I just discovered MSDN’s lightweight view. Wow. Much easier to read than the “classic” view.
Some of the “recipes” in this book are proving quite helpful in my attempts to learn everything I need to know to get through the 70-536 exam. There’s a newer version of the book out now, but it’s this older version that I’m using via Safari.
Here are a few of the useful recipes:
- Recipe 8.6. Using Event Logs in Your Application
- Recipe 8.11. Implementing a Simple Performance Counter
- Recipe 8.16. Determining Current appdomain Settings Information
- Recipe 17.3. Encrypting and Decrypting a File
- Recipe 17.16. Securing Stream Data
- Recipe 20.2. Controlling a Service
I’ve been doing a lot of supplementary reading to try and get myself to the point where I can pass the 70-536 exam. I’ve found a couple of books on Safari that have been pretty useful. C# 3.0 Unleashed: With the .NET Framework 3.5, in particular, has a lot of useful content. I’m putting an Amazon link below.
I link to Amazon frequently on this blog, but I never got around to signing up for an affiliate account, so I just went ahead and did that, so if you buy the book from this link, I’ll make a buck or two. Oh, and I just figured out that ABP was interfering with the fancy Amazon links, so I had to go ahead and tweak that again. I like ABP for blocking the really intrusive ads that some sites have, but I’m finding lately that it’s blocking stuff that I actually do want to see. I may have to look into tweaking it a bit more, to let more stuff through.
I finally got through the security chapter in the 70-536 book. And I got through chapters 13, 14, and 15 today too, so now I’ve just got one more chapter to go. After that, I’m going to try getting through a practice test and see how I do on that.
I have a feeling that I’m probably not going to do well on the practice test. If that happens, I’ve got a few ideas lined up for reviewing the material and trying to get a deeper understanding. First, I have access to some online training material from Element K through my ACM membership. I’ll probably try working through some relevant material there and see if that helps. Second, I’ve been compiling a list of references to coverage of exam topics in other books I own. I will probably use that as a guide to do some supplemental reading.
I just finished reading the Cryptography section of the 70-536 book. While I do understand, conceptually, how all this stuff works, I have to say that I may be in trouble on the test if I really need to memorize the difference between, say, RIPEMD160 and HMACSHA1. I can’t think of any reasonable mnemonic device that will help me remember that RIPEMD160 is a non-keyed hashing algorithm, and HMACSHA1 is a keyed hashing algorithm.
Cool. Lots of Kurosawa on TCM this month. My dad was a big Kurosawa fan. If he was still around, I bet he would have called me tonight to tell me that Seven Samurai was on.