Wednesday, March 17, 2010

70-515 TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (post #1)

Hey Now Everybody,

I registered for a Microsoft .NET 4 Web Dev Beta exam! MS announced the .NET 4.0 Beta Exams on St. Patrick’s day which are a free exam & if passed you get certified. I remember my friend Zain told me about the beta exams & I always thought they were a good idea & now I’m going to try one. This will be a good opportunity to with nothing to lose.

Much of the study & prep materials are not available yet, therefore I’m going to study for a similar exam 70-562 which is the .NET 3.5 ASP.NET Application Development.. The exam I’m signed up for is the 71-515 Web Applications Development with MS .NET Framework 4. Let me outline how my I’m planning on preparing:

1. Study for the 3.5 ASP.NET exam (this will only help for the .NET 4 exam)

2. Read my 3.5 Training Kit book

3. Work the Labs / Code from the book

4. Take Practices Exams

5. Blog throughout the studying / preparation

Let’s compare the two exams 3.5 vs. 4:

.NET 3.5

.NET 4

Objective

%

Objective

%

Server Controls

20

Web Forms

19

Data

17

Data

19

Programming Web Apps

17

Server Controls

18

Debugging

16

AJAX

16

AJAX

15

Web Apps

15

Config & Deploy Web Apps

10

MVC

13

Mobile Devices

5

100

100

Now let’s examine in detail the .NET 4 exam:

Here is the official exam page http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/exam.aspx?ID=70-515&locale=en-us . Interesting fact I just read is that once a person passes this exam they earn a MCTS.

Here is an overview of the topics & skills measured from the official MS page:

  • Accessing data by using Microsoft ADO.NET and LINQ
  • Creating and consuming Web and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services
  • State management
  • ASP.NET configuration
  • Debugging and deployment
  • Application and page life-cycle management
  • Security aspects such as authentication and authorization
  • Client-side scripting languages
  • Internet Information Server (IIS)
  • ASP.NET MVC

Skills Being Measured:

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below.The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam.

Developing Web Forms Pages (19%)

  • Configure Web Forms pages
    This objective may include but is not limited to: page directives such as ViewState, request validation, event validation, MasterPageFile; ClientIDMode; using web.config; setting the html doctype
    This objective does not include: referencing a master page; adding a title to a Web form
  • Implement master pages and themes.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: creating and applying themes; adding multiple content placeholders; nested master pages; control skins; passing messages between master pages; switching between themes at runtime; loading themes at run time; applying a validation schema
    This objective does not include: creating a master page; basic content pages
  • Implement globalization.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: resource files, browser files, CurrentCulture, currentUICulture, ASP:Localize
  • Handle page life cycle events.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: IsPostback, IsValid, dynamically creating controls, control availability within the page life cycle, accessing control values on postback, overriding page events
  • Implement caching.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: data caching; page output caching; control output caching; cache dependencies; setting cache lifetimes; substitution control
    This objective does not include: distributed caching (Velocity)
  • Manage state.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: server-side technologies, for example, session and application; client-side technologies, for example, cookies and ViewState; configuring session state (in proc, state server, Microsoft SQL Server; cookieless); session state compression; persisting data by using ViewState; compressing ViewState; moving ViewState

Developing and Using Web Forms Controls (18%)

  • Validate user input.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: client side, server side, and via AJAX; custom validation controls; regex validation; validation groups; datatype check; jQuery validation
    This objective does not include: RangeValidator and RequiredValidator
  • Create page layout.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: AssociatedControlID; Web parts; navigation controls; FileUpload controls
    This objective does not include:  label; placeholder, panel controls; CSS, HTML, referencing CSS files, inlining
  • Implement user controls.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: registering a control; adding a user control; referencing a user control; dynamically loading a user control; custom event; custom properties; setting toolbox visibility
  • Implement server controls.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: composite controls, INamingContainer, adding a server control to the toolbox, global assembly cache, creating a custom control event, globally registering from web.config; TypeConverters
    This objective does not include: postback data handler, custom databound controls, templated control
  • Manipulate user interface controls from code-behind.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: HTML encoding to avoid cross-site scripting, navigating through and manipulating the control hierarchy; FindControl; controlRenderingCompatibilityVersion; URL encoding; RenderOuterTable
    This objective does not include: Visibility, Text, Enabled properties

Implementing Client-Side Scripting and AJAX (16%)

