Get Ready for the ADO.NET 3.5 MCTS Exam


This exam is due to be in beta very shortly.  Sorry no exact dates just yet so don’t ask.  🙂 


Watch your MCP Flash and/or forums for the invitation.


But, are you ready for it?  How do you know?  Be certain.  Have a look at what will be covered on this exam below.  NOTE: this is an excerpt from the prep guide that will be published on the web site in the next couple of days.  We thought you might want to get an earlier look at it though.


NOTE: Prep guide is now available for this exam, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/exams/70-561.mspx


Credit toward certification


When you pass Exam 70-561: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Application Development, you earn credit toward the following certification:



Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist: .NET Framework 3.5, ADO.NET Applications


Skills measured by Exam 70-561


Connecting to Data Sources (12 percent)


Manage connection strings


May include but is not limited to: using the ConnectionStringBuilder; leveraging the ConfigurationManager; protecting the connection string; using Security Support Provider Interface ( SSPI) or SQL Server authentication; correctly addressing the SQL Server instance; managing “User Instance” and AttachDBfilename


Manage connection objects


May include but is not limited to: managing connection state, managing connection pool; implementing persistent data connections; implementing Multiple Active Result Sets (MARS); encrypting and decrypting data


Work with data providers


May include but is not limited to: Limitations, behaviors, performance, installation issues, deployment issues; ODBC, Microsoft OLE DB, SqlClient, managed providers, third-party providers, native providers


Connect to a data source by using a generic data access interface


May include but is not limited to: System.Data.Common namespace classes


Handle and diagnose database connection exceptions


May include but is not limited to: Implementing try/catch handlers


Selecting and Querying Data (22 percent)


Build command objects


May include but is not limited to: building Parameters collections; using input and output parameters and return values; selecting an appropriate CommandType action; selecting an appropriate Execute method; using the CommandBuilder class; choosing appropriate CommandBehavior


Query data from data sources


May include but is not limited to: writing queries to solve assigned problems; implementing data paging; sorting, filtering, and aggregating data


Retrieve data source data by using the DataReader


May include but is not limited to: retrieving data from SELECT statements; retrieving data from stored procedures; working with multiple result sets


Manage data by using the DataAdapter or the TableAdapter


May include but is not limited to: retrieving data from SELECT statements; etrieving data from stored procedures; working with multiple result sets; working with JOIN products; creating updatable DataAdapters and TableAdapters; modifying TableAdapter Fill methods



Execute an asynchronous query


May include but is not limited to: handling asynchronous events


Handle special data types


May include but is not limited to: Binary Large Objects (BLOBs); Filestream, Spatial, Table Value Parameters


Query data sources by using LINQ


May include but is not limited to: Extended method; CLR delegate; Lambda expressions; Classes of the System.LINQ.Expressions namespace


Manage exceptions when selecting data


May include but is not limited to: Identifying and resolving syntax errors; Security exceptions


Modifying Data (24 percent)


Manage transactions


May include but is not limited to: Selecting an appropriate transaction isolation level; Participating in local transactions; Participating in distributed transactions; Using declarative transactions


Manage data integrity


May include but is not limited to: Cascading updates or cascading deletes; Auto number management; Server-generated value management


Client-side data validation; Business rules, constraints


Update data


May include but is not limited to: Update data by using stored procedures; DataSets to Data Source; Managing concurrency


Manage exceptions when modifying data


May include but is not limited to: Resolve exceptions from data integrity, constraint, or referential integrity violations; Data locking conflicts; Data collision issues


Transform data by using LINQ


May include but is not limited to: Aggregation operators; JOIN operator, QUERY operator, LIKE etc.


Synchronizing Data (15 percent)


Monitor event notifications


May include but is not limited to: Implement notifications by using SqlDependency or SqlNotificationRequest


Cache data


May include but is not limited to: SqlCacheDependency, Local Data Cache


Manage update conflicts between online data and offline data



Partition data for synchronization


Implement Synchronization Services


May include but is not limited to: SyncAgent, SyncTable, ClientSyncProvider, ServerSyncProvider, SyncAdapter


Working with Disconnected Data (16 percent)


Manage occasionally connected data


Programmatically create data objects


May include but is not limited to: DataTable; DataSet


Work with untyped DataSets and DataTables


May include but is not limited to: Populating a DataSet, DataTable


Expose a DataTableReader from a DataTable or from a DataSet



Work with strongly typed DataSets and DataTables



Object Relational Mapping by Using the Entity Framework (11 percent)


Define and implement an Entity Data Model


May include but is not limited to: Mapping schemas and storage metadata; EDM Generator


Query data by using Object Services


May include but is not limited to: Querying data as objects and shaping results; Working with objects; Managing the Object Context; Customizing objects


Map data by using the Entity SQL Language


May include but is not limited to: Manually define mapping files; Execute an Entity SQL Query by using EntityCommand


Access entity data by using the EntityClient Provider


May include but is not limited to: Managing EntityConnection; Creating EntityCommand; Executing a query by using EntityDataReader; Managing EntityTransaction


Note This preparation guide is subject to change at any time without prior notice and at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Microsoft exams might include adaptive testing technology and simulation items. Microsoft does not identify the format in which exams are presented. Please use this preparation guide to prepare for the exam, regardless of its format.




