This is one very eagerly awaited Microsoft Press Training Kit. I know. I’ve been getting email and calls for the past few months asking when it would be available. So it is with great pleasure (and relief) that we’re announcing publication of MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-562): Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5—ASP.NET Application Development (ISBN: 9780735625624).
Mike Snell is the lead author of the Training Kit. As a foundation for his work, he used the very popular MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-528): Microsoft® .NET Framework 2.0 Web-Based Client Development authored by Glenn Johnson and Tony Northrup.
Mike gave us permission to reprint a post on the new book from his blog, along with a picture of the author (and a very frightening looking fish).
From Mike’s blog:
I hope [the new 70-562 Training Kit] finds a useful spot in your current library. The book helps developers learn about the many features of ASP.NET 3.5 including web sites, controls, AJAX, WCF, globalization, and much more. The book is focused on the certification exam. However, those looking to dig into ASP.NET 3.5 will hopefully also find it very useful.
The training kit is focused on developers looking to pass the Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist Exam 70-562 (Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ASP.NET Application Development). For those looking to take the exam, the book includes:
The chapters (study guide): each chapter includes lesson review questions and case scenarios.
Labs: each chapter has one or more labs with sample code included on a CD (in both VB and C#)
15% off exam discount voucher is included with the book
Practice tests: the book’s CD includes a test engine and over 300 sample questions
Trial edition of Visual Studio 2008 Pro is included with the book
An eBook is included on the CD for searching the book
You can get more information on the book from Microsoft’s Learning site:
Exam preparation guide
Link to details about the book (including purchase options)
To add to Mike’s post, we’re including a few samples from the book:
This training kit is designed for developers who plan to take Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist (MCTS) exam 70-562, as well as for developers who need to know how to develop applications using the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 and ASP.NET. We assume that before you begin using this kit, you have a working knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Visual Basic or C#.
By using this training kit, you’ll see how to do the following:
Not all applications require abstracted data layers and re-usable frameworks. I’ve seen many simple business applications that suffered from overengineering. Many of these smaller applications can take advantage of the simple data-binding techniques built into the Visual Studio ASP.NET tools. These applications can be created quickly, typically do not require as much testing, and allow developers to focus on solving business problems rather than building frameworks and reusable components. Applications that can benefit from this approach often have a common profile: They typically have a compressed schedule, are meant as Web applications from beginning to end, and might fill a somewhat temporary need. When optimizing for these considerations, you might find that building data-bound applications using the server controls in ASP.NET is faster, easier, and cheaper.
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I'm also using this training kit for preperation of my 70-562 exam.
However I think I found a wrong sentence on page 48, or I misunderstood the sentence.
By the description on the PreLoad event it says "This event fires before view state has been loaded for the page". However if I view this MSDN article
It says that viewstate is already loaded. I also made a little test website and in the method Page_PreLoad I can access data from the ViewState.
Am I misinterpretate the sentence or is the book wrong?
On page 92 it says that the property ImageUrl of the Image control directly maps to the href attribute of the <img> element in HTML.
This isn't right, the <img> tag has no attribute href, it uses the attribute "src" for the location of the image.
Hello, H. Nijboer. We have a support team that supports training kits (and all Microsoft Press books). The best thing to do is to send your questions or catches to tkinput [at] microsoft.com, and the support team will investigate the issue and get back to you. (For resource kits, use rkinput [at] microsoft.com. For all other books, not TKs or RKs, use mspinput [at] microsoft.com.)
Where can I find the code used in the Chapter? The CD only provided the code for the Labs but not for the code used in the Chapters. Is it available somewhere?
It's hard to follow sometimes if you cannot run the code described in the Chapters. I liked the how MCTS 70-536 book was laid out, it re-used and expanded on the existing code described in the chapters as part of the Labs, that way you have the code for both.
I do like that it had provided the mapping of 70-562 exam objectives to the books chapters. In that way, I can easily concentrate on each exam objective instead of reading chapter by chapter.
So far I think I found 4 typos or misprints.
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