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  • Published:
    July 2, 2010
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  • Technology:
    Microsoft Visual Studio 2012
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TS: Web Applications Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

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Skills measured

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Developing web forms pages (19%)
  • Configure web forms pages
    • Page directives such as ViewState, request validation, event validation, MasterPageFile; ClientIDMode; using web.config; setting the html doctype
    • This objective does not include: referencing a master page; adding a title to a web form
  • Implement master pages and themes
    • Creating and applying themes; adding multiple content placeholders; nested master pages; control skins; passing messages between master pages; switching between themes at runtime; loading themes at run time; applying a validation schema
    • This objective does not include: creating a master page; basic content pages
  • Implement globalization
    • Resource files, browser files, CurrentCulture, currentUICulture, ASP:Localize
  • Handle page life cycle events
    • IsPostback, IsValid, dynamically creating controls, control availability within the page life cycle, accessing control values on postback, overriding page events
  • Implement caching
    • Data caching; page output caching; control output caching; cache dependencies; setting cache lifetimes; substitution control
    • This objective does not include: distributed caching (Velocity)
  • Manage state
    • Server-side technologies, for example, session and application; client-side technologies, for example, cookies and ViewState; configuring session state (in proc, state server, Microsoft SQL Server; cookieless); session state compression; persisting data by using ViewState; compressing ViewState; moving ViewState

Preparation resources

Developing and using web forms controls (18%)
  • Validate user input
    • Client side, server side, and via AJAX; custom validation controls; regex validation; validation groups; datatype check; jQuery validation
    • This objective does not include: RangeValidator and RequiredValidator
  • Create page layout
    • AssociatedControlID; Web parts; navigation controls; FileUpload controls
    • This objective does not include: label; placeholder, panel controls; CSS, HTML, referencing CSS files, inlining
  • Implement user controls
    • a control; adding a user control; referencing a user control; dynamically loading a user control; custom event; custom properties; setting toolbox visibility
  • Implement server controls
    • Composite controls, INamingContainer, adding a server control to the toolbox, global assembly cache, creating a custom control event, globally registering from web.config; TypeConverters
    • This objective does not include: postback data handler, custom databound controls, templated control
  • Manipulate user interface controls from code-behind
    • HTML encoding to avoid cross-site scripting, navigating through and manipulating the control hierarchy; FindControl; controlRenderingCompatibilityVersion; URL encoding; RenderOuterTable
    • This objective does not include: visibility, text, enabled properties

Preparation resources

Implementing client-side scripting and AJAX (16%)
  • Add dynamic features to a page by using JavaScript
    • Referencing client ID; script manager; script combining; Page.clientscript.registerclientscriptblock; Page.clientscript.registerclientscriptinclude; sys.require (scriptloader)
    • This objective does not include: interacting with the server; referencing JavaScript files; inlining JavaScript
  • Alter a page dynamically by manipulating the DOM
    • Using jQuery, adding, modifying, or removing page elements, adding effects, jQuery selectors
    • This objective does not include: AJAX
  • Handle JavaScript events
    • DOM events, custom events, handling events by using jQuery
  • Implement ASP.NET AJAX
    • Client-side templating, creating a script service, extenders (ASP.NET AJAX control toolkit), interacting with the server, Microsoft AJAX client library, custom extenders; multiple update panels; triggers; UpdatePanel.UpdateMode; timer
    • This objective does not include: basic update panel and progress
  • Implement AJAX by using jQuery
    • $.get, $.post, $.getJSON, $.ajax, xml, html, JavaScript Object Notation (JSON), handling return types
    • This objective does not include: creating a service

