MCAD/MCSD Visual Basic(r) .Net(tm) Web Applications Study Guide (Exam 70-305)
||Author: Wayne Cassidy, David Shapton|
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Publisher: McGraw-Hill Osborne Media (13 September, 2002)
Sales Rank: 155,325
Average Customer Rating: 3.25 out of 5
Customer ReviewsRating: 5 out of 5
Excellent study guide for 70-305
This book covers all the material you will need to pass the 70-305 exam. In order to follow this book you will need previous knowledge of Visual Basic, it is certainly not for beginners. It is an excellent book for people who want to migrate from VB to VB .Net. It has lot of Exercises that give you hand on experience with code, while going through the chapters.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Better Books Probably Published Now
I purchased this book (a while back) because it was one of the first couple that was available, and as is usually the case with books that are rushed to market, it contains a number of mistakes. Probably one of the worst areas is in the last chapter of the book, concerning URL security. I feel this is a big let down because a lot of test questions concern URL authorization. Maybe at this point, the editor just got tired of reviewing material. A number of mistaken and contradictory statements were made here, that led me to be very confused. Basically, I had to go to the source (MSDN) to figure out that the book was wrong in several places. Maybe they have fixed some of these errors by now. As well, a lot of the "Practice Questions" were vague and not well thought out, and acutally a couple were misprinted entirely. The practice exam that comes with the book's CD is pretty much worthless, buy Transcender or Measure Up instead. This being said, they do cover all the basic study material, and if you are planning on getting everything you need out of your study book, there is a good chance you will fail anyway. However, as stated previously, I would look for some of the more recently published books, as they are probably more accurate than this one.
Rating: 3 out of 5
Not checked for accuracy
This book contains a number of errors, both in the text itself, and in the programming examples. The errors are obviously confusing and frustrating, since you're trying to learn the material and prepare for the test - the last thing you want to be doing is trying to figure out the authors' mistakes.
The core material *is* covered in the text; it's just that you'll be spending time going back and forth between pages trying to reconcile contradictory statements, or going nuts trying to figure out why step 3 in some exercise doesn't produce what the authors said it would.
If you already know ASP.NET and ADO.NET fairly well, you should be able to guess what the authors were shooting for, and this may be a decent exam prep for you. I wouldn't try actually trying to learn from this (i.e., if you're under a tight deadline to learn the material and get certified).
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