For the past three years I have been working with Java (mainly J2ME) but now I have started using C#.NET technologies. To get a jump start and get to know C#.NET better I signed up for a Microsoft certification. I choose exam 70-536 : TS: Microsoft .NET Framework – Application Development Foundation. The time was short, I now had only one month to go from Java to C#.NET.
Lucky for me the similarities between Java and C#.NET are clear so I could take use of my Java experience. By the way for Java developers emigrating to C#.NET this website is a good start to have a look at. It compares the Microsoft C# programming language to Sun Microsystems’ Java programming language.
I ordered the MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-536) which contains:
- A well written book covering all subjects for the exam
- Lab exercises for each lessons
- Test questions for each lesson
- A CD with code examples and test exams
The only draw back with this book is that there are some typos/errors both in the book and test exams.
After that I had read the book, taken som test exams and coding some of the lab exercises I started feeling quite confident about the exam. For a year ago I took the Sun Certified Java Programmer (SCJP) exam and from the test exams I had taken it was easy to see that these two exams are very similar.
It was less then a week until the exam and I felt that I did not have full control on some of the (to me new) Microsoft features such as; security domains, COM, assemblies and settings. Then I got to know about Test King a website were you can buy test exams for all kind of certifications. I paid 69.99$ for the 70-536 – Q & A package, containing an interactive test engine with 352 questions. This showed to be well spent money. I run the test engine with 40 questions (the same as the actual exam) 4-5 times and had a really good feeling about this. One good thing to know is that when you are buying a product from Test King you can generate an activation code two times but after generating the new code, the first code is disabled.This allows you to split the cost and share the product with one person as long as you don’t have to use it in the same period of time.
I took the exam on friday and passed with good margins Actually I got some of the same questions on the exam that I had seen during the Test King exams.
I have now ordered the Microsoft Mobile Development Handbook and are preparing for the TS: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0 – Application Development (exam 70-540).