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MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft .NET Framework Application Development Foundation (2nd Edition) Hardcover – Nov 12 2008

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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press; 2 edition (Nov. 12 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0735626197
  • ISBN-13: 978-0735626195
  • Product Dimensions: 19.3 x 5.5 x 23.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #349,715 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Tony Northrup, MCSE, MCPD, MCITP, CISSP, is a Windows and networking technologies expert who has written more than 30 books and video training courses. He is coauthor of Windows 7 Resource Kit and numerous Microsoft Press Training Kits for certification exam-prep.

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Format: Hardcover
This book covers most of the exam topics, but it covers the breadth rather the depth of the skills. If you don't know any guides other than the "Skills Measured" info on Microsoft Learning site, this book gives you an idea of the whole scope of the exam. A few technical descriptions on certain topics are conflicting MSDN info a bit, but they are minor glitches. It's worth to read the whole book fast and all the exercises and labs assigned, and then spend half of your time concentrating on the mock exam questions that comes with the book. Put your effort on the mock exam and try to understand the technologies behind EACH question, and the reason why one answer is correct and other answers are wrong. Always reference back to the MSDN for details. A few questions give you incorrect/confusing answers. After you finish the book, you should get a score around 60%. Review each questions and answers until you understand them all and redo the exam until you have a final score of 90% should guarantee a pass in the real exam. Remind you, the real exam is harder than the mock exam. Since this book is an upgrade from the old .Net v2 exam, a fair part of the book and the mock exam questions still mention .Net v2 technologies. You can put less efforts on to those parts. On the whole,
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I passed the exam, I think that is the most important outcome of reading the book. I spent about 3 weeks reading the book and one week more to go over the practice questions. There are a total of 237 questions on the cd, 137 review questions (from the book) and 200 test-like questions. Be prepared though that the actual exam questions are a lot harder, but nonetheless the book provides a good foundations. Also visit [...] for corrections. Even though it is the second edition of the book, still there are a plenty of errors (on the cd as well). I found more errors that have not been reported or corrected yet. I gave 4 starts because of the errors. You do NOT have to buy additional practice questions, that was one of most important things to remember. There is also a 15% exam voucher included, which is really nice, but I did not use it as it could not be combined with the ongoing second shot promotion.
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Excellent Book that covers .Net Base technologies common to both .net 2 and 3. Exam 70-536 is the same for VS 2005 or VS2008 track. And is language independent. As a reminder .net 3 , 3.5 and 3.5 Sp1 are modules built on top of .net 2 CLR. VS 2005 has C# and VB compilers for .net 2 and will not compile `Language Extensions' based on .Net 3 or higher. But you can code the .net 3 modules without language extensions. Bottom line its common exam for either track.
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By R. Das on April 27 2009
Format: Hardcover
Good book. Used it to pass the exam and now I'm keeping it as a reference.
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9dd9b4) out of 5 stars Enough to Pass, a good starting point if you're looking for more Jan. 15 2009
By J. Comstock - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Overall, if you're considering taking the 70-536 exam, I recommend getting this book (not that there are a lot of alternatives). It may contain a few errors (honestly, I don't recall anything significant, right off hand), but the 2nd edition definitely alleviates at least most of the scores of pages of errors found in the first edition. Don't get the cheaper old edition: it's worth it to pay for the updated version, if only to avoid having to go through the 50+ pages of errata with the first edition.

This book does not cover everything in the same depth as the test, so if this is your only study tool, don't expect to feel completely comfortable when taking the exam or expect to "ace" it. As other posters have stated, you will need to do some of your own research if getting every question right is your goal. However, using ONLY this book as a study tool you CAN pass. Passing was my goal, and to that effect, this book accomplished its purpose effectively.

The tests provided on the CD did not seem much easier than the questions on the exam. Others may have had a different experience, but that was mine. I did notice that I "memorized" the answers rather quickly, and am glad I saved the tests on the CD until after I had already worked through the book, and could still use them to help polish my knowledge.
27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9dda08) out of 5 stars Good book but not enough Dec 23 2008
By Dennis Rongo - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I read this book from front-to-back and performed a lot of the exercises. For the most part, I've found errors in the answer keys within the end of chapter questionnaires and some of the coding examples given. While an error is acceptable to a certain degree, it is somehow unforgivable when it comes to studying for an exam since you need the absolute answer for everything. A book can potentially lose its credibility once a reader finds inconsistencies within its context. It's a battle but experience can play a big role in determining the best solution, even in the exam.

