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After reading the Self-Paced Training kit Microsoft Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4, I ran the Microsoft Press Training Kit Exam Prep.

I would like to know if it sufficient to pass and manage the 70-511?


Ok, I did not pass the Exam this morning. So I Disencourage people which want to pass a certification without a meaningful experience. For your information, here my result :

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As we can see, I've failed in two exam objectives :

  • "Building a User Interface by Using Basic Techniques" which covering these chapters :
    • Choose the most appropriate control class
    • Implement screen layout by using nested control hierarchies.
    • Create and apply styles and theming.
    • Manage reusable resources.
    • Implement an animation in WPF.
  • "Enhancing the Functionality and Usability of a Solution"
    • Integrate WinForms and WPF within an application.
    • Implement asynchronous processes and threading.
    • Incorporate globalization and localization features.
    • Implement drag and drop operations within and across applications.
    • Implement security features of an application.
    • Manage user and application settings.
    • Implement dependency properties.

I really don't understand why I've failed the first objectif. I think to know the fundamentals of WPF. One the other hand, I know why I've failed the second objectif exam : this is an aspect I don't masterize.

This exam shows me my weakness. Now I will focus on them.

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Just that training kit without practice is not really good. Actually, most MS certifications have 1-2 years of experience as recommended (but not mandatory) prerequisite.

At the time when I got my certification I used the Self-Paced Training kit and had ~1.5 years of experience with the technology. (The exam was 70-536)

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I'm in the same position. I'm planning on doing Exam 70-511 next month, but I mostly work with Windows Forms (as opposed to WPF), and ASP.NET.

What I've been doing to help me to learn WPF is to convert many of my previous WinForms apps to WPF.

I don't think it's a good idea to just read the book and do the practice tests, you need some hands on experience.

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