MCTS Exam 70-536 completion

February 20, 2008 at 6:28 am (.NET, Certification, MCTS, Technical)

Hurray!!! After a great preparation i finally completed the 70-536 exam. I got 2 weeks delay because of two reasons. One is that i had to recall all the concepts i learnt. And the other one i had a problem with booking. I booked to take exam on 17th of feburary(Sunday) through online and went to attend the exam. There i learnt that prometric is closed on sundays. Then why prometric make the slots available on sundays when booking through online … found a bug 🙂 Finally i attened on 19th of feburary and cleared the Exam. Now i have to start planning for the second exam(Exam 70-528) after a weeks rest 🙂

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MCTS Exam 70-536 Preparation

November 22, 2007 at 6:38 am (.NET, ASP.NET, Certification, MCTS)

I prepared the schedule to complete,

Exam 70–536: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation.

I need to spend 1 hour during the weekdays and 2 and 1/2 hours during weekends to complete preparation in about 3 months. It took about an hour to prepare the schedule. To see the schedule click here

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MCTS Exam 70-536 Schedule

November 22, 2007 at 6:37 am (.NET, ASP.NET, Certification, MCTS)

The schedule is here:

Application Development Foundation(Exam 70 – 536):-
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Chapter 1 : Framework Fundamentals(2 hrs 10 mins).
1. Using Value Types(30 Minutes).
2. Using Common Reference Types(40 Minutes).
3. Constructing Classes(40 Minutes).
4. Converting between Types(20 Minutes).

Chapter 2 : Input/Output(1 hr 5 mins).
1. Navigating the File System(20 Minutes).
2. Reading and Writing Files(20 Minutes).
3. Compressing Streams(10 Minutes).
4. Working with Isolated Storage(15 Minutes).

Chapter 3 : Searching, Modifying and Encoding Text(1 hr 15 mins).
1. Forming Regular Expressions(45 Minutes).
2. Encoding and Decoding(30 Minutes).

Chapter 4 : Collections and Generics(1 hr 45 mins).
1. Collecting Data Items(15 Minutes).
2. Working with Sequential Lists(10 Minutes).
3. Working with Dictionaries(30 Minutes).
4. Using Specialized Collections(30 Minutes).
5. Generic Collections(20 Minutes).

Chapter 5 : Serialization(1 hr 55 mins).
1. Serializing Objects(45 Minutes).
2. XML Serialization(40 Minutes).
3. Custom Serialization(30 Minutes).

Chapter 6 : Graphics(2 hr).
1. Drawing Graphics(60 Minutes).
2. Working with Images(30 Minutes).
3. Formatting Text(30 Minutes).

Chapter 7 : Threading(1 hr 40 mins).
1. Creating Threads(20 Minutes).
2. Sharing Data(40 Minutes).
3. The Asynchronous Programming Model(40 Minutes).

Chapter 8 : Application Domains and Services(1 hr 30 mins).
1. Creating Application Domains(20 Minutes).
2. Configuring Application Domains(25 Minutes).
3. Creating Windows Services(45 Minutes).

Chapter 9 : Installing and Configuring Applications(1 hr 25 mins).
1. Configuring Settings(20 Minutes).
2. Creating an Installer(25 Minutes).
3. Using the .NET Framework 2.0 Configuration Tool(15 Minutes).
4. Configuration Management(25 Minutes).

Chapter 10 : Instrumentation(1 hr 20 mins).
1. Logging Events(20 Minutes).
2. Debugging and Tracing(20 Minutes).
3. Monitoring Performance(20 Minutes).
4. Detecting Management Events(20 Minutes).

Chapter 11 : Application Security(2 hr 30 mins).
1. Understanding Code Access Security(60 Minutes).
2. Using Declarative Security to Protect Assemblies(45 Minutes).
3. Using Declarative and Imperative Security to Protect Methods(45 Minutes).

