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Exam Objectives

Exam Objectives

The exam objectives are broken up into six different categories:

Understanding Core Programming (18 percent)

  • Understand computer storage and data types.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: how a computer stores programs and the instructions in computer memory; memory stacks and heaps; memory size requirements for the various data storage types; numeric data and textual data

  • Understand computer decision structures.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: various decision structures used in all computer programming languages; If decision structures; multiple decision structures such as If...Else and switch/Select Case; reading flowcharts; decision tables; evaluating expressions

  • Identify the appropriate method for handling repetition.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: For loops, While loops, Do..While loops, and recursion

  • Understand error handling.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: structured exception handling

Understanding Object-Oriented Programming (19 percent)

  • Understand the fundamentals of classes.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: properties, methods, events, and constructors; how to create a class; how to use classes in code

  • Understand inheritance.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: inheriting the functionality of a base class into a derived class

  • Understand polymorphism.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: extending the functionality in a class after inheriting from a base class; overriding methods in the derived class

  • Understand encapsulation.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: creating classes that hide their implementation details while still allowing access to the required functionality through the interface; access modifiers

Understanding General Software Development (14 percent)

  • Understand application life cycle management.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: phases of application life cycle management; software testing

  • Interpret application specifications.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: reading application specifications and translating them into prototypes, code, and components

  • Understand algorithms and data structures.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: arrays, stacks, queues, linked lists, and sorting algorithms; performance implications of various data structures; choosing the right data structure

Understanding Web Applications (20 percent)

  • Understand Web page development.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), JavaScript

  • Understand Microsoft ASP.NET Web application development.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: page life cycle; event model; state management; client-side vs. server-side programming

  • Understand Web hosting.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: creating virtual directories and Web sites; deploying Web applications; understanding the role of Internet Information Services

  • Understand Web services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Web services that will be consumed by client applications; accessing Web services from a client application; SOAP and Web Service Definition Language (WSDL)

Understanding Desktop Applications (12 percent)

  • Understand Windows Forms applications.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: Windows Forms event model; visual inheritance; UI design; use of Multiple Document Interface (MDI) and Single Document Interface [and here] (SDI) applications

  • Understand console-based applications.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: characteristics and capabilities of console-based applications

  • Understand Windows Services.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: characteristics and capabilities of Windows Services

Understanding Databases (17 percent)

  • Understand relational database management systems.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: characteristics and capabilities of database products; database design; Entity Relationship Diagrams (ERDs); normalization concepts

  • Understand database query methods.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: structured query language (SQL), creating and accessing stored procedures, updating data and selecting data

  • Understand database connection methods.
  • This objective may include but is not limited to: connecting to various types of data stores such as flat file; XML file; in-memory object; resource optimization

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