I wonder if you can help?
I'm keen to get started as a .NET programmer. I'm half way through a book called 'Head First C#' which deals with Windows Forms programming.
However, I think I need to go on a different tack in order to pass the first MS exam for .NET, 70-536.
I understand that the new MS study guide book for this exam is quite good but that it's for people who already have quite a lot of experience with .NET. Also, the version of Visual Studio it comes with only last 90 days, and I think I might need more time than this.
I wondered if anyone:..
a) Knew of any good introductions to .NET I could go through before taking up the MS materials?
b) If anyone has read 'Head First C#' and knows if this already acts as an adequate introduction?
c) Knew whether a student edition of Visual Studio could be picked up even if you are not a member of college but are just self studying? (I know you can get the Express edition for free but I've heard that you need a fuller version for the 70-536 exam).
In order to take any doubt out of getting the right materials, I'm considering taking up a formal course for the 70-536 exam. However, this costs £1200 ($1700), where as I can get the MS book for £32 ($46).
I know this is a bit of a long post so thanks very much if you got this far, any help is very much appreciated.
Dan : )