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I think about doing the 4 exams required to become a MCPD Webdeveloper 4 Visual Studio 2010. The examns can be found here:


I found only one book at amazon, having a rather bad rating. Can somebody recommend any training material for those examns?

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In the near future I have to take the MCPD upgrade exam (from 3.5 to 4), so I was searching for any study material. In my search I came across the following books:

  • MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-515): Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Amazon)

  • MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-516): Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Amazon)

  • MCPD 70-519 Exam Ref: Designing and Developing Web Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4 (Amazon)

  • MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-503): Microsoft® .NET Framework 3.5 Windows® Communication Foundation (Amazon)

  • Professional WCF 4 (O'Reilly)

Because there isn't a self-paced training kit for the 70-513 exam (WCF) you have to find some alternative, therefore I've chosen the training kit for the 3.5 exam and hope for the best. You could of course choose to read the O'Reilly book on WCF 4, but my experience on O'Reilly book is they aren't a nice read, compared to the training kits. That's my personal opinion of course, so you should make your own choice.

Hope this helps you, and others.

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Sorry but it seems that there effectively is only one book as of now. There is another one coming out, but not very soon (next year). I did not read the one you found so I cannot give my opinion on it.

However, I would suggest you to get books related to the previous version of the exam, because even if it seems that it does not have much in common with the new one (the title of the exam changed), it still is on the same subject.

If you read one book on MVC and one on ASP.NET, web services, and such you pretty much covered all of the exam's content. For MVC I recommend reading Steven Sanderson's PRO ASP.NET MVC V2 Framework and for ASP.NET I read Pro ASP.NET 3.5. Both are really great books, easy to read and they also cover test-driven developement (okay, that has nothing to do with the exam itself, but still I was pleasantly surprised :-)

Before you take on the exam, you may also look for exam samples (example: http://www.techexams.ws/demo/70-515.pdf) that will prepare you for the sort of the questions that may occur.

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I was preparing the same exam not too long ago, with the same book, and I can tell you that it has a lot of examples and labs to get training on ASP.net. They have also practice tests, so you can have a closer experience to the real exam.

If you are starting with ASP.net they have a bunch of info on their site, a lot of videos and training material for you to start, and also books, of course.

Link: http://www.asp.net/web-forms

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I'm pretty happy with the self paced training kits from MS Press. The one you are probably looking for is this one: http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780735627406.do The reviews on the O'Reilly site are a bit low but after reading them it seems the low reviews are from ppl who have bought an electronic copy.

I always buy a hardcopy, that also comes with a practice test cd which is pretty handy to get the mindset for an exam.

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