MCSD Analyzing Requirements and Defining .NET Solution Architectures Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-300)

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Press:Macmillan Computer Pub Que (May 2, 2003)
Publication Date:2003-4
Author Name:Cornish, Randy (EDT)/ Moore, Thomas/ Pavoni, Don/ Rockenbach, Eric/ Cornish, Randy/ Tittel, Ed (EDT)


MCSD Analyzing Requirements and Defining .NET Solution Architectures Exam Cram 2 (Exam 70-300) helps you pass the 70-300 exam, which is a core exam in the MCSD .NET track and measures the ability to analyze requirements and define Microsoft .NET solution architectures. 
This exam is extremely tricky, widely considered the most difficult of any MCSD exams because of its emphasis on case studies as well as its demand that candidates have at least two years of hands-on experience.
This book is not intended to teach new material.
Instead, it assumes that you have a solid foundation of knowledge but could use a refresher on important concepts, as well as a guide to exam topics and objectives.
The book features test-taking strategies, time-saving study tips, and a special Cram Sheet that includes tips, acronyms, and memory joggers not available anywhere else! The Cram Sheet is especially useful for last-minute review before the test begins.
The CD features PrepLogic¿ Practice Tests, Preview Edition.
This product includes one complete PrepLogic Practice Test with approximately the same number of questions found on the actual vendor exam.
Each question contains full, detailed explanations of the correct and incorrect answers.
The engine offers two study modes, Practice Test and Flash Review, full exam customization, and a detailed score report.
The best-selling Exam Cram 2 series is supported online at, offering industry news, study tips, practice questions, and discussion forums.
Each book is published under the direction of Series Editor Ed Tittel, the leading authority on IT certification.
This book has been subjected to rigorous technical review by a team of industry experts, ensuring content is superior in both coverage and technical accuracy, and has earned the distinction of Cramsession¿ Approved Study Material.

About the Author

Randy Cornish, MCSD, is an experienced "classic" Visual Basic and .NET developer and application architect with more than 25 years in the computer industry (including more than 13 years at Digital Equipment Corporation). 
As an independent consultant, he has worked with many large companies in the Chicago area over the past 12 years, primarily focused on Microsoft technologies.
In addition to coding and designing solutions, Randy has experience in classroom teaching, management, and computer hardware.
He has also developed several training curriculums, written several technical articles, and was co-author of MCSD Training Guide: Solution Architectures, for the Microsoft 70-100 exam.
When not coding or writing, he can be found reading, walking, or watching one of his daughter's volleyball games (year-round).
For help dreaming up an analogy for just about anything or for more relevant purposes, you can reach him at
Thomas Moore, MCSE, MCSA, MCSD, MCDBA, MCT, CTT+, and Net+, has been in the computer industry for more than 20 years.
Thomas has a wide variety of expertise in all hardware environments and with most Microsoft Server products.
Thomas says that "My first and lasting love, besides my wife and family, however, is programming." Thomas is comfortable in any programming language environment, achieving his MCSD and MCDBA certifications from their inception.
Over the past 15 years, he has been working for a variety of Microsoft partners and currently is in Knowledge Services for CompuPower Systems Limited in Paris, Ontario, Canada.
Thomas enjoys staying up to date, although like most of us, he finds it a challenge to keep up with the pace of the industry.
Thomas's most recent certification achievements include being one of the first Windows 2000 MCSEs in the world and achieving the same standard as a SQL Server 2000 MCDBA and MCSD in .NET development.
Don Pavoni, an IT project manager working in the Chicago area, has more than 25 years of industry experience.
His recent assignments have included designing and developing client/server and Web-based applications.
He also has been an adjunct instructor at a Chicago-area university for the past 14 years, teaching various programming languages and other computer-related courses.
During his career, Don has filled the roles of developer, business analyst, IT group manager, trainer, contractor, and project manager.
Eric Rockenbach, MCT, MCSD, MCAD, MCDBA, MCSA, is a published .NET author, architect, trainer, and national-level speaker with more than eight years of consulting experience, two and a half years of which have involved full life-cycle .NET software development.
Eric resides in Houston, Texas and can be reached via e-mail at
Ed Tittel, Series Editor and originator of Exam Cram 2, runs LANWrights, Inc., a training and writing firm that specializes in networking, computer security, and markup languages.
Ed has contributed to more than 100 books on computing.


