(MCTS): Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 (70-595) Certification Guide book review

Posted: August 1, 2012 in BizTalk
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If you are preparing or planning to take BizTalk Server 2010 certification: TS: Developing Business Process and Integration Solutions by Using Microsoft BizTalk Server 2010 (Exam 70-595) this is a book you must have! It’s an excellent study guide that will help you prepare properly for this exam.

I believe that never started a review like this, but it’s true. Johan Hedberg says in his blog:

The book itself is targeted at the BizTalk Server certification 70-595. We have done our very best to be as brief and as focused on the areas of the certification as possible, while still keeping it far away from being verbatim or a cheat sheet”… and they did it!

If you check the "Skills Being Measured" on the detail page of the exam and compare with the chapters of the book will check that there is an almost perfect synchronization:

  • Skills Being Measured in the exam:
    • Configuring a Messaging Architecture (20 percent)
    • Developing BizTalk Artifacts (20 percent)
    • Debugging and Exception Handling (17 percent)
    • Integrating Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Services (14 percent)
    • Implementing Extended Capabilities (13 percent)
    • Deploying, Tracking, and Supporting a BizTalk Solution (16 percent)
  • The chapters emphasized in the book are:
    • Chapter 1: Configuring a Messaging Architecture
    • Chapter 2: Developing BizTalk Artifacts—Creating Schemas and Pipelines
    • Chapter 3: Developing BizTalk Artifacts—Creating Maps
    • Chapter 4: Developing BizTalk Artifacts—Creating Orchestrations
    • Chapter 5: Debugging and Exception Handling
    • Chapter 6: Deploying, Tracking, and Administrating a BizTalk Server 2010 Solution
    • Chapter 7: Integrating Web Services and Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) Services
    • Chapter 8: Implementing Extended Capabilities
    • Chapter 9: Certification Test-taking—Tips and Tricks
    • Chapter 10: Sample Certification Test Questions

At the end of all chapters, the authors present us with some questions to test our knowledge in a total, if I remember correctly, of 61 questions (and their answers) and I actually believe that this is also a good book for less experienced users to learn some of the platform bases.

However it doesn’t mean that reading this book will automatically guarantee that you pass the exam! The authors of this book, as I, recommend different ways to study for this exam, like: reading, see webcasts, do labs, and so on.

Therefore summarizing: The 8 first chapters will cover pretty much all technical skill which are measures in the exam; and the last two chapters give us a bunch of BizTalk training resources references like virtual labs, tutorials, training kits, virtual machine… and a sample certification test. So this book have (almost) everything you need to know in order to pass the exam and if we join the several resources mentioned in chapter 9 (and many more that are available online) I am sure that you will pass this exam.

This book was written by Johan Hedberg, Morten la Cour and Kent Weare, accompanied by an excellent team of technical reviewers: Steef-Jan Wiggers, Mikael Hakansson, Jan Eliasen and Genuine Basil.

The book is available through Amazon and PACKT is self, so go to either of one and order it!

And best of luck for those who are preparing to take this certification.

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