MCPD Self-Paced Training Kit (Exam 70-548): Designing and Developing Windows -Based Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework



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Ace your preparation for the skills measured by MCPD Exam 70-548—and on the job. Work at your own pace through a series of lessons and reviews that fully cover each exam objective. Then, reinforce what you’ve learned by applying your knowledge to real-world case scenarios and labs. This official Microsoft study guide is designed to help you make the most of your study time.

Maximize your performance on the exam by learning to:

  • Build and validate a Windows client application prototype
  • Create a consistent user interface using MDI, SDI, and control grouping
  • Design, develop, and implement Windows client application components
  • Develop mechanisms for data access, exception handing, event logging, and application feedback
  • Define, assess, and implement a testing strategy
  • Validate a deployment plan to determine readiness


Assess your skills with practice tests on CD. You can work through hundreds of questions using multiple testing modes to meet your specific learning needs. You get detailed explanations for right and wrong answers—including a customized learning path that describes how and where to focus your studies.

Your kit includes:

  • 15% exam discount from Microsoft. (Limited time offer). Details inside.
  • Official self-paced study guide.
  • Practice tests with multiple, customizable testing options and a learning plan based on your results.
  • 400+ practice and review questions.
  • Case scenarios and lab exercises.
  • Microsoft Visual Basic and Visual C# code samples on CD.
  • 90-day evaluation version of Microsoft Visual Studio 2005 Professional Edition.
  • Fully searchable eBook of this guide.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780735623392
  • Publisher: Microsoft Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2007
  • Edition description: Book & CD-ROM
  • Pages: 704
  • Product dimensions: 7.56 (w) x 9.16 (h) x 2.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Mike Snell, MCPD, MCSD, is a Microsoft® Regional Director with 20 years of software development and consulting experience. He has written several books on Visual Studio® and .NET.

Bruce Johnson is a 25-year veteran of the computer industry with a passion for system design and development. He coauthored MCPD Self-Paced Training Kits for Exams 70-548 and 70-547.

Brian C. Lanham specializes in developing Windows and Web based applications using the .NET Framework.

I am a Microsoft C# MVP and the founder of Wildermuth Consulting Services, LLC, a company that is dedicated to delivering software and training solutions in the Atlanta, Georgia area. I am also a speaker on the INEA Speaker's Bureau and have appeared at several national conferences to speak on a variety of subjects. I am the author of the book "Pragmatic ADO.NET", the upcoming "Prescriptive Data Architectures", both for Addison-Wesley as well as co-author of several certification books for Microsoft Press. I have been writing articles for a number of years for a variety of magazines and websites, including MSDN, MSDN Online, DevSource, The ServerSide .NET, and Intel's Rich Client Series. I have enjoyed building data-driven software for more than twenty years.

Sara Morgan, MCSD, MCDBA, specializes in Web-based applications and the author of Building Intelligent .NET Applications: Agents, Data Mining, Rule-Based Systems, and Speech Processing.

