70-486 Experience

Just successfully completed 07-486 exam in first attempt. Total Hours logged in preparation were about near to 20.

As i can’t spill every bean that was in the test, but still can give general idea about how it was.

  1. 3 Case Studies – i thought those would be less. But it was fun doing it, each had more questions than i expected. 6, 10 and than 7.
  2. 22 Multiple Choice/ Code completion questions.
  3. Custom Mvc Model Binder related to composite value
  4. No SignalR question. I thought there would be one.
  5. Multiple design questions related to css/ html
  6. Web Farms 
  7. State management
  8. Azure Worker Roles and RDP Configuration management/ X509 Certification
  9. Authorization/ Authentication, how to limit access to user.
  10. MVC Routing/ Mapping
  11. Some questions related to http Handlers and Module implementation choice based on the problem given.

Overall, it was nice experience and if i hadn’t been working with asp.net mvc/ asp.net – it would be really hard to pass it through. Still, i could have done better if i studied as some of the questions were so in depth and we rarely use those kind of stuff and real application, or not care too much about how small things work. So, please analyze your expertise with asp.net mvc and try following study guides out there.

I did follow, http://www.bloggedbychris.com/2012/11/06/microsoft-exam-70-486-study-guide/ and also go through tutorials at asp.net site for mvc4 and mvc5. The exam also includes the questions related to MVC5.

Helpful links: 

  1. http://www.bloggedbychris.com/2012/11/06/microsoft-exam-70-486-study-guide/
  2.  http://www.asp.net/mvc
  3. http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/aspdotnet-mvc-advanced-topics
  4. http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/mvc4
  5. http://pluralsight.com/training/Courses/TableOfContents/aspdotnet-mvc5-fundamentals




KendoUI – Validation Gotcha(s) …

While making Initial layout and architecture for the front end for our product @ Vanguard Software Group, i was trying to do POC and trying to hit all points where we going to use KendoUI.

I had came up pretty road blocker during this exercise – it was related to Loading a partial view into the application through Kendo’s Window widget.


The Validation doesn’t Simply work. No matter what i did, it just didn’t Budge. 

In researching the whole thing i came across multiple posts and ideas to make it work but all of them were not totally looking it deeply enough for me.

I found following:

  1. http://demos.kendoui.com/web/validator/index.html
  2. http://blog.janjonas.net/2011-07-24/asp_net-mvc_3-ajax-form-jquery-validate-supporting-unobtrusive-client-side-validation-and-server-side-validation
  3. http://www.telerik.com/community/forums/aspnet-mvc/window/client-validation-not-working-with-window-loaded-from-form.aspx
  4. http://www.kendoui.com/forums/kendo-ui-complete-for-asp-net-mvc/window/validation-problems-with-form-inside-window.aspx

Out of all those above Point # 4 had some proper half information… So took from there and fixed the issue by using the Window’s refresh method form kendo to bind it properly.

Hello Eric,

If you are using the jQuery validation then you should use the jQuery.validator.unobtrusive.parse method in the Window refresh event after the content has been loaded:

function refresh(e) {

If you are using the Kendo Validator then you should initialize it on the form.

So by reading “If you are using the Kendo Validator then you should initialize it on the form.” I achieved it by doing following

LoginModule = function () {
var validator = null;
function Show() {
$(“#LayoutMain”).append(“<div id=’window’></div>”);
var window = $(“#window”);
if (!window.data(“kendoWindow”)) {
width: “600px”,
title: “Login”,
content: “Home/Login”, //partial View
modal: true,
resizable: false,
refresh: function () {
validator = $(“#LoginForm”).kendoValidator().data(“kendoValidator”); //do this IMPORTANT
function Submit() {
return {
validator: validator

See the BOLD lines above and follow the code.


AND Lastly don’t FORGET to set HTML Element’s NAME attribute! If you don’t set it the Validation will also not work. Normally as coming from asp.net background i was only setting Id of the HTML element. and it was causing the validations messages to not appear.

 <input id=”Email” name=”Email” required validationMessage=”Email is required.” />

I hope this helps somebody out there 🙂