Comments (19)

  1. This exam is due to be in beta very shortly.  Sorry no exact dates just yet so don't ask. 

  2. Gerry just posted some information about the new ADO.NET 3.5 Exam and the new ASP.NET 3.5 Exam , but

  3. Oshadha says:

    Do u all recommend any books for this exam

  4. Joel Jaisi says:

    Gerry, any recommended study material, books, sites for this beta exam?

  5. Michael says:

    "This exam is due to be in beta very shortly.  Sorry no exact dates just yet so don’t ask.  🙂  "

    But in the register.prometric.com I can now register for this exam 🙂 (until 4 April)

  6. Because this exam is specifically about ADO.NET, you can find books on it but they are scarce.  Amazon.com does list one from O’Reilly, typically good books, but most are still on 2.0.

    Gerry

  7. Gerry just posted some information about the new ADO.NET 3.5 Exam and the new ASP.NET 3.5 Exam, but didn’t…

  8. Jay says:

    Hi, Can I write the exam if i havent written the pre-requisite exam 70-536: TS: Microsoft .NET Framework 2.0—Application Development Foundation

  9. Hi Jay,

    Candidates can take exams in any order they prefer.  We don’t regulate that at all.  So yes, you can take this exam even though you haven’t taken 536 yet.

    You will not get the certification however until you have completed the prerequisite exam.

    Gerry

  10. Ben Hall says:

    What are the advantages of taking an exam in Beta? Is it free?  

    As there are less training materials available, are you chances of failing increased?

    Cheers

    Ben

  11. Hi Ben.

    The advantages, as I see them;

    1) You pass the exam, you are certified before most others.

    2) The exam is free

    You are correct that there is a greater chance that you will fail the exam but not only because there are limited training resources.   On a beta exam, you will face upwards of 100 or more questions compared to 40+ on a live exam.

    Couple that with the fact that some of the questions you got right, may be removed from the exam for various reasons after the beta stage, and that could affect your pass/fail as well.  There are many factors.

    Most people like to take the betas because they are free, you can be one of the first certified on that, and if you do fail, you have a better expectation of what is on the live exam.  Plus, you won’t waste a 2nd shot on it.  

    Gerry

  12. So, after giving Bryant a hard time on his blog about posting the beta codes for these two exams, we

  13. John says:

    I see that there are supposed to be TWO exams to earn your MCTS ADO.NET 3.5 Applications.

    70-561 is one of them.  Anyone know what the other is?  I can not find anything on msdn or microsoft about this mysterious second exam.  The prereq 70-536 is not it.

  14. Hi John,

    70-536 is the required second exam.  The pages for the MCTS ADO.NET credential are set to go live shortly and those will provide the requisites for this, clearly indicating that 70-536 is required.

    Also, this web page, http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/mcts/vstudio/2008/default.aspx, shows the requirement for 70-536 as well under the heading, "How to earn your MCTS certification on Visual Studio 2008".

    Gerry

  15. Ajden says:

    Does anyone know a book that covers the subjects in the exam? I’ve been looking everywhere. So bad of MS to release the exams with no books covering the topics.

  16. Ajden,

    The books and training kits will be coming shortly.  They are almost complete now.  You can also use the existing books for 2.0 to study for this and use MSDN to cover the material that is new.

    One thing that a lot of people are not aware of is that the books and training lag behind the exams for some very good reasons.

    1) They don’t start the development of these materials until we have finalized the exam outline.  As a result, the exam gets a head start.

    2) Development cycles for training content take longer than development cycles for exams.

    3) Budgets and author availability dictate the timelines to a great extent as well.

    So, is it bad that MS release an exam without material?  Perhaps, but at least when you get the training material, it is designed to train for the exam instead of being hit and miss.

    Gerry

  17. tigrot says:

    Hi,

    thanks for all the information.

    Since this exam is still in the beta process, can it be taken several times if you fail?

    Lets say you pass the exam, will be there any indications on the certificate that you passed the beta exam or is it recognized like a usual certificate?

    Unfortunately i cannot install the  Entity Framework although i did everything that MS listed…i have been trying to install it for weeks now! 🙁

    thanks

  18. Hi Tigrot,

    The exam can only be taken in beta once so the answer to your first question is no it cannot be take several times.

    If you pass the exam, it will show up on your transcript the same as a non-beta exam would.  There is no indication that it was a beta version.

    I am unable to help you with installing EF, sorry.

    Gerry

  19. Tigrot says:

    Hi Gerry,

    thanks for your response.