Re: MCAD Resources and advice. help please?
From: Rogers (me_at_mymail.com)
Date: Mon, 17 Jan 2005 00:42:36 -0500
I have managed to procure the official microsoft guides for the exams ill be
taking for the MCAD, do you reckon that oreilly c# book, some actual
practice on visual studio .NET and the MS guides are enough? do i need amit
kalanis books then?
"Rogers" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> Thank you for the thoughtful and detailed reply.
> I think you got me confused here. Im doing an undergrad degree, so i have
> thesis to complete in my 4th year. I will infact have a lower than normal
> courseload because i did summer school. But I understand and appreciate
> fact that this demands a considerable amount of time.
> I did google around for material, the reason i asked here was because I
> some of the discussions and clearly many of you are very knowledgeable
> the subject. just wanted to know what you, from personal experience. think
> is the best book to prepare from.
> also, what are "braindumps"? I googled it and came across sites with
> questions that they claim will help in the exam. I'm a little confused
> though. where did they get these questions from? why is it so looked down
> upon? is it illegal to read those questions? and how would someone be
> out" and what are the "consequences"?
> the MS academy route you suggested sure lets me take the exams cheap, but
> membership itself costs over $1000, totally defeating my purpose. thanks
> anyway though.
> "UAError" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> > "Rogers" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> > >Hello everyone,
> > >
> > >I am a third year student working towards a 4 year bachelors degree in
> > >computer science. I am very comfortable programming in C/C++ and Java
> > >have some experience working with JSP, JDBC, XML etc. I have now
> > >become an MCAD before I grdauate from University. I am aiming for a 6-9
> > >month timeframe.
> > You should probably reconsider. Amit Kalani estimates a
> > minimum of 1 month (~160 hours) of study for one of his
> > guides.
> > So you think you'll be able to find ~540 hours before you
> > graduate? And in fourth year the work going into a thesis
> > tends to compete with your regular course load anyway,
> > without the additional pressure of pursuing a vendor
> > certification.
> > Its not worth risking the completion of your degree for a
> > vendor certification - and an advanced academic standing is
> > probably more conducive to finding that first job than a
> > vendor certification would be - maybe you'll find an
> > employer that will pay for that MCAD.
> > >I have however, never worked in the .NET environment before. I intend
> > >take the C# on windows exam first.
> > You'll probably be able to pick up the language with no
> > problem at all - however that's not what's tested on the
> > exams - its all about the framework. And while .NET has
> > equivalent technologies to the ones you mentioned, it tends
> > to have its own way of doing things.
> > And if you should succumb to the to temptation of
> > braindumps, you should realize that you are going to be
> > found out later - and who knows what the consequences will
> > be.
> > >is this reasonable? am i aiming too high/low?
> > >
> > >also, what is the best material to study for this? right now im reading
> > >oreilly book on C#.
> > Well you can't be having that much extra time on your hands
> > otherwise you would have already found a wealth of
> > information on google. Here are links to two of my earlier
> > posts:
> > >
> > >I'm a poor student and the materials are expensive.
> > >Ive heard about "amit kalani's book". If any of you have this book or
> > >resources (books//guides/exams) in electronic format it could be
> > >you could send them to me. I promise ill make a torrent out of them and
> > >them available on the bittorrent network. that way more people will be
> > >helped.
> > Sorry, no can do, that would be illegal. Just like you
> > expect to be compensated for your efforts after you
> > graduate, both Mr. and Mrs. Kalani should be granted the
> > same privilege. The best free resources are
> > http://msdn.microsoft.com
> > and the codeclinic links
> > http://www.codeclinic.com/70-229skills.htm
> > http://www.codeclinic.com/70-315skills.htm
> > http://www.codeclinic.com/70-316skills.htm
> > http://www.codeclinic.com/70-320skills.htm
> > And in the end you're still going to have to find us$ 125
> > for each of the three exams (total of ~cdn$ 510) regardless
> > how "poor" you are.
> > You may be able to curtail the cost a bit if you can get
> > into the "Microsoft IT Academy Program".
> > Microsoft IT Academy Program - Worldwide
> > http://www.microsoft.com/education/msitacademy/WorldWide/Default.aspx
> > That way the cost for each exam drops to us$75 (the exams
> > then become 72-315, 72-316, 72-320, etc).
> > Kalani's guides are cheap enough (cdn$ 54.59 on-line,
> > probably cheaper used somewhere) insurance for passing as
> > you should not need to invest in pointless exam simulations
> > - provided you do the work.
> > 70-315
> > http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789728222
> > 70-316
> > http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789728230
> > 70-320
> > http://www.amazon.ca/exec/obidos/ASIN/0789728249
> > And believe me those 1200 page tomes don't strain the eyes
> > as much as the equivalent PDF on a computer screen does.
> > >
> > >thank you once again.
> > >
> > >you can send me the resources at
> > >arpitguglani [at] hotmail [dot] com
> > >
> > 'Any fool can write code that a computer can understand.
> > Good programmers write code that humans can understand.'
> > Martin Fowler,
> > 'Refactoring: improving the design of existing code', p.15