Exam Preparation–Silverlight 4, Development–70-506–Part 4

I’m currently studying for the Beta exam of Silverlight 4. So I thought, why not share what resources I’m using.

To start with one should be familiar with Silverlight of course, but refreshing some of the topics that haven’t be touched that often is always good. This is by far not the definitive learning guide for the exam, but it’s a start. If you know articles that should be in either one of the categories please let me know.

What Skills are being Measured?

You can start on the Microsoft Learning site first: Exam 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development.

The are 7 main categories of topics that are measured (not sure what the last 1% is).

Laying Out a User Interface (15%)

Enhancing the User Interface (14%)

Implementing Application Logic (16%)

Working with Data (17%)

Interacting with a Host Platform (11%)

Structuring Applications (13%)

Deploying Applications (13%)

Deploying Applications

Configure the Silverlight plug-in.

Initialization parameters: http://www.dotnetspider.com/resources/36465-How-use-InitParams-Silverlight.aspx
Configuring Windowless mode: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc838156(VS.95).aspx
Background color: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc838148(v=VS.95).aspx
Change size of plugin: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc838268(v=VS.95).aspx
Splash screen: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc838130(v=VS.95).aspx
Enable GPU Acceleration: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/dd833062(v=VS.95).aspx
Set the frame rate: http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/cc838147(v=VS.95).aspx

Dynamically load application resources.

Downloading and extracting a zip file: http://pagebrooks.com/archive/2008/03/17/downloading-and-extracting-silverlight-resources-at-runtime.aspx
Enable Assembly Caching: http://www.wintellect.com/CS/blogs/jprosise/archive/2009/04/06/silverlight-3-s-new-assembly-caching.aspx

Create a client access policy.