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.NET Framework Basics - Preparation for exam 70-536

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Base practice code for those preparing the exam 70-536 or learning the .NET framework basis


This article presents a code example with the usage of the basic .NET Framework classes according to the first certification exam 70-536.

When studying for that exam, I found it useful to have all the involved code in one simple file/project for easy debugging. That's why I created this WinForms application with 21 Tabs plenty of examples.

Image 1

For example, here you can see the tab that allows you to play with the System.Drawing library to draw strings.

Image 2

Using the Code

If you are planning to take the first exam of the .NET Framework or just learn the usage of the base classes, this is the plan that I suggest:

  1. Read the official MCTS Self-Paced Training Kit.
  2. Get at least one of the official recommended test engines and exams suggested by Microsoft.
  3. Use the code provided in this article to debug each feature and play with the basic classes. Complete any TODO in the code.
  4. You can also copy the entire code to a Word document and print it in color for easy reference and for studying when you are commuting to the office. I estimate it takes less than 50 pages/almost 3000 lines of code. This will help you remember the classes and the common usage.
  5. You can print the code and the diagram shown below and place it in a wall like in your office box.
  6. Find study partners! Engage people in your software factory/office to certify together and meet to discuss. Remember the Latin proverb “By learning you will teach, by teaching you will learn”.
  7. Find in CodeProject other examples of the missing sections. There are fantastic regular expressions and COM interoperability articles that you should check.


I included a PDF with a diagram I made some time ago showing the basic concepts related to Classes, Interfaces and Structs. It is based in the public C# 2.0 language definition. You can print it as is or you can convert it to Word format with any of the utilities available in the network for that purpose or copy the content to the clipboard.

Here I show you just a part of the diagram:

Image 3

As you will see, the diagram shows only the most relevant particularities of the language like for example "the interface can inherit multiple base-interfaces".

The recommendation is that you play with Visual Studio one more time trying to apply and challenge each "cell" on the diagram and think why that is the way it is.

Points of Interest

You need to understand that the code provided in this article is by no means a replacement for any other official preparation material. This is just a companion "easy to debug, easy to print".


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 2.5 License


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Thanks, that's a good point and it will require more attention in future versions of the diagram.

Look at the ECMA definition of C# that you can download here:[^]

This is an extract from page 43, "8.8 Structs".
--- ECMA TEXT ---
The program below creates and initializes an array of 100 points.
With Point implemented as a class, 101 separate objects are instantiated—one for the array and one each
for the 100 elements.

class Point
  public int x, y;
  public Point(int x, int y) {
    this.x = x;
    this.y = y;
class Test
  static void Main() {
    Point[] points = new Point[100];
    for (int i = 0; i < 100; i++)
    points[i] = new Point(i, i*i);

If Point is instead implemented as a struct, as in
struct Point
  public int x, y;
  public Point(int x, int y) {
    this.x = x;
    this.y = y;

only one object is instantiated—the one for the array. The Point instances are allocated in-line within the


As you could read it says "only one object is instantiated" so that's a case when even the use of the New operator over a struct does not always imply "instantiation".

As you mentioned, I think the diagram can be modified on that aspect perhaps splitting the column between "instantiation" and "in-line allocation" and say that structs are instantiated only with the first call to the new operator over the type or the containing array or class, and they are just "copied" the next times Hmmm | :|

There are some nice articles out there in the web that explain the different IL generated in the different scenarios with classes and structs. Like this one:[^]

For the sake of the diagram and learning the basics for the exam 70-536, the important thing to keep in mind is that structs are passed by value as method parameters and they are copied from one to another when using the assignment operator.

Does it make sense?
modified on Saturday, March 20, 2010 8:41 AM

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