With .NET, Microsoft is also espousing a vision, this time about how Internet can make businesses more efficient and deliver services to consumers. The present enterprise setup's need to have n-tier architecture with diverse platforms and object models communicating with each other. The present applications are to be created such that those applications have to run in any platform (like Windows, Linux, Mac, Unix etc.) and which consist of components written in many programming languages and object models.
Many language vendors have tried to upgrade their languages, but there is a limit to which they have been successful since they have to maintain backward capability and face many other problems too. To solve problem of current programmers Microsoft has come with a very promising solution "The .NET Platform".
.NET provides a number of benefits that will make developers more productive, reduce number of bugs, speed application development, and simplify deployment. IT managers are understandably wary, since .NET is a new technology that requires a moderately steep learning curve. For most organizations, however, benefits will far outweigh negatives; and with .NET, you'll see great productivity gains for future development projects.
.NET certification is premier credential for professionals who design and develop leading-edge business solutions with Microsoft .NET development tools, technologies and platforms.
You might want to consider taking MCSD 70-316 exam to: ·Gain valuable skills, knowledge and expertise ·Raise your income ·Increase your job opportunities ·Earn more respect from your peers ·Improve your job security
Earning a Microsoft certification acknowledges your expertise in working with Microsoft products and technologies and sets you apart from crowd as a development professional. Microsoft certification demonstrates that you have ability to successfully implement Microsoft business solutions for your organization or client. This article will provide a basic understanding of scope of certification and will also give details about certification along with useful resources to get started. What you need to know for MCSD 70-316? As a competent developer, you should be proficient in creating Windows applications that have a smooth look and feel.
In Exam 70-316, Microsoft tests your skills on developing Windows based applications with VS.NET/C# on seven objectives.
Exam Objectives Weightage of Questions
1) Creating User Services 15 % 2) Creating and Managing Components and .NET Assemblies 18% 3) Consuming and Manipulating Data 20% 4) Testing and Debugging 12% 5) Deploying a Windows-based Application18% 6) Maintaining and Supporting a Windows-based Application5% 7) Configuring and Securing a Windows-based Application12%
For a detailed break up of topics covered in MCSD .Net 70-316 exam, you can visit Microsoft certification web page. The above certification page will provide you with a bird's eye view of skills you should focus on. During course of this article I'll point you to resources where you can go and read up on skills listed on this page. The Skills being measured section of page has break up of seven objectives as to which skills will be measured in exam.
Microsoft's exam 70-316, "Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET", is a core requirement for MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer) for Microsoft .NET certification and is a core or elective requirement for MCAD (Microsoft Certified Application Developer) for Microsoft .NET certification. It is designed for candidates who "work on a team in a medium or large development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio .NET, Enterprise Developer Edition."
The MCSD 70-316 exam measures your ability to develop and implement Windows-based applications by using Windows Forms and Microsoft .NET Framework. Candidates have at least one year of experience developing Windows-based applications. Candidates should have a working knowledge of Microsoft Visual C# .NET.
MCSD 70-316 Exam Specifics
All questions are Multiple Choice Questions and total number of questions in exam ranges from 55 to 60. The time allotted is 150-175 minutes. This exam is moderately difficult and costs 125 USD. It may be taken from Pearson Vue or Thomson Prometric. Previously, Microsoft used to provide only Pass/Fail status for MCSD 70-316 exam, but now 700 is minimum score required. Microsoft has also incorporated a new style of question where you get a split-screen. The question is at very top, drag-and-drop items on bottom left and configuration screens on bottom right. You will have plenty of time to answer exam questions, so there is no need to rush. If you have spare time available, you can double check questions and ensure that you have read them correctly and actually answered question as intended.
What you need to do to pass MCSD 70-316 exam? First, you should get involved in overview of .NET framework and also identify tools and services provided by .NET framework. After getting familiar with tool and services available, you need to get well versed with windows forms. To get started on Windows forms you can read article available on MSDN. It'll give you a good introduction to Windows Forms.
.NET is completely object oriented. It is likely that you will see a question or two on OOP concepts. You need to get a through understanding of OOP Concepts like Encapsulation, Polymorphism, Exceptional Handling etc. Interoperability is an important area to focus on while preparing for MCSD 70-316 exam. Active X controls of pre .NET age are not directly supported by Winforms but they are completely re-usable using wrapper classes. You will be asked a question or two on accessibility features of Windows for physically challenged users.
After getting familiar with user services, you should get familiar with how to create and manage components. This involves dealing with how to create and manipulate .NET assemblies. In this regard satellite assemblies seem to be one of favorites of Microsoft for MCSD 70-316 Exam. So you may get some questions related to satellite assemblies and not to mention, resource assemblies also.
When it comes to manipulating data in .NET, there are two sources of data you would widely be dealing with - XML & Relational Databases. You will be using ADO.NET to interact with relational databases. A good grasp on ADO.NET is very essential for clearing this paper. MSDN provides you an article that gives you a good overview of ADO.NET.
I will also recommend Professional ADO.NET from Wrox Publications as a good resource. Professional C# also has a very good section on ADO.NET.
Another objective checked in 70-316 exam mainly concentrates on your familiarity with Visual Studio .NET debugger. You need to have a clear understanding of tools provided by Visual Studio .NET for debugging application. Apart from Visual Studio .NET this section largely stresses upon Tracing. Tracing is a feature by which you can write logs to a particular location (could be a text file). You can change level of tracing you want to perform in a live production environment.