I will be speaking on LINQ

Hello, I’m excited to share with you all that finally, after couple of months, I will be speaking on LINQ at the Emerging .NET DevsOctober Monthly meeting on 17th Oct at Microsoft Innovation Center.

We will talk on some of the challenges developers were facing before LINQ and how LINQ help us in querying, sorting and filtering data. The event is free and seats are limited. So hurry up and get yourself registered. For details about the event or registration, please visit http://eDotNetDevs.org.

Below is the map of Microsoft Innovation Center, which is located at FAST-National University, City Campus.

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Real World Scenario: MCTS 70-562

Yet another post on Real World Scenario. The query I received this time was related to MCTS 70-562. Truth is the highest number of queries I received are related to Microsoft Certifications 🙂 As mentioned earlier, the purpose of blogging about these issues is to share solution with others facing similar problem.

Scenario/Query (Copied from email):

Sir ,

My Self, Rahul Singh I have read your blog.It was a very good blog, that helped me a lot. Can you provide me some additional information about MCTS 70- 562 . Information which i required are:

  1. Good book that could help me in preparing for paper MCTS  70-562.
  2. whether paper 70-562 in made in C# or VB (Visual Basic) or their in option between two.
  3. some sample paper for paper70- 562

Thank you Rahul for asking and appreciation. Here is what I think:

  1. It really depends on how much experience you have in ASP.NET 3.5. Well in most of the cases MCTS Self Paced Training Kit for 70-562 is good enough for the exam’s preparation. However, if you don’t have much experience with ASP.NET 3.5 or some new features of ..NET 3.5 like LINQ, Entity Framework etc then I don’t think only Training Kit is enough for you. So if that is the case, you need to have some hands on stuff you are weak and go for some books other than training kit such as Professional ASP.NET 3.5 SP1 – Wrox or Programming ASP.NET 3.5 -Microsoft Press.
  2. You will always have the option to select C# or VB in every .NET exam.
  3. There are sample exams, a kind of Past Papers, available such as Brain Dumps or Test Kings but they are costly. I would recommend you to have some firm working knowledge of ASP.NET and you will clear the exam hopefully.

Good Luck.

Microsoft DreamSpark for Students in Pakistan

In 2008, Microsoft Corp. announced that they will giveaway latest Microsoft Developer and Designer tools to millions of students all around the world at zero cost that will help them in their academic and career success.

The Microsoft DreamSpark student program provides students to download broad range of software absolutely free. Not only they are giving software but also free distributing free coupons of Microsoft Certification exam and some other eLearning offers.

DreamSparkBannerFollowing is the list of software available to download:

  • Visual Studio 2008/2005 Professional Edition
  • Expression Studio 3
  • Microsoft SQL Server 2008 Developer Edition
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard Edition, with SP2 32-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 Standard Edition 32-bit
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard Edition 64-bit
  • Microsoft Robotics Developer Studio 2008 R2 Academic Edition
  • Microsoft CCR and DSS Toolkit 2008 R2
  • XNA Game Studio 3.1
  • Microsoft IT Academy Student Pass
  • Express Editions

DreamSpark-DownloadListIn order to apply for DreamSpark program, you need to visit the DreamSpark website, sign in with your live account and provide your Country, College/University information and some other identification information. Also remember that Microsoft will not ship you any DVDs instead all the software are available online to download with license key.

However, if you are student from Pakistan, you may not find your University name there. So the DPE Team of Microsoft Pakistan led by Naveed Bajwa and consists of Talha Mahmood, Haseeb Shaukat & Jibran Jamshad are facilitating students through a simple registration process. All you have to do is to fill the form available here. So if you haven’t got your access code for DreamSpark either contact Microsoft Student Partner at your University or just fill the form.

Also don’t forget to watch “Bill Gates talks about Free Software, Students, and Technology” on Channel 8.