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Analyzing Requirements and Defining Solution Architectures

By Andy Warren,

Recently I spent quite a bit of time preparing for Microsoft Exam 70-100 - Analyzing Requirements and Defining Solution Architectures. As part of that process I read the Microsoft book - should you?

The book is really two parts, consisting of a case study that you read a portion of in each chapter followed by more technical information that supports the case study. The case study itself covers a corporation that has decided to use the Microsoft Solution Framework (MSF) to build a new software solution.

The MSF is part of the material you're required to know for the exam. Being a DBA and not a developer, this was my first exposure to the MSF. From what I can see it's not a bad methodology. It breaks development up into different roles, separating project management from development from deployment and training. The case study did an excellent job of describing the framework, why it exists, how it enhances development efforts, even how to overcome common objections to using it. I can't say it strongly enough - the case study is definitely worth reading!

As for the rest of the book? It's ok is about the best I can say. The book focuses more on MSF than it does on the exam itself. I learned a lot about MSF from reading it and it's maybe the best source of info on that, but I think for other portions of the exam you'll want to explore other books. At a suggested retail of $69.99 it's not a cheap book!

You can take a look at the table of contents, index, and even a sample chapter at this link.

 
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