Exam 71-516: Accessing Data with Microsoft .NET Framework 4

I had the chance to take the beta version of exam 71-516 today. Here are my thoughts on it: first, I was rather annoyed to discover that I will only know if I passed or not about 8 weeks after the beta period expires (July, 02), which probably means September. It was a difficult exam, especially since I don't have any practice on some of the new Entity Framework options. The items covered, from the most covered to the least covered, were:

  • Entity Framework (50-50 for POCO/Non-POCO)
  • LINQ to SQL
  • WCF Data Services
  • Classic ADO.NET (DataSets, DataTables, DataAdapters, TableAdapters, Connections and Commands
  • LINQ to XML
  • Sync Framework (surprise!)

All added up, I think it was a difficult exam. My advise is that you practice a lot! I will post the result as soon as I know it.

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