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  • Paperback: 425 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (Nov. 15 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735677247
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735677241
  • Product Dimensions: 18.5 x 2.8 x 22.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 780 g
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About the Author

William Ryan is a solution architect who has served as a subject matter expert for several Microsoft exams, including Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Azure. He is a coauthor of the MCTS 70-536 Training Kit and the MCTS 70-529 Training Kit. Wouter de Kort is an independent technical coach, trainer, and developer at Seize IT. He is MCSD certified. As a software architect, he has directed the development of complex web applications. He has also worked as a technical evangelist, helping organizations stay on the cutting edge of web development. Wouter has worked with C# and .NET since their inception; his expertise also includes Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Entity Framework, Unit Testing, design patterns, ASP.NET, and JavaScript. Shane Milton is a Senior Architect creating enterprise systems running in Windows Azure and is currently designing cloud-based Smart Grid solutions to manage energy for millions of homes and businesses throughout the US. As an active leader in training and educating teams in cloud technologies and various Agile techniques, he takes particular interest in offering his expertise to community user groups and regional conferences in and around Indianapolis.


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This book is an exam prep book. I have not written the exam so I am reviewing based on learning the topics covered in the book. The topics are current, relevant and interesting - Azure, WCF, Web API etc. My main problem with the book is that it covers the topics in a superficial manner - 3 ways to do something or 5 config options without really explaining the purpose of the values or why you would use them. I found myself constantly going to the internet for a better coverage of many of the topics. The author also adds some unusual non-technical comments (not a problem just not very relevant or humorous) and many points are mentioned multiple times as if the material was pieced together from different sources.

I have previously been certified for a number of MS certifications (including MCSE and MCAD) so I am not discounting the value of the exam prep materials, just that the book could have covered the exam topics and be much more practical at educating the reader at the same time.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e732d14) out of 5 stars 21 reviews
38 of 39 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4a4af8) out of 5 stars Are you Kidding Me? March 29 2014
By Howard P. - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all, don't buy this book...It's a joke-although I'm not laughing.

How this got to print is inexcusable -- I'm only on page 26 and have ZERO confidence in this book.

Look at the "unconfirmed" errata found at this link (from page xvi in the book) http://aka.ms/ER70-487/errata

I've been programming many years with a few Microsoft's certs under my belt so I know the drill:

- read Study Guides, Exam Crams, Google...
- use Practice Test
- code examples, i.e, Lab Work etc...

Right out of the gate, on page 6 & 7 are two pages of code comprising unit test for "which is better" DataReader" or "DataAdapter"?

No problem, let me just download the code for this book and run the examples...But alas, there aint no stink'n code.

The author goes on to point out, on page 8, that the data reader takes 2 ms to run vs 3 ms for the data adapter...

Well, I tell ya, I'm shocked....DUDE, WHO CARES? What about Developing Azure and Web Services?

Then there is an important paragraph, with a highlighted gray background..."IMPORTANT...MAKE SURE YOU CLOSE EVERY CONNECTION YOU OPEN"....DUDE, this is programming 101...and what does this have to do with Objective 1.1 Choose Data Access Technologies?

BTW, where's the database for this example?

On page 14, were given detailed instructions on building an EF Model using the Entity Data Wizard...I'm mean complete with screen shots and step-by-step instructions...i.e, First right-click on YOUR Project in Solution Explorer....

BTW, where's the database for this example? What version of Visual Studio do we need?

Finally on page 18, is the completed Entity Model as well as MORE code and the author writes: "Quickly test this to investigate everything you created...Are you kidding me...Test this? The author is sure to point out "it now takes 4ms to run this code."

WOW...I guess I finally hit the wall on page 26 where there is another one of those "highlighted gray boxes"...where the author provides insights into "chatty" vs "chunky"...

"Assume it takes 100 ms per MB of data. In just transfer times alone, that puts you at 2.5 seconds vs 1 second transferring data...."

What? Where is this coming from? Was this "insight" pulled from another book and slapped onto page 26?

On page 27 the author talks about the ObjectContext option "UseConsistentNullReferenceBehavior" and again there more code and the author states: "...take a look at a test to see what happens."

yea, but where's the database, where's the download code, what testing framework are you using, what development environment, how will this help me with the exam....

I guess you get the picture.

Shame on Microsoft and O'Reilly Media for publishing this book and shame on me for buying it after reading the reviews.

Speaking of reviews, one 5 star reviewer wrote: " I have not taken the exam yet but fee confident that I can pass using this book."

C'mon man...is the author a friend of yours or do you work for MS or O'Reilly?
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e4aa2ac) out of 5 stars Missing and/or wrong answers to the questions and poorly edited prose March 27 2014
By Osu buckeye 31 - Published on Amazon.com
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Like one of the other reviewers here I was extremely unimpressed with this book. I passed the 70-480 & 70-486 on the first try using the same official MS exam ref books. The other two books were extremely well written, this one... not so much. I actually stopped using the practice questions because I found so many where the answer was just plain wrong or was missing entirely from the answer section. There are multiple misspellings and punctuation issues but I haven't even gotten to the worse part. This book is at least 150 pages too long! The author put so much "extra" garbage filler in between the few good tidbits that it made reading it frustrating. The other two books had none of these issues and I highly recommend them for preparing for their respective exams. Pass on this book, you'll thank me later.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e18d618) out of 5 stars Wait for an Update March 28 2014
By Developer - Published on Amazon.com
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As mentioned by another user, "Glaring omissions from the start". I am only on page 31 and have found several instances of mistakes, poorly written prose, or just flat-out confusing tangents (e.g. referring to a topic from an earlier paragraph with the word "this". This what?).

At this point I will trudge through it as I have already highlighted some topics and can't return it. But as of page 31, terrible...

Plus, where is the TestDB spoken about on page 14? The book says "... build a simple model against the TestDB created in the beginning of Chapter 1...". Has anyone found the reference to this? I can't find any mention of a schema or url to download the TestDB.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1866fc) out of 5 stars a wordy and disorganized book for an exam Feb. 20 2015
By Sepehr Pakbaz - Published on Amazon.com
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bad book, contents are disorganized (sometimes some contents really belong to another chapter). many times when something explained it is not straight to the point, paragraphs after paragraphs of text that contains no valuable information specially for an exam reference book this is a bad book. having said all that unfortunately, this book is the only reference I could find for taking the 70-487 exam. if I could find any other resources I would just throw this book away.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e1bdd14) out of 5 stars i never had to return a book, this was a first Feb. 11 2014
By Vico - Published on Amazon.com
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Glaring omissions from the start and errata was not provided. Wrote the authors and O'Reilly publishing, no response. Lost confidence in the quality and accuracy of the book.


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