Chapter 12 : User and Data Security(2 hr 30 mins).
1. Authenticating and Authorizing Users(90 Minutes).
2. Using Access Control Lists(30 Minutes).
3. Encrypting and Decrypting Data(90 Minutes).

Chapter 13 : Interoperation(1 hr).
1. Using COM objects(20 Minutes).
2. Exposing .NET Components to COM(20 Minutes).
3. Using Unmanaged Code(20 Minutes).

Chapter 14 : Reflection(1 hr 25 mins).
1. Understanding Reflection(15 Minutes).
2. Assembly Attributes(20 Minutes).
3. Reflecting Types(25 Minutes).
4. Writing Dynamic Code(15 Minutes).
5. Creating Code at Runtime(10 Minutes).

Chapter 15 : Mail(1 hr).
1. Creating a Mail Message(30 Minutes).
2. Sending Mail(30 Minutes).

Chapter 16 : Globalization(40 mins).
1. Using Culture Information(20 Minutes).
2. Creating Custom Culture(20 Minutes).

Chapter Specified Time Estimated Time Actual Time
1 2.10 8.40 –.–
2 1.05 4.20 –.–
3 1.15 5.00 –.–
4 1.45 7.00 –.–
5 1.55 7.40 –.–
6 2.00 8.00 –.–
7 1.40 6.40 –.–
8 1.30 6.00 –.–
9 1.25 5.40 –.–
10 1.20 5.20 –.–
11 2.30 10.00 –.–
12 3.30 14.00 –.–
13 1.00 4.00 –.–
14 1.25 5.40 –.–
15 1.00 4.00 –.–
16 0.40 2.40 –.–
Total 26.10 hrs 104.40 hrs

* In addition to reading each lesson we have lab exercises which is estimated to be double the specified time for reading.

* In addition to each chapter we have a case scenario which is estimated to be as much as specified time.

* so Total preparation time = total specified time * 4 = 26.10 * 4 = 104.40 hrs.

* Staring date of preparation => 5/11/2007.

* Taking 1 hour for each weekday and 2.30 hr for each weekend day we prepare for 10 hrs each week which will take 10 weeks to complete and 1 day to complete.

* 1 week for relaxation in between

* Estimated Completion date =>
21/01/2008.

* 10 days for practice tests.

* Estimated Exam date => 02/02/2008.

Short term goals :-

Chapter 1 => 11/11/2007 8.40
Chapter 2 => 16/11/2007 4.20
Chapter 3 => 18/11/2007 5.00
Chapter 4 => 24/11/2007 7.00
Chapter 5 => 30/11/2007 7.40
Chapter 6 => 05/12/2007 8.00
Chapter 7 => 09/12/2007 6.40
Chapter 8 => 15/12/2007 6.00
Chapter 9 => 20/12/2008 5.40
Chapter 10 => 23/12/2008 5.20
Chapter 11 => 30/01/2008 10.00
Chapter 12 => 06/01/2008 14.00
Chapter 13 => 10/01/2008 4.00
Chapter 14 => 13/01/2008 5.40
Chapter 15 => 17/01/2008 4.00
Chapter 16 => 19/01/2008 2.40

All the Best !!!!!

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MCTS Exam

November 22, 2007 at 6:09 am (.NET, ASP.NET, Certification, MCTS)

Hi Tech Guys ,

Anybody planning to do MCTS .NET Framework 2.0 , This will be helpful to you. MCTS stands for Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist. It describes that you are specialist in a particular technology. It comes for various technologies such as,

and Many more … for all MCTS exams available see here.

I’m planning to write MCTS for .NET Framework 2.0 Web Application.It involves 2 exams namely,

  • Exam 70–536: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Application Development Foundation
  • Exam 70–528: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 – Web-Based Client Development

I have prepared the schedule to follow to complete Exam 70-536 in about 3 months time(1 hour preparation during weekdays and 2 1\2 hours during weekends).

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