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Deepak Puri
Hi Friends,
I gave the Beta exam for 70-483 Programming in C# back in August 2012 and passed and from what I can remember if you have about a year of working knowledge you should be able to pass it no worries, however a little bit of studies will assure you will pass :)  this exam, it is one of the three exams and counts towards the new MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification title.
Alright my preparation, i've worked in C# since it started but not so much anymore, nevertheless as I said earlier its not that hard of an exam. I skimmed through of the topics in the skills measured section of the exam, to see which areas I wanted to revise and then looked them up in the following books :
1. Manning.C# in.Depth,2nd Edition,2010    // Jon skeet never disappoints its readers 
2. Sams.Unleashed.C#.4.0 // As the name says its Unleashed  :-)
3. Wrox.Professional.C#.4.&.dotNet.4 2010 // Nice differentiation of topics and reading format
4. MSPress.CLR.via.C# (4th.Edition) 2012   // This books has really Good Reviews and covers C# 5.0
If you have time you can also skim over some topics in the below book, nice description of C# evolution:
Manning.C# in.Depth 
Anyways thats enough of me rambling, now for the new highly effective Video style preparation which Microsoft Virtual Academy is presenting for free to help with this exam, the below one day course:
Programming in C# Jump Start
Date: March 13, 2013
Time:  8:00am – 5:00pm PDT
Where: Live, MVA online virtual classroom 
Cost: FREE!
Register here
The course covers C#, Microsoft’s managed C-style language for the .Net Framework. In typical Jump Start fashion, every stop of this course is going to be example-driven. Microsoft Technical Evangelist Jerry Nixon and the co-founder of Crank211, Daren May, will craft sample after sample in real time to show simple and complex techniques you can take back to your workplace. 
Tailored for intermediary to seasoned developers looking to bulk up on C# or for a refresher on core concepts and features. As an accelerated one-day version of a five-day course, Jerry and Daren will not be able to completely cover a language as rich as C#, but they will spark the interest of newbies and the confidence of professionals. Buckle up, will be fun and fast-paced!
Course Outline 
01 | Object Oriented Programming, Managed Languages and C#
02 | Features of C#, Part 1
     • Constructing Complex Types
     • Object Interfaces and Inheritance 
03 | Features of C#, Part 2
     • Code Reflection and Information
     • Working with Garbage Collection
04 | Features of C#, Part 3
     • Controlling Programmatic Flow
     • Manipulating Types and Strings
05 | Advanced C#, Part 1
     • Type and Value Validation
     • Encryption Techniques
06 | Advanced C#, Part 2
     • Splitting Assemblies and WinMD
     • Diagnostics and Instrumentation
07 | Advanced C#, Part 3
     • Interacting with the File System
     • Leveraging Web Services
08 | Advanced C#, Part 4
     • Using Linq to Objects and XML
     • Fundamentals of Serialization
Have Fun and See you guys online :) 

For those of you who missed it, you can watch the videos here.

Posted on Monday, March 4, 2013 6:47 AM Certifications , Dot Net , Focus groups & Engagements | Back to top

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