Visual Studio

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    August 02, 2010
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  • Technology:
    Visual Studio 2008
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Web Development Fundamentals

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Skills measured

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Programming web applications (20-25%)
  • 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

Preparation resources

Working with data and services (20-25%)
  • 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

Preparation resources

Troubleshooting and debugging web applications (20-25%)
  • 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

Preparation resources

Working with client-side scripting (15-20%)
  • 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

Preparation resources

Configuring and deploying web applications (15-20%)
  • 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 resources

Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove core knowledge and skills in creating web-based applications by using Microsoft Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, and C# or Microsoft Visual Basic .NET. It is recommended that candidates be familiar with the concepts of and have hands-on experience with the technologies described here either by taking relevant training courses or by working with tutorials and samples available on MSDN and in Microsoft Visual Studio.

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