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I've been approved by management to begin taking the MCPD exams (re-imbursed by them). I've been developing in .NET since 1.1, but just to make sure I'll be going through the training kits so that I don't miss any areas that I haven't had much need to use in the past.

The first exam I'll be taking is WCF and I must admit, I've only developed some simple services in the past and it's probably one of the weak points of my development repertoire. There is also currently no book available for WCF on .NET 4.

Aside from there being no practice exams, would this: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd456779.aspx be sufficient/efficient for studying to take the exam? If not, could you suggest any resource that might be?

I have a copy of Lowy's Programming WCF Services that a friend lent me, but it's for .NET 3.5.

Note: If you're suggesting resources, keep in mind that I'm looking to learn and understand WCF full and not looking just to pass the exam, though the latter is definitely a focus/goal.

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I did many MS exams including WCF in .NET 3.5. I didn't take any .NET 4 test yet but I want to go for ADO.NET 3.5 and 4.0 + WCF 4.0 in next few weeks.

My experience is start with training kits - they cover about 70-90% of needed information. I used training kits for all exams except BizTalk (training kit doesn't exist) and WCF 3.5. I learned WCF 3.5 from Learning WCF by Michele Leroux Bustamante (it is for .NET 3.0) and I added information about 3.5 features from Essential Windows Communication Foundation.

MSDN is a good source of information but you must know what you are looking for. You can use training kit for 3.5 and check this answer on Stack overflow which describes what is new in WCF 4 and links some resources.

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Thanks a bunch Ladislav. –  Steve Evers May 12 '11 at 22:10
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There are lots of .NET 4.0 WCF books, just no certification specific ones. If you read, understand, and implement any of the projects in those books, you'll know enough for the exam.

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Having taken several myself, I'd say that MSDN is a starting point, but is not sufficient. Especially with the WCF, that is one of the harder tests out there (in my limited experience).

Try checking out Transcender, they have simulated tests, and then explain why or why not your answer was correct or incorrect, and links back to MSDN where appropriate. If you already have some knowledge this GREAT at pinpointing where you need to study some more.

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Valuable information. Thank you aceinthehole. –  Steve Evers May 12 '11 at 18:05
    
For me, the WCF is the hardest of the exams. If you're doing .NET 4, then I'd recommend being strong in EF and LINQ. –  Tangurena May 12 '11 at 18:27
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