I may also add that the sample questions given in the book and CD are way easier than that of the real exam. It doesn't even compare. I passed it but I had to find some other way means of reading up some details/references that the book lacks. Reading this book is only half the battle. I honestly can say that this is a good starting point since it covers the basic and fundamentals of various subjects. Since the exam covers much more in-depth for each subjects, you'll find yourself looking somewhere else in addition to what you've learned from this book. I end up going to MSDN a lot just to look up a topic and find out more about it.

To sum it up, get this book as a starting point to get you on the right track then research the topics and learn the little details on your own.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9ddce4) out of 5 stars If you can find something better, more power to you. June 28 2009
By Latin Warrior - Published on
Format: Hardcover
MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536): Microsoft® .NET Framework Application Development Foundation, Second edition
I basically used this book as my only printed resourse for taking the Application Development Foundation (70-536) test. There are NO other alternative books that I know of.

This second edition of the book still has some errors in it. I attempted to read the first edition and found the number of erros appalling and distracting. I considered finding the errors on the second edition part of my training for the test. I also looked up topics that the book didn't cover on MSDN. The tests at the end of the chapters are in no way similar to the actual questions on the test but they still help in testing and consolidating your knowledge and undertanding of the topics.

As the time to take the test approached, I bought the pratice test from Transcender and found the questions it contained to be very similar to the questions on the actual test. I actually passed the test with a very high score. Getting a Transcender practice test actually gives you a better perspective of the types of questions you will encounter on the test and helps you fill in any gaps the book may have.

Good luck on the test.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9df21c) out of 5 stars I Used This Book To Pass The 70-536 Exam. Dec 2 2009
By Craig W. Kemple - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I passed on my first try using this book as my main resource. This is how:

1) I read the "70-536 Training Kit" cover to cover. I worked all the labs. I answered all the sample questions. Any subject that I was not familiar with, e.g., COM interoperability, I got a book on that subject and read the first few chapters so I had a good background on the subject. (The MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit is not a primer! It does not baby step you through the basics of VB .NET or C#, nor any of the APIs.) Fortunately, I have a subscription to one of the several online technical book libraries. So, getting my hands on books was easy & cheap. I would recommend doing the same.

2) I re-read the book cover to cover. This time I only spent time studying the lab code that I previously completed. I worked the sample questions again.

3) The weekend prior to the exam, I reviewed all of the text I highlighted and again studied the lab code. (I know, I'm old fashioned. I actually bought a hard copy of this book and used a high lighter.)

I was taken by surprise at how focused the exam was on testing the minutia of the APIs. The MCTS Self -Paced Training Kit did a really good job of providing coverage of the significant APIs to know to pass the exam. I believe I could have done a lot better on the exam if I had spent more time rote memorizing the examples in the book. (Like punishment at school, write the code snippets 100 times each. A dry erase board would come in handy. But not required!)

The sample questions were easier than the real exam. So, I would highly recommend getting one of the practice tests listed on the Microsoft site, "MeasureUp" or "Self Test Software".

I don't know what the big deal about errata is. There were only a couple of times that I got annoyed. But, the online errata page resolved that.

Good luck!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f9ddac8) out of 5 stars Unsatisfactory May 21 2010
By Einar Waaler Høst - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I have several issues with this book.

First off, I resent the fact that it is "bi-lingual". As it is, a third of the book is useless to me (i.e. the VB.NET code samples) - a complete waste of dead trees and ink. It's not only superfluous, it is distracting, since I must continually scan for the C# code. Please bother to print two different editions of the book. It should be trivial.

Second, there is too much generic boilerplate text. Each chapter starts with the same kind of generic paragraphs stating that you should have some prior experience with .NET and Visual Studio blah blah blah. Again, I have to scan the text to see where the actual content starts.

Third, I would have liked to see some illustrations! Several topics (such as code access security) would benefit greatly from visual presentations to accompany or replace part of the text. As it is, I have to mentally deserialize the text to build up these images in my head instead.

Finally, a complaint about the exam itself (not the book) is that there are too many questions about random .NET arcana (such as the sequence of parameters to a method call, or whether you pass something to a constructor or set a property after constructing the object, or if there's is a factory method you should use rather than a constructor). A good test would focus on understanding, not on the stuff that Intellisense and MSDN gives you.