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70-513 Exam Overview - MCPD 4

70-513 is one of the new Visual Studio 2010 exams covering the .NET Framework 4. Official title is: Windows Communication Foundation Development with Microsoft .NET Framework 4. Exam available from summer of 2010.

The 70-513 exam will test your knowledge and skills for developing applications using Windows Communication Foundation and the .NET Framework 4. The exam is a prerequisite for the following higher level certifications:

  • MCPD: Windows Developer 4
  • MCPD: Web Developer 4

As usual, questions that contain code will be presented in either VB or C#. You get the choice to select which language you prefer when you start the exam. Microsoft recommends that you are working in a development environment that uses Microsoft Visual Studio 2010 and .NET Framework 4 to build distributed applications. At least a years experience in developing Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) based applications with at least six months of experience with .NET Framework 4 is ideal.

The exam requires that you can demonstrate an understanding of the following areas:

  • A solid understanding of WCF in the context of the .NET Framework 4 solution stack
  • Experience creating service model elements
  • Experience using WCF to support open and .NET communication
  • Experience configuring and deploying WCF applications
  • Experience using Visual Studio tools, tracing tools, SvcUtil, WCF performance monitoring, and IIS/WAS for hosting services
  • Experience securing WCF applications
  • A solid understanding of concurrency

When you pass the 70-513 exam (TS: Windows Communication Foundation Development) you achieve:

  • MCTS: .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

You'll also get credit towards:

  • MCPD: Windows Developer 4
  • MCPD: Web Developer 4

Windows Communication Foundation background:

The Windows Communication Foundation (or WCF) is an API in Microsoft's .NET Framework for building connected, service-oriented applications. WCF is designed in agreement with service oriented architecture ethics to support distributed computing where services are consumed by consumers. Clients can consume several services and services can be consumed by several clients. Services are loosely coupled to each other. Services characteristically have a WSDL interface which any WCF client can use to consume the service, irrespective of which platform the service is hosted on. WCF implements many advanced web services (WS) standards such as WS-Addressing, WS-ReliableMessaging and WS-Security.

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