70-315 Exam Preparation

Thought of outlining how I'm preparing for the (70-315) Web Applications exam.

Step 1: I started out by reading the three recommended MOC courses (ASP.NET, ADO.NET, Upgrading To ASP.NET). One advantage that I have being an MCT is that I can download the Trainer kits for all the MOC courses.

Step 2: I tried one of the Transcender exams and scored 820/1000 which was a fail (850 was the pass mark) but hey I'm happy. Usually the Transcender exams that I have taken are very much harder than the final exam but this Transcender was much easier. Which means that either this particular Transcender exam was not tough enough or I have really studied well ;)

Step 3: Right now I'm going through the study guide over at Cramsession, this is sort of a revision of all the areas that I have covered, once I have done this I will try to skim through Tim's 70-315 links and spend some time reading areas that I am not sure of. After that it will be a good dose of Transcender exams before I take the final exam in two days time. If you need help studying for your exam then consider getting a tutor.

Path to MCSD.NET

I suddenly realised that September is creeping up next month and I have not been able to do a single Microsoft certification on the .NET exams.

So I've now taken on a sort of Mission Impossible trying to do the five exams to get my MCSD.NET before 31-Sep. I will be starting with the Web Development exam next Tuesday and do two more this month and then try the other two next month. All current MCSD get a free voucher for the Analysing Requirements exam until 31.

This is going to be my certification track.

Exam 70-315: Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual C#"! .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
Exam 70-316: Developing and Implementing Windows-based Applications with Microsoft Visual C# .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio .NET
Exam 70-320: Developing XML Web Services and Server Components with Microsoft Visual C# and the Microsoft .NET Framework
Exam 70-300: Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures
Exam 70-229: Designing and Implementing Databases with Microsoft SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition

Tracking Accounts using Microsoft Money

I've started using Microsoft Money to keep track of all my accounts. This is a really powerful tool that every professional must have in order to be better able to manage their income.

You could either use Microsoft Money or Quicken to track your personal accounts, feature-wise both of them seem to be exactly the same so I chose Money since it's from Microsoft (easier learning curve and excellent Help) and I also have the registered version for PocketPC that came with my iPaq.

MCP, MCAD, MCSE, MCSD Numbers Worldwide

Microsoft has a page which lists the statistics of the number of certified professionals worldwide which is updated on a monthly basis.

I somehow lost this link and couldn't even find it through google. Anyway I accidentally came across this today when browsing the certification pages so here it is.

Electronic Voting in India

Looks like India is getting ahead of the western countries by implementing it's whole voting system electronically. India needs nearly one million (EVMs) Electronic Voting Machines to cover the entire country. [more]

Blogging from Home

Finally got my machine setup at home. Windows XP gave a weird problem the power went off suddenly and the next time I booted up the machine the it gave an ‘Unmountable boot disk error’ and I was only able to fix the problem by booting with the Windows XP Setup CD and then running chkdsk as was instructed by the KB article.

Motorola making Microsoft Smart-phones

Microsoft is slowly breaking into the phone market. Motorola has just announced that they would be creating phones running Microsoft Smart-phone software.

I can't wait for the day when smart-phones will be available for less than Rs. 10k/- ($ 100/-)