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

Posted: August 1, 2012  |  Categories: BizTalk
Tags: BizTalk Books

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, and also 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 skills 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 has (almost) everything you need to know in order to pass the exam and if we join the several resources mentioned in chapter 9 (and much 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.

Author: Sandro Pereira

Sandro Pereira lives in Portugal and works as a consultant at DevScope. In the past years, he has been working on implementing Integration scenarios both on-premises and cloud for various clients, each with different scenarios from a technical point of view, size, and criticality, using Microsoft Azure, Microsoft BizTalk Server and different technologies like AS2, EDI, RosettaNet, SAP, TIBCO etc. He is a regular blogger, international speaker, and technical reviewer of several BizTalk books all focused on Integration. He is also the author of the book “BizTalk Mapping Patterns & Best Practices”. He has been awarded MVP since 2011 for his contributions to the integration community.

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