Exam 70-504:

TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Workflow

Published:April 14, 2008
Language(s):English, French, German, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified)
Audience(s):Developers
Technology:Microsoft Visual Studio 2008
Type:Proctored Exam

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Exam Topics Covered
Questions that contain code will be presented in either VB or C#. Candidates can select one of these languages when they start the exam.
Audience Profile
Candidates for Exam 70-504 use Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 and the Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 to build applications that automate workflow. Candidates should have a minimum of one year of experience developing either Windows-based or Web-based applications by using the .NET Framework and should be able to demonstrate the following by using Windows Workflow Foundation (WF).
  • A solid understanding of WF in the context of the .NET Framework 3.5 solution stack
  • Experience creating both sequential and state machine workflows
  • Experience using various workflow activities
  • Experience creating custom activities
  • Experience maintaining state in a workflow
  • Experience managing transactions and handling errors in a workflow
Credit Toward CertificationExam 70-504: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5 - Workflow: counts as credit toward the following certification(s):
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Skills Being MeasuredThis 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.

The information after “This objective may include but is not limited to” is intended to further define or scope the objective by describing the types of skills and topics that may be tested for the objective. However, it is not an exhaustive list of skills and topics that could be included on the exam for a given skill area. You may be tested on other skills and topics related to the objective that are not explicitly listed here.
Creating and Hosting Workflows (14 percent)
  • Create state machine workflows.
  • Create sequential workflows.
  • Select workflow authoring mode.
  • Host a workflow and designer in an application.
  • Initialize and manage the workflow life cycle.
  • Modify a workflow at runtime.
Communicating with Workflows (23 percent)
  • Handle events from the host.
  • Call methods on the host.
  • Consume services from a workflow.
  • Expose workflow as a service.
Creating and Configuring Custom Activities (25 percent)
  • Create custom activities.
  • Create custom composite activities.
  • Define custom activity layout.
  • Add dependency properties.
  • Communicate with the host from a custom activity.
  • Customize activity serialization.
Applying Rules and Conditions (13 percent)
  • Write rule sets.
  • Define rule chaining, priority, and property dependency.
  • Change rules at runtime.
  • Execute rule sets.
  • Implement conditional branching logic.
Managing Transactions and Compensations (13 percent)
  • Create and manage transactional workflows.
  • Create and handle compensations.
  • Enlist batch process in a transaction.
  • Perform exception handling.
  • Handle cancellations.
Creating and Managing Runtime Services (12 percent)
  • Create a runtime service.
  • Hydrate and dehydrate workflows.
  • Track workflows.
  • Monitor workflows.
Preparation Tools and ResourcesTo help you prepare for this exam, Microsoft Learning recommends that you have hands-on experience with the product and that you use the following training resources. These training resources do not necessarily cover all of the topics listed in the "Skills Measured" tab.
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Microsoft Online Resources
  • Microsoft Visual Studio 2008 – Learning Portal: Find special offers and information on training and certification.
  • Product information: Visit the Windows Workflow Foundation Web site for detailed technology information.
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