  • Add dynamic features to a page by using JavaScript.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: referencing c
    lient ID; Script Manager; Script combining; Page.clientscript.registerclientscriptblock; Page.clientscript.registerclientscriptinclude; sys.require (scriptloader)
    This objective does not include: interacting with the server; referencing JavaScript files; inlining JavaScript
  • Alter a page dynamically by manipulating the DOM.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: using jQuery, adding, modifying, or removing page elements, adding effects, jQuery selectors
    This objective does not include: AJAX
  • Handle JavaScript events.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: DOM events, custom events, handling events by using jQuery
  • Implement ASP.NET AJAX.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: client-side templating, creating a script service, extenders (ASP.NET AJAX Control Toolkit), interacting with the server, Microsoft AJAX Client Library, custom extenders; multiple update panels; triggers; UpdatePanel.UpdateMode; Timer
    This objective does not include: basic update panel and progress
  • Implement AJAX by using jQuery.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: $.get, $.post, $.getJSON, $.ajax, xml, html, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), handling return types
    This objective does not include: creating a service

Configuring and Extending a Web Application (15%)

  • Configure authentication and authorization.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: using membership, using login controls, roles, location element, protecting an area of a site or a page
    This objective does not include:  Windows Live; Microsoft Passport; Windows and Forms authentication
  • Configure providers.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: role, membership, personalization, aspnet_regsql.exe
    This objective does not include: creating custom providers
  • Create and configure HttpHandlers and HttpModules.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: generic handlers, asynchronous handlers, setting MIME types and other content headers, wiring modules to application events
  • Configure initialization and error handling.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: handling Application_Start, Session_Start, and Application_BeginRequest in global.asax, capturing unhandled exceptions, custom error section of web.config, redirecting to an error page; try and catch; creating custom exceptions
  • Reference and configure ASMX and WCF services.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: adding service reference, adding Web reference, changing endpoints, wsdl.exe, svcutil.exe; updating service URL; shared WCF contracts assembly
    This objective does not include: creating WCF and ASMX services
  • Configure projects and solutions, and reference assemblies.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: local assemblies, shared assemblies (global assembly cache), Web application projects, solutions, settings file, configuring a Web application by using web.config or multiple .config files; assemblyinfo
  • Debug a Web application.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: remote, local, JavaScript debugging, attaching to process, logging and tracing, using local IIS, aspnet_regiis.exe
  • Deploy a Web application.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: pre-compilation, publishing methods (e.g.,
    MSDeploy, xcopy, and FTP), deploying an MVC application
    This objective does not include: application pools, IIS configuration

Displaying and Manipulating Data (19%)

  • Implement data-bound controls.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: advanced customization of DataList, Repeater, ListView, FormsView, DetailsView, TreeView, DataPager, Chart, GridView
    This objective does not include: working in Design mode
  • Implement DataSource controls.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: ObjectDataSource, LinqDataSource, XmlDataSource, SqlDataSource, QueryExtender, EntityDataSource
    This objective does not include: AccessDataSource, SiteMapDataSource
  • Query and manipulate data by using LINQ.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: transforming data by using LINQ to create XML or JSON, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to Entities, LINQ to objects, managing DataContext lifetime
    This objective does not include: basic LINQ to SQL
  • Create and consume a data service.

This objective may include but is not limited to: WCF, Web service; server to server calls; JSON serialization, XML serialization
This objective does not include: client side, ADO.NET Data Services

  • Create and configure a Dynamic Data project.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: dynamic data controls, custom field templates; connecting to DataContext and ObjectContext

Developing a Web Application by Using ASP.NET MVC 2 (13%)

  • Create custom routes.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: route constraints, route defaults, ignore routes, custom route parameters
  • Create controllers and actions.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: Visual Studio support for right-click context menus; action filters (including Authorize, AcceptVerbs, and custom) and model binders; ActionResult sub-classes
  • Structure an ASP.NET MVC application.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: single project areas (for example, route registration, Visual Studio tooling, and inter-area links); organizing controllers into areas; shared views; content files and folders
  • Create and customize views.

This to me is a good plan. My exam is scheduled April 10th 2010 which leaves me about three weeks. What do you think? How are you (or would you) prepare?

That is all, there will be much more,

Catto

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Tyson Nero said...

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Pedro Teixeira said...

Chris, first of all thanks for all the good work you are carrying on here. I was searching by blogs exactly like this one where people would share their experience on the study for .net 4.0 certification.

I'm still on the stage of organizing myself and gather all the best available resources for this certification. Unfortunately there are no training kits for 4.0 framework yet, so I'm collection links like this one and then just follow all the measures skills, theme by theme :)

In the meantime I'll check this blog for keeping myself motivated :)

Rigel Spence said...

The first and most important is to start planning and preparing for the exam much before you really get into the hot time when you will get surrounded with book, examples, resources and everything else.