Preparation resources

Configuring and extending a web application (15%)
  • Configure authentication and authorization
    • Using membership, using login controls, roles, location element, protecting an area of a site or a page
    • This objective does not include: Windows Live; Microsoft Passport; Windows and forms authentication
  • Configure providers
    • Role, membership, personalization, aspnet_regsql.exe
    • This objective does not include: creating custom providers
  • Create and configure HttpHandlers and HttpModules
    • Generic handlers, asynchronous handlers, setting MIME types and other content headers, wiring modules to application events
  • Configure initialization and error handling
    • Handling Application_Start, Session_Start, and Application_BeginRequest in global.asax, capturing unhandled exceptions, custom error section of web.config, redirecting to an error page; try and catch; creating custom exceptions
  • Reference and configure ASMX and WCF services
    • Adding service reference, adding web reference, changing endpoints, wsdl.exe, svcutil.exe; updating service URL; shared WCF contracts assembly
    • This objective does not include: creating WCF and ASMX services
  • Configure projects and solutions, and reference assemblies
    • Local assemblies, shared assemblies (global assembly cache), web application projects, solutions, settings file, configuring a web application by using web.config or multiple .config files; assemblyinfo
  • Debug a web application
    • Remote, local, JavaScript debugging, attaching to process, logging and tracing, using local IIS, aspnet_regiis.exe
  • Deploy a web application
    • Pre-compilation, publishing methods (e.g., MSDeploy, xcopy, and FTP), deploying an MVC application
    • This objective does not include: application pools, IIS configuration

Preparation resources

Displaying and manipulating data (19%)
  • Implement data-bound controls
    • Advanced customization of DataList, Repeater, ListView, FormsView, DetailsView, TreeView, DataPager, Chart, GridView
    • This objective does not include: working in design mode
  • Implement DataSource controls
    • ObjectDataSource, LinqDataSource, XmlDataSource, SqlDataSource, QueryExtender, EntityDataSource
    • This objective does not include: AccessDataSource, SiteMapDataSource
  • Query and manipulate data by using LINQ
    • Transforming data by using LINQ to create XML or JSON, LINQ to SQL, LINQ to entities, LINQ to objects, managing DataContext lifetime
    • This objective does not include: basic LINQ to SQL
  • Create and consume a data service
    • WCF, web service; server to server calls; JSON serialization, XML serialization
    • This objective does not include: client side, ADO.NET data services
  • Create and configure a dynamic data project
    • Dynamic data controls, custom field templates; connecting to DataContext and ObjectContext

Preparation resources

Developing a web application by using ASP.NET MVC 2 (13%)
  • Create custom routes
    • Route constraints, route defaults, ignore routes, custom route parameters
  • Create controllers and actions
    • Visual Studio support for right-click context menus; action filters (including Authorize, AcceptVerbs, and custom) and model binders; ActionResult sub-classes
  • Structure an ASP.NET MVC application
    • Single project areas (for example, route registration, Visual Studio tooling, and inter-area links); organizing controllers into areas; shared views; content files and folders
  • Create and customize views
    • Built-in and custom HTML helpers (for example, HTML.RenderAction and HTML.RenderPartial), strongly typed views, static page checking, templated input helpers, ViewMasterPage, ViewUserControl
    • This objective does not include: Microsoft.Web.Mvc futures assembly

Preparation resources

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are professional Web developers who use Microsoft Visual Studio. Candidates should have a minimum of two to three years of experience developing Web-based applications by using Visual Studio and Microsoft ASP.NET. Candidates should be experienced users of Visual Studio 2008 and later releases and should have a fundamental knowledge of the .NET Framework 4 programming languages (C# or Microsoft Visual Basic). In addition, candidates should understand how to use the new features of Visual Studio 2010 and the .NET Framework 4.

Candidates should also have a minimum of one year of experience with the following:

  • Accessing data by using Microsoft ADO.NET and LINQ
  • Creating and consuming Web and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) services
  • State management
  • ASP.NET configuration
  • Debugging and deployment
  • Application and page life-cycle management
  • Security aspects such as authentication and authorization
  • Client-side scripting languages
  • Internet Information Server (IIS)

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