Exam Ref 70-487 Developing Windows Azure and Web Services (MCSD)

Book description

Most books take a low-level approach, teaching you how to use individual classes and how to accomplish granular tasks. Like other Microsoft certification exams, this book takes a highlevel approach, building on your knowledge of lower-level Microsoft Windows application development and extending it into application design. Both the exam and the book are so high level that there is little coding involved. In fact, most of the code samples in this book illustrate higher-level concepts. The exam is written for developers who have three to five years of experience developing Web Services and at least one year of experience developing Web API and Azure solutions. Developers should also have at least three years of experience working with Relational Database Management systems and ADO.NET and at least one year of experience with the Entity Framework. 

This book covers every exam objective, but it does not cover every exam question. Only the Microsoft exam team has access to the exam questions themselves, and Microsoft regularly adds new questions to the exam, making it impossible to cover specific questions. You should consider this book a supplement to your relevant real-world experience and other study materials. If you encounter a topic in this book that you do not feel completely comfortable with, use the links you’ll find in the text to find more information and take the time to research and study the topic. Valuable information is available on MSDN, TechNet, and in
blogs and forums.

Microsoft certifications

Microsoft certifications distinguish you by proving your command of a broad set of skills and experience with current Microsoft products and technologies. The exams and corresponding certifications are developed to validate your mastery of critical competencies as you design and develop, or implement and support, solutions with Microsoft products and technologies both on-premise and in the cloud. Certification brings a variety of benefits to the individual and to employers and organizations.

About Author

William Ryan, is a solution architect who has served as a subject matter expert for several Microsoft exams, including Microsoft SQL Server and Windows Azure. He is a coauthor of the MCTS 70-536 Training Kit and the MCTS 70-529 Training Kit. Wouter de Kort is an independent technical coach, trainer, and developer at Seize IT. He is MCSD certified. As a software architect, he has directed the development of complex web applications. He has also worked as a technical evangelist, helping organizations stay on the cutting edge of web development. Wouter has worked with C# and .NET since their inception; his expertise also includes Visual Studio, Team Foundation Server, Entity Framework, Unit Testing, design patterns, ASP.NET, and JavaScript. Shane Milton is a Senior Architect creating enterprise systems running in Windows Azure and is currently designing cloud-based Smart Grid solutions to manage energy for millions of homes and businesses throughout the US. As an active leader in training and educating teams in cloud technologies and various Agile techniques, he takes particular interest in offering his expertise to community user groups and regional conferences in and around Indianapolis.

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