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Passed 70-528!
With my hectic schedule, I was still able to squeak in an MCP exam recently.  I passed the 70-528 TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Web-Based Client Development exam with a 982!  Time permitting, I'll post some links that helped me quite a bit with the preparation.  I guess I haven't decided yet which exam to take next, but now I have my MCTS - Web Development...

Posted On Tuesday, August 29, 2006 4:00 PM

Compression and GZipStream
When I was studying for the 70-536 exam, I concentrated heavily on streams as it was a good portion of the exam. One stream that stuck in my mind the most was the GZipStream which encompasses the industry standard for lossless file compression and decompression in the GZip format. As I always did during the reading process was to whip up little examples of using each technology. I decided to create a little example of how to use the GZipStream in a few lines of code while compressing a known document. ......

Posted On Wednesday, June 21, 2006 1:06 PM

Passed Exam 70-536 - Application Development Foundation
A few days ago, I posted some links for study guides and links for the 70-536 exam. Well, it worked nicely for me as I passed with a 982! I know I missed one question on COM Interop because the way they were talking about returning an HRESULT to a COM caller is not the way I would do it. I chose the C# version since I've done most of my work in C# so far with Visual Studio 2005, although I could have done the C++ version just as easily. I already have the MCSD and the MCDBA, but I thought I'd try ......

Posted On Friday, June 16, 2006 11:15 AM

Microsoft Certified Architect Program Now Live
In the latest Microsoft Certified Professional Magazine, it was announced that after a little delay, that the Microsoft Certified Architect Program (MCAP) has gone live. This program takes those with at least ten years of experience in the architecture field with both Microsoft and non-Microsoft products. In the first year, they are only announcing 250 slots, so get in line!. To this date, Microsoft has certified 66 and plans to grant 3,000 within the next five to seven years. The cost of this program ......

Posted On Thursday, June 15, 2006 3:04 PM

Resources for the 70-536 Certification Exam: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0 - Application Development Foundation
As I am studying for the 70-536 exam, I came across this really helpful link that has a lot of reference material linked from the MSDN that contains general topics that will be covered in the exam which can be found here. Mike G. did a really great job! I'm definitely using this to my advantage in terms of study material. This is not a brain dump, but instead a good study guide that provides links to classes that will be covered as well as several "How-Tos" that will be essential to pass this exam. ......

Posted On Tuesday, June 13, 2006 6:19 AM

.NET Code Access Security for fun and profit
In my coding, I've always been careful about which operations are permitted and which are not. I took a lot of lessons learned when I studied for and passed 70-340 Implementing Security for Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET. Anyhow, I want to run through a few examples of what I have been doing as a best practice. As I go along in time, I'll run through more useful examples and how they apply to the enterprise. Believe me, in the world today, companies are becoming increasingly interested ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 3:10 PM

Studying for the MCPD
I recently joined the ViennaMCSD group which is studying for the MCPD. I got my MCSD a year ago and now in the process of studying to upgrade it. I think this is a pretty worthwhile group if you are interested in studying for the certification in a group setting. In the future, I should probably look to upgrade my MCDBA as well and even look at the new BizTalk certifications. I see that they still don't have any SharePoint exams at this juncture which I think it interesting ......

Posted On Monday, May 8, 2006 8:28 AM

Passed MCP Exam 70-301
After postponing the exam for so many months, I've decided to finally take the 70-301 Managing, Organizing, and Delivering IT Projects by Using Microsoft Solutions Framework 3.0 exam. Being that I have a background in process and CMMI, I found this exam not to be too hard, but more of common sense when it comes to the project management and risk management areas. I found the best way to pass is to study the following areas: Foundation Principles of MSF (Open communication, shared vision, empowerment, ......

Posted On Thursday, May 4, 2006 5:00 PM

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