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Comment List (Total:15)

  •     Although I passed the test, I wasn't very satisfied with this book. When I didn't already understand something before I started, I often found their explanations hard to...
  •     I just passed the 70-300 exam and used this book to study for it.The book is a comprehensive review of everything that you may need to know for the exam. However, some sections are repeated without any good reason. The questions at the end of each chapter are similar in nature to the ones that I saw on the exam.It took me 12 days, spending about an hour - an hour and half per day, to get through the book. I did pass the other .Net tests before I read the book, so majority of the material was a review.Although I do have many years of experience as an architect, I found a lot of useful information in this book that will help me design better products and solutions in the future.
  •     I just got out of my 70-300 exam, which I passed after a half a day of studying. But that's after passing 70-100 a couple of years ago, and it probably doesn't hurt to have 20 years in the business, more of which was spent in MS technologies than any other. This book made a big difference. My half-day was very well spent, and the information contained in the book was mostly very pertinent. The exam's more about reading comprehension and the details of the case studies than anything else, but you need to be solid on ER and data modeling, and also very clear about which steps are part of which project phase. Also, bone up on your ORM notation. You may never use it in real life, but it will show up on the test.
  •     The book is readable and gives a good overview of the various stages of Software Design and Development. It covers the most pertinent .
  •     First, I totally agree with the reviewer who said this book isn't for you if you're not trying to pass the exam.
  •     I gave up on the MS Press 'training kit' book about half way through. Fortunately this book was an easy read, great preparation for the exam, and even included additional advice...
  •     I purchased this book to prepare for the 70-300 exam and it was great. The authors do a great job of brining you the most pertinent information about the material and what you...
  •     Simply the best 70-300 test prep book so far. If you seriously want to pass the exam, go ahead and get a copy.
  •     This is the best study guide for 70-300, but it isn't a home run like the Exam Cram 2 series for other exams (like 70-315). There was a lot of redundancy and emphasis on operations-level aspects, though the emphasis on the logical data model was done alright. I felt I was being told too much reference info (like the DFD example). The book could be improved by turning every end-of-chapter summary into a case study exam, and reworking the practice tests into better case-study examples. I passed the exam thanks to this book, chapter 1 of the MS Press book, and the Transcender exam.
  •     I thought this was one of the best Exam Cram books I've ever read. I truly felt that the author had written the exam and was providing me with a targeted overview of what needed...
  •     I did not find this book helpful in studying for the test. While the information may be good, it did not accurately represent the material covered by the test.
  •     I used this book as my primary study guide for the 70-300 exam and passed last week. Like the earlier versions for the 70-100, this book gives you a great overview of everything that can show up on the exam. The writing style is friendly and conversational, really a pleasure to read. I also recommend supplementing this with the Transcender practice tests.
  •     After attempting to read the MS study guide, I had come to the conclusion that the Microsoft Solutions Framework was just a bunch of UML rebranding, hastily cut and pasted together by lone wolf code hacks with no interest in organized software development. This book has led me to believe that I may be wrong. It IS a bunch of UML rebranding, but MSF still forms a lucid useful framework.The book is packed with helpful real world advice and is a down to earth pleasurable read, even if you're not taking the test. My hat's off to these guys.
  •     The just-published Exam Cram 2 for .NET Solution Architectures presents a different approach than Microsoft's Exam Guide which I recently reviewed. Both books appear good and my initial reaction is recommend both as there are areas that each cover that are not covered in the other book. If you must choose only one, I recommend this one. Interestingly both books have almost the same number of pages - slightly under 500.Overall in the Exam Cram book, there's much more exam-taking and strategy discussion. This book also appears to have much more up-to-date information including extensive discussion of XML. I was also impressed with the amount of just good practical information in the Exam Cram vs. the Microsoft book.Another plus for this book is it's statement that much of the actual exam involves case studies where a wide range of information is tested on each case as opposed to the earlier 70-100 Solutions Architecture Exam where only a narrow range of topics were quizzed on each case. The Microsoft guide has no case studies in the text as opposed to the Exam Cram version that is chock full of thought-provoking case studies. There is also ample discussion of how this exam uses questions where you must move things around (drag & drop, etc.) as opposed to the classic programming exams that are largely multiple choice.I still haven't taken the actual exam, so I can't speak to which book covers more of the material. The Transcender practice tests for this review aren't due to be ready until June 2003 either. I plan to study both of these books and practice on the Transcender exams when they become available.
  •     Based on some of the other reviews here, I purchased this book with the objective to get a jump start on how to architect a .Net solution.

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