics which are required for 70-306. After reading this book cover to cover, and scoring a consistent 80% plus in it's questions, I looked at braindumps etc, and got only 50-70%. I am still not confident of clearing 70-306, I need to reinforce what this book taught me with a tougher book.
#2, two chapters are ultra lame because they expect you to carry the damned cd with you for source code. I bought the book, have a heart and print the source code ... Those two chapters are holes in my knowledge just because I could not refresh my knowledge with actual code, as I was reading it .. it is more important than you think it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A great book for preparing for 70-306 Dec 28 2002
I just passed 70-306. I attribute a great deal of my success to this book. It's comprehensive and nicely organized to help you build and retain what you need to know. They use a number of techniques to help you retain knowledge: Each chapter references what certification objective is being covered. There are frequent "Exam Watch" reminders - a one-sentence summary of a key point. Each chapter ends with around 10 test questions followed by well-done explanations on the right and wrong answers. Also, each chapter has a "two-minute drill" of key points and "Lab Questions". Many chapters have good code exercises, some, of which, are on the included CD, for those too lazy to type in the code. In addition the CD has a bunch of test questions that can be used many times as they are randomly generated. All these techniques give one a handful of ways to re-enforce the material.
I agree with other reviewers that several chapters were not up to the standards of the rest of the book. The material is covered but not quite as good as most of the book - obviously done by different authors that the editor failed to make consistent. Also the test questions on the CD were not as tough as what I found on the actual test. Luckily, after conquering this book I signed up for the MeasureUp web site pretest questions. The combination worked very well for me; proof being I passed.
Despite these criticisms I highly recommend this book to get the bulk of knowledge you need. Once you've conquered its material then use something like MeasureUp to fine-tune what you need to know. Overall, I was very pleased. As a point of reference, I'm a moderately experienced programmer, having worked with a number of languages over the years but am not strong on VB.
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