MCTS 70-513–.NET 4, Service Communication Apps

Today, I am excited and pleased to share that I have passed Microsoft Exam TS: 70-513 and hence become

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) – .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications.

“This exam is designed to test the candidate’s knowledge and skills for developing applications using Windows Communication Foundation and the .NET Framework 4”. To see the skills measured and outline of the exam, please visit here.

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Preparation and Training Material for MCTS 70-515

Earlier this month I passed MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Web Applications. After which I started receiving emails regularly asking about training kit or any preparation material for exam. So I thought may be its good idea to write a blog post on it instead of replying to emails individually.

So let’s discuss about the exam and how to prepare for it.

Exam Format:

The exam comprises of 50 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQs) with 70% marks as passing criteria.

Preparation Material:

As the exam was published some months back so obviously the training kit is not available yet. Well honestly there was no single book or training kit available to prepare. Overall I have gone through most of the following material for exam :

  1. Hands on: jQuery, ASP.NET Web forms and MVC 2


I think it would be good if you have 2+ years of experience of building web applications. Like me if you were a ASP.NET Web Form developer then you may simply need to learn some new features of ASP.NET 4 along with hands on MVC framework, jQuery etc.

Hope this helps!

Book Review: Professional ASP.NET MVC 2


Title: Professional ASP.NET MVC 2
Authors: Jon Galloway, Scott Hanselman, Phil Haack, Scott Guthrie, Rob Conery
Published By: Wrox

In my opinion, this book is a fast track to ASP.NET MVC written directly by the experts or rather ASP.NET team at Microsoft. If you are a professional ASP.NET web forms programmer and want to learn ASP.NET MVC then this book is certainly for you. However if you are novice to ASP.NET then this book is not recommended for you.

The book is written in a bit different style. Rather than starting with the hello world program, the book begins with first chapter dedicated to walkthrough of NerdDinner solution. For details about NerdDinner, please visit NerdDinner hosting site on Codeplex here. The first chapter of the book is also available free to download at

Of course going through the walkthrough of NerdDinner and understanding its working would not be enough for you. So the next chapters digs down into detail explanation of each section. Following is the outline of the book:

  • Introduction.
  • Chapter 1 NerdDinner
  • Chapter 2 Model-View-Controller and ASPNET
  • Chapter 3 ASPNET > ASPNET MVC
  • Chapter 4 Routes and URLs
  • Chapter 5 Controllers
  • Chapter 6 Views
  • Chapter 7 AJAX
  • Chapter 8 Filters
  • Chapter 9 Securing Your Application
  • Chapter 10 Test Driven Development with ASPNET MVC
  • Chapter 11 Testable Design Patterns
  • Chapter 12 Best of Both Worlds: Web Forms and MVC Together
  • Chapter 13 What’s New in ASPNET MVC 2
  • Index

What I like most in the book is that the authors have not only discussed the technology but they have also shared the perspective of the ASP.NET Product Team on different topics through “Product Team Aside boxes”.

The sample code of book is available to download from wrox site.

Overall if you have some experience working with ASP.NET Web Forms site and wanted to learn ASP.NET MVC or upgrade to ASP.NET MVC 2, this book is highly recommended for you.

MCTS – 70-515, Web Application Development .NET 4

I am pleased to share that I have successfully passed the exam “TS 70-515- Web Application Development using Microsoft .NET Framework 4” and therefore become Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist for building .NET Framework 4, Web Applications.

The exam comprises of 50 questions and major focus was on new stuff such as ASP.NET MVC, jQuery, Dynamic Data Websites, ASP.NET web forms 4 etc. Click here to see the overall skills measured. In the end, since I passed, it was a good.

You can download the Visual Studio 2010 Certification(s) Path (pdf) from here. Since currently there are no training kits available for .NET 4 exams, if you are interested in giving exam, please feel free to contact me I will be glad to share my experience in preparing for .NET 4 exams.

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