Tuesday, April 29, 2008

ADO.NET 3.5 Certification exam

A few days ago I sat for the beta exam 70-561 .NET Framework 3.5 ADO.NET. This is the second exam that I've taken for the new .NET 3.5 certifications generation; at the end of last year I took 70-503 WCF's exam and I recently got the results with a happy end for me :)

In 70-561 exam besides traditional topics such as ADO.NET connected data(Commands, DataReaders, etc) and ADO.NET disconnected data (DataSets, DataTables, etc), there is plenty of new stuff that you'd better be familiar with if you want to pass! One of those things is LINQ and LINQ to SQL, which I didn't find particularly difficult maybe cause I've had the chance to work with it.

If you are not familiar with LINQ to SQL, my buddy Sidar came up with a great introduction post and Scott Guthrie has a very nice series of posts that you don't want to miss out.

Another new topic, (at least for me) was Synchronization services. Maybe it's because I've never used it, but questions about Synchronization Services were by far the most difficult for me! You can find here a bunch of demos for the Synchronization framework that you might find useful.

The last but not the least is the Entity Framework which is still in beta... That's one of the disadvantages of taking beta exams, you are sometimes supposed to have knowledge and experience in technologies that haven't been available long enough... I won't complain though, beta exams do have some advantages (Did I mention that they are free?:)) You can find some code samples for EF Beta 3 version in CodePlex.

The beta period for this exam and ASP.NET exam have been extended until the 5th of May, so if you haven't sat for it yet and you want to take it, hurry up and check Gerry's certification blog!

Monday, April 28, 2008

Welcome to Javi's tech blog!

So here I am, I've finally decided to have my own technical blog! I've always been very reluctant to start blogging as I’m the kind of tech guy that would rather write code than explain things in a piece of paper or write documentation in general (I'm even very fond of tools like GhostDoc that help you to make the task of commenting code a bit less tough... too lazy I am I must admit, too bad...)

I hope then that having a blog will help me to look at the task of writing documentation and posts in a different way, more as fun and less as a burden, and besides it’ll force me to keep up to date to the latest technologies, so overall it does sound like a good idea, doesn’t it? And, on top of that, if anybody finds my posts useful, that'd be great!!

So as long as I can find some spare time and I have something to say, I’ll be blogging about .NET and related technologies such as ASP.NET, LINQ, WCF, Ajax…

I hope that you'll be around to check wether this experiment works out or not!

Javi