Audience Profile

This exam is designed to allow candidates to assess their knowledge and skills around Web applications using Microsoft and other technologies. Candidates for this exam are seeking to prove knowledge and skills in creating Web-based applications by using Visual Studio, the .NET Framework, and managed code. Before taking this exam, candidates should have a solid foundational knowledge in the topics outlined in this preparation guide. It is recommended that candidates gain hands-on experience with the technologies and concepts described here by following a prescribed curriculum that maps to the exam, or by working with tutorials and samples available on MSDN and in Visual Studio. Candidates are expected to have some experience with a .NET language such as C# or VB.NET. Candidates for this exam are seeking knowledge and job-related skills in the following areas:

    • Understanding Web-based application development fundamentals

    • Creating ASP.NET applications using server-side and client-side coding techniques and tools

    • Understanding the Web application event model

    • Understanding of Web services and communications with services

    • Accessing and displaying data in a Web application

    • Deploying and hosting Web applications using Internet Information Server (IIS)

    • Understanding the use of various configuration options for ASP.NET applications


Programming Web Applications

  • Customize the layout and appearance of a Web page. This objective may include but is not limited to: CSS, tables, embedding images, page layout for navigation

  • Understand ASP.NET intrinsic objects. This objective may include but is not limited to: Request, Server, Application, Session, Response, HttpContext

  • Understand state information in Web applications. This objective may include but is not limited to: 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. This objective may include but is not limited to: application and page life cycle events; page events; control events; application events; and session events; cross-page posting; Response.Redirect; Server.Transfer; IsPostBack; setting AutoEventWireup

  • Understand controls. This objective may include but is not limited to: 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. This objective may include but is not limited to: Understanding the usage of web.config and machine.config, and the settings that can be made

Working with Data and Services

  • Read and write XML data. This objective may include but is not limited to: Understanding XML, XML validation This objective does not include: Web Services, XPath syntax, XmlDocument, XPathNavigator, XPathNodeIterator, XPathDocument, XmlReader, XmlWriter, XmlDataDocument, XmlNamespaceManager

  • Distinguish between DataSet and DataReader objects. This objective may include but is not limited to: the ability to choose the proper data object to use based on application requirements/design

  • Call a service from a Web page. This objective may include but is not limited to: creating a basic WCF Service or Web Service so that it can be consumed; App_WebReferences; configuration

  • Understand DataSource controls. This objective may include but is not limited to: LinqDataSource, ObjectDataSource, XmlDataSource, SqlDataSource

  • Bind controls to data by using data binding syntax. This objective may include but is not limited to: ensure that data is updated and displayed in data-aware controls

  • Manage data connections and databases. This objective may include but is not limited to: database connections; connection objects; connection pools; transaction objects;

Troubleshooting and DebuggingWeb Applications

  • Debug a Web application. This objective may include but is not limited to: 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 This objective may include but is not limited to: HTTP error codes

Working with Client-Side Scripting

  • Understand client-side scripting. This objective may include but is not limited to: purpose of client-side scripting, various client-side scripting languages

  • Understand AJAX concepts. This objective may include but is not limited to:ASP.NET AJAX implementation, working with client-side libraries, EnablePartialRendering, Triggers, ChildrenAsTriggers, Scripts, Services, UpdateProgress, Timer, ScriptManagerProxy, extender controls

Configuring and Deploying Web Applications

  • Configure authentication and authorization. This objective may include but is not limited to: Forms Authentication, Windows Authentication; authorization; file authorization; impersonation
    This objective does not include: Windows Cardspace authentication, Passport (Windows Live ID) authentication, Custom authentication

  • Configure projects, solutions, and reference assemblies. This objective may include but is not limited to: local assemblies, shared assemblies (GAC), Web application projects, solutions; configuration files; AppSettings

  • Publish Web applications. This objective may include but is not limited to: 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. This objective may include but is not limited to: purpose of application pools; effect of application pools on Web applications Not: configuring or assigning application pools