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Free .NET 4 Certification Exams

Are you reading a lot about .NET 4? Are you keeping your certification record up-to-date? There there is a good news for you: Microsoft learning is making free beta exams on .NET 4 certification track for following exams in this period March 31, 2010 to April 20, 2010:

More info and FAQs on Microsoft Certification Blog.

Hands-on Lab: Silverlight 4 Line of Business Application using WCF RIA Services


screenshot1_2 If you want to dive in Silverlight 4 RIA services for Line of Business apps – there is your hands-on-lab (~31 MB). There is no more struggle, watching videos to see how to trigger some things. Thanks to Swiss MSDN team who developed 108 pages :) hands on lab manual – both in PDF and DOCX.

These features are implemented in the lab:

  • True multi-tier architecture.
  • Entity framework and service layer definition.
  • Data filtering, paging, sorting and grouping.
  • Data modification and validation.
  • Foreign key management.
  • Projections.
  • Programmatic printing from a Silverlight application.
  • COM interop with Microsoft Excel and running full-trust out-of-browser.

Prerequisites and used components:

Optional Components

The hands-on lab manual has detailed instructions on installing all the prerequisites.

Great job Swiss MSDN team


Silverlight 4 Podcast Pack with Tim Heuer

I’ve just found a great set of podcasts with Tim Heuer about Silverlight 4. It is not new now but for sure it is very interesiting. Here is the ToC

Overview: What are the core things to know about Silverlight 4?  How does it compare to Silverlight 3?
Controls: What are the new controls in Silverlight 4?  What new support is there for controls?
Out Of Browser: How do elevated privileges work?  What are toast notifications?  How can Html be hosted in an Out Of Browser application?
Printing and Webcam: How do the new printing/webcam APIs work? 
WPF vs Silverlight: With Silverlight 4, there are fewer differences between Silverlight and WPF.  How do we decide which technology to use?
Text Improvements: What are the big text and international improvements in Silverlight 4?
Networking: How do the networking changes in 4 impact Silverlight developers?  What new things can they do?
Databinding: How does the new Dependency Object support help designers?

Download podcast pack


Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 Training Video Course

Channel9 has a learning section where interesting walkthroughs and videos can be found. So far there are following  categories:

For Visual Studio there are interesting videos about Managed languages, Data platform, WCF/WF, ASP.NET 4, Parallel computing…