ASP.NET 3.5 and ADO.NET 3.5 beta exam update

Notes on recently taken .NET 3.5 exams [more]

Beta exam period for MCTS ASP.NET and ADO.NET 3.5 is nearing its end and just got back from the two straight beta exam marathon today. I’m hoping I will still make those two despite lack of preparation but I did learn a lot and it was worth sleeping only for a 2-3 hrs just to make it there. Came in late also and a good thing the folks at Ateneo Professional Schools Prometric Testing Center (Dela Costa St) was kind enough to still let me take my exams.

As we all know, takers are bound by the non disclosure agreement for the exam so I can’t provide you the answers that I do remember.

But I would like to share though that the prep guide was more than helpful in preparing for the exam

ASP.NET 3.5 MCTS Prep Guide, ADO.NET 3.5 MCTS Prep Guide

Unlike previous exams which were vague and had entries that were not covered by the exam (a very low signal to noise ratio so to speak), I’m quite impressed with this one. Most if not all of the items (at least those I got) in the exam is directly or at least very closely related to those mentioned in the prep guides. The weights of each objective are helpful to (higher percentaged objectives had more items on the exam indeed).

It’s worth noting too that if you base on the exam the trend for ASP.NET is towards AJAX and communication wtih services (ASMX, WCF) while for ADO.NET it is moving towards conceptual models, linq, entity and for some reason synchronization.

Hope this helps anyone who’ll take the exam within a few hours remaining or just for the sake of getting a head start on these two upgraded technologies.