Friday, 20 July 2012

70-511 Windows App Dev Certification

Happy to share that I have cleared the exam for the - 70-511 TS: Windows Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4 - certification.

The exam is a tough one covering almost all the topics with sufficient depth.

How did I prepare?
- I took a hard look at the 'skills measured' or the exam objectives to find out what I knew well and what I didn't.
- Bought these two books:


  
WPF 4 Unleashed and MSPress Self-Paced Training Kit

- WPF Unleashed I basically read almost from cover to cover, except few topics like 3D and easing functions (3d is not in exam but easing function is, I just didn't have time in the end to cover easing functions)
- MSPress book also I went through all chapters.
- But these things would not matter if you don't have experience of at least 1.5-2 years of developing real world WPF applications.

Benefits:
I have certainly gained a deep understanding of the technology and appreciate it a lot more now. There are few things that I did not know, for instance animation classes are really easy and wonderful to use. In my job, coding in WPF has become a lot more 'flowy', now there are no apprehensions/doubt about how some parts of the framework work.

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