Exam 98-363

Web Development Fundamentals

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  • Published: August 02, 2010
  • Languages: English
  • Audiences: Academic
  • Technology: Visual Studio 2008
  • Credit toward certification: MTA

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

  • Customize the layout and appearance of a web page

    • CSS; tables; embedding images; page layout for navigation

  • Understand ASP.NET intrinsic objects

    • Request; Server; Application; Session; Response; HttpContext

  • Understand state information in web applications

    • Understand how state is stored based on application design and hardware; understand different types such as session state, view state, control state, and application state

  • Understand events and control page flow

    • Application and page life cycle events; page events; control events; application events; session events; cross-page posting; Response.Redirect; Server.Transfer; IsPostBack; setting AutoEventWireup

  • Understand controls

    • Understanding various types of controls, including user, server, web, and validation controls; know which is the appropriate type of control for a scenario

  • Understand configuration files

    • Understanding the usage of web.config and machine.config, and the settings that can be made

  • Read and write XML data

    • Understanding XML, XML validation

    • Does not include: Web services; XPath syntax; XmlDocument; XPathNavigator; XPathNodeIterator; XPathDocument; XmlReader; XmlWriter; XmlDataDocument; XmlNamespaceManager

  • Distinguish between DataSet and DataReader objects

    • The ability to choose the proper data object to use based on application requirements/design

  • Call a service from a web page

    • Creating a basic WCF service or web service so that it can be consumed; App_WebReferences; configuration

  • Understand DataSource controls

    • LinqDataSource: ObjectDataSource; XmlDataSource; SqlDataSource

  • Bind controls to data by using data binding syntax

    • Ensure that data is updated and displayed in data-aware controls

  • Manage data connections and databases

    • Database connections; connection objects; connection pools; transaction objects

  • Debug a web application

    • Use in conjunction with custom error pages to display appropriate error information to the appropriate user; implement tracing of a web application, Trace.axd, Trace=True on @Page directive

  • Handle web application errors

    • HTTP error codes

  • Understand client-side scripting

    • Purpose of client-side scripting; various client-side scripting languages

  • Understand AJAX concepts

    • ASP.NET AJAX implementation; working with client-side libraries, EnablePartialRendering, Triggers, ChildrenAsTriggers, Scripts, Services, UpdateProgress, Timer, ScriptManagerProxy, extender controls

  • Configure authentication and authorization

    • Forms authentication, Windows authentication; authorization; file authorization; impersonation

    • Does not include: Windows Cardspace authentication, Passport (Windows Live ID) authentication, Custom authentication

  • Configure projects, solutions, and reference assemblies

    • Local assemblies; shared assemblies (GAC); web application projects; solutions; configuration files; AppSettings

  • Publish web applications

    • Choosing the appropriate method to deploy an application based on existing or intended environment; updatable vs. not updateable; MSI deployment; Internet Information Server (IIS) installation and configuration

  • Understand application pools

    • Purpose of application pools; effect of application pools on web applications

    • Does not include: Configuring or assigning application pools

Preparation options

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    Test bank for this exam has some surprising errors

    Posted by David Bending on 14 May 2013 at 10:17 GMT

    I'm just working though the test bank for this exam.  Some of the questions in there contain some shocking errors.  I'm hoping there is a review/reissue cycle happening.  Here's a couple of examples:

    2. What is embedded into HTML for the browser to run when Java applets are downloaded with HTML as separate files?

    a) VBScript

    b) AJAX object

    c) COM object

    d) JavaScript


    Answer: d

    Difficulty: Easy

    Section Reference: Understanding Client-Side Scripting

    Explanation: JavaScript is embedded into HTML for the browser to run when Java applets are downloaded with HTML as separate files. JavaScript consists of text-based commands.


    3. Where would you run JavaScript?

    a) IE virtual machine

    b) Hyper-V Virtual Machine

    c) VMWare virtual machine

    d) Java Virtual Machine


    Answer: d

    Difficulty: Easy

    Section Reference: Understanding Client-Side Scripting

    Explanation: The files that JavaScript embeds into HTML are run on the locally installed Java Virtual Machine (JVM).

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