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Table of Contents

About the Authors;
Shawn Wildermuth;
Mike Snell;
Bruce Johnson;
Kristy Saunders;
Hardware Requirements;
Software Requirements;
Using the CD and DVD;
Microsoft Certified Professional Program;
Technical Support;
Evaluation Edition Software Support;
Chapter 1: Application Requirements and Design;
1.1 Before You Begin;
1.2 Lesson 1: Evaluate Requirements and Propose a Design;
1.3 Lesson 2: Create a Proof-of-Concept Prototype to Refine an Application’s Design;
1.4 Chapter Review;
1.5 Chapter Summary;
1.6 Key Terms;
1.7 Case Scenario;
1.8 Suggested Practices;
1.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 2: Decompose Specifications for Developers;
2.1 Before You Begin;
2.2 Lesson 1: Define Objects and Their Relationships (Create a Logical Model);
2.3 Lesson 2: Define Application Layers (Create a Logical Architecture);
2.4 Lesson 3: Create Application (Physical) Models for Developers;
2.5 Chapter Review;
2.6 Chapter Summary;
2.7 Key Terms;
2.8 Case Scenario;
2.9 Suggested Practices;
2.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 3: Design Evaluation;
3.1 Before You Begin;
3.2 Lesson 1: Evaluating the Logical Design;
3.3 Lesson 2: Evaluating the Physical Design;
3.4 Chapter Review;
3.5 Chapter Summary;
3.6 Key Terms;
3.7 Case Scenarios;
3.8 Suggested Practices;
3.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 4: Define a Common User Interface Layout;
4.1 Before You Begin;
4.2 Lesson 1: Evaluate Requirements and Choose an Appropriate Layout for the Visual Interface;
4.3 Lesson 2: Define a Strategy to Implement a Common UI Layout;
4.4 Lesson 3: Understand and Standardize Control Usage;
4.5 Chapter Review;
4.6 Chapter Summary;
4.7 Key Terms;
4.8 Case Scenario;
4.9 Suggested Practices;
4.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 5: Validation and User Feedback;
5.1 Before You Begin;
5.2 Lesson 1: Validating Data;
5.3 Lesson 2: Providing Feedback;
5.4 Chapter Review;
5.5 Chapter Summary;
5.6 Key Terms;
5.7 Case Scenarios;
5.8 Suggested Practices;
5.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 6: Component Design;
6.1 Before You Begin;
6.2 Lesson 1: Database Design;
6.3 Lesson 2: Designing a Component;
6.4 Lesson 3: Component Features;
6.5 Chapter Review;
6.6 Chapter Summary;
6.7 Key Terms;
6.8 Case Scenarios;
6.9 Suggested Practices;
6.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 7: Component Development;
7.1 Before You Begin;
7.2 Lesson 1: Implementing Component Features;
7.3 Lesson 2: Developing Data Access Components;
7.4 Lesson 3: Component Infrastructure;
7.5 Chapter Review;
7.6 Chapter Summary;
7.7 Key Terms;
7.8 Case Scenarios;
7.9 Suggested Practices;
7.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 8: Instrumenting Your Application;
8.1 Before You Begin;
8.2 Lesson 1: When Should an Application Be Instrumented?;
8.3 Lesson 2: Storing the Data;
8.4 Lesson 3: Using an Instrumentation Framework;
8.5 Chapter Review;
8.6 Chapter Summary;
8.7 Key Terms;
8.8 Case Scenarios;
8.9 Suggested Practices;
8.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 9: Building Components;
9.1 Before You Begin;
9.2 Lesson 1: Make, Buy, or Extend;
9.3 Lesson 2: Implementation Practices;
9.4 Chapter Review;
9.5 Chapter Summary;
9.6 Key Terms;
9.7 Case Scenarios;
9.8 Suggested Practices;
9.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 10: Handling Exceptions;
10.1 Before You Begin;
10.2 Lesson 1: The Goals of Exception Handling;
10.3 Lesson 2: Application-Wide Exception Handling;
10.4 Chapter Review;
10.5 Chapter Summary;
10.6 Key Terms;
10.7 Case Scenarios;
10.8 Suggested Practices;
10.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 11: Application Configuration;
11.1 Before You Begin;
11.2 Lesson 1: What Should Be Stored?;
11.3 Lesson 2: The Choices for Persistence;
11.4 Lesson 3: Formatting Settings in Storage;
11.5 Chapter Review;
11.6 Chapter Summary;
11.7 Key Terms;
11.8 Case Scenarios;
11.9 Suggested Practices;
11.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 12: Define and Evaluate a Testing Strategy;
12.1 Before You Begin;
12.2 Lesson 1: Creating a Unit Testing Strategy;
12.3 Lesson 2: Evaluating the Integration, Stress, and Performance Test Strategies;
12.4 Chapter Review;
12.5 Chapter Summary;
12.6 Key Terms;
12.7 Case Scenario;
12.8 Suggested Practices;
12.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 13: Creating Development Tests;
13.1 Before You Begin;
13.2 Lesson 1: Creating Effective Unit Tests;
13.3 Lesson 2: Performing a Code Review;
13.4 Lesson 3: Evaluating and Fixing a Bug;
13.5 Chapter Review;
13.6 Chapter Summary;
13.7 Key Terms;
13.8 Case Scenarios;
13.9 Suggested Practices;
13.10 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 14: Deploying an Application;
14.1 Before You Begin;
14.2 Lesson 1: Deploying the Application;
14.3 Lesson 2: Making Sure It’s Ready to Run;
14.4 Chapter Review;
14.5 Chapter Summary;
14.6 Key Terms;
14.7 Case Scenarios;
14.8 Suggested Practices;
14.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 15: Supporting an Application;
15.1 Before You Begin;
15.2 Lesson 1: You Can Tune an Application...;
15.3 Lesson 2: Application Flow-Logic Diagrams;
15.4 Chapter Review;
15.5 Chapter Summary;
15.6 Key Terms;
15.7 Case Scenarios;
15.8 Suggested Practices;
15.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 16: Multimedia in Windows Applications;
16.1 Before You Begin;
16.2 Lesson 1: Choosing a Delivery Format;
16.3 Lesson 2: Building a Delivery Mechanism;
16.4 Chapter Review;
16.5 Chapter Summary;
16.6 Key Terms;
16.7 Case Scenario;
16.8 Suggested Practices;
16.9 Take a Practice Test;
Chapter 1: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 1: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 2: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 2: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 3: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 3: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 4: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 4: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 5: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 5: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 6: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 6: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 7: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 7: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 8: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 8: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 9: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 9: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 10: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 10: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 11: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 11: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 12: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 12: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 13: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 13: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 14: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 14: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 15: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 15: Case Scenario Answers;
Chapter 16: Lesson Review Answers;
Chapter 16: Case Scenario Answer;
Exam 70-547: PRO: Designing and Developing Web-Based Applications Using the Microsoft .NET Framework;
Additional Resources for C# Developers;
Additional Resources for Visual Basic Developers;

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