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Getting Ready for Microsoft Silverlight Exam 70-506: E-book


Getting Ready for Microsoft Silverlight Exam 70-506

Author: Gill Cleeren.

Price: $9.99 | $5.99 (till Jan 20th, 2014)  Add to Cart

Number of pages: 508
Release date: July 2011 

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This e-book is based on SilverlightShow 7-part article series ‘Getting ready for Microsoft Silverlight Exam 70-506’. While the online article series give references to many external resources, several for one topic, in this e-book we picked the best resource covering the topic, and have included it as full text, together with links to source code where available. Note: approximately 85% of the resources selected are available in full, the rest of the resources are still included as links due to lack of copy permissions or inability to reach the the respective authors.

This e-book collects a total of 100+ articles in full.

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From the author: Silverlight is a rapidly evolving technology. Over a time span of 3 years, it has evolved from being a JavaScript-based platform to a full .NET implementation. With 4 versions released and version 5 in the pipeline at the time of writing, Silverlight has more versions than .NET! That makes it hard for book writers such as me to keep up with new features being added.

It seems to me that it’s also difficult to create and manage exams about Silverlight. For the previous versions of Silverlight, there weren’t any exams available. Silverlight 4 is the first version of which an exam is being created. It was possible to take the beta-exam late 2010; the exam will be officially open in Q1 2011. More information about the exam can be found here: http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-506&Locale=en-us

With this guide, I aim to make the preparation for the exam a bit easier.

Goal and approach to getting ready

At this point, there’s no official courseware available to study for the exam. In any case, you should therefore be familiar already with Silverlight development. Reading some books on Silverlight will help as well. The list below contains some links to books available for Silverlight 4:

On top of that, reading articles and blog posts will help you in passing the exam. In this e-book, I try to create an extensive list of resources along with some explanation on the topic at hand that contain the information you need to know. To structure this, we’ll follow the list of topics described by Microsoft on the exam outline page (http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en/us/Exam.aspx?ID=70-506&Locale=en-us#tab2):

  • Laying Out a User Interface (15%)
  • Enhancing the User Interface (14%)
  • Implementing Application Logic (16%)
  • Working with Data (17%)
  • Interacting with a Host Platform (11%)
  • Structuring Applications (13%)
  • Deploying Applications (13%)

(Small note: the outlined percentages total 99%, so you’ll probably get 1% for entering your name!)

We hope you will enjoy this e-book, and wish you good luck with taking the exam!  

Drop us a note to editorial at silverlightshow.net when you got certified after reading this e-book – we’d be happy to spread the news! We are also encouraging you to send any feedback you have on this e-book.

About the author:

Gill Cleeren is Microsoft Regional Director (www.theregion.com), Silverlight MVP (former ASP.NET MVP), INETA speaker bureau member and Silverlight Insider. He lives in Belgium where he works as .NET architect at Ordina. Passionate about .NET, he’s always playing with the newest bits. In his role as Regional Director, Gill has given many sessions, webcasts and trainings on new as well as existing technologies, such as Silverlight, ASP.NET and WPF at conferences including TechEd Berlin 2010, TechDays Belgium, DevDays NL, NDC Oslo Norway, SQL Server Saturday Switserland, Spring Conference UK, Silverlight Roadshow in Sweden… He’s also the author of many articles in various developer magazines and for SilverlightShow.net. He organizes the yearly Community Day event in Belgium.

He also leads Visug (www.visug.be), the largest .NET user group in Belgium. Gill recently published his first book: “Silverlight 4 Data and Services Cookbook” (Packt Publishing). You can find his blog at www.snowball.be. Gill tweets from @gillcleeren.