Posts Tagged ‘certifications’

So, you develop Windows 8 Store Apps? Awesome – you are already a step ahead of other developers on Microsoft stack and dabbling into the latest in development paradigms. If you’re on the XAML/C# stack, you’re already dealing with latest language advancements in C# 5.0, framework features in .NET 4.5, asynchronous programming, security, application life-cycle & data management. May be you are even using or considering leveraging cloud infrastructure for your App’s backend. To top it all, you have mastery over the Modern UI design principles to make your App feel at home in Windows 8.

All the above skills needed to be a successful Windows 8 App developer necessitate a broad knowledge base, along with grasp of architectural patterns to keep your codebase clean. Now, if you are already doing all of that, kudos to you! Apart from having your Apps shine in the Windows 8 Store or impressive LOB Apps for Enterprises, there is another way to “let them know that you know” – yup, Certifications. Additionally certification tests validate your knowledge & give you confidence in your abilities on a development platform.

For Windows Store App developers, an MCSD certification takes two routes – HTML/CSS/Jscript or C#/XAML. For those of us inclined towards C#, the MCSD path includes the C# Fundamentals test in 70-483 and then two tests focused on developing Windows Store Apps. Exam 70-484 [Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#] is the one of them and is the first obstacle towards establishing your certification klout for Windows 8 App development. I recently cleared this test & can share a few tips for my fellow developers. So, here goes my top 21 list:

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Thanks for reading & Best of luck!

Microsoft certifications — It is how they know you know, right? If you are really passionate about Windows Phone 7 development, you might want to get the upcoming 71-599 Pro Windows Phone Developer certification under your belt. Not that any certification makes you a rockstar developer; but it would serve as a nice validation of your efforts around WP7 development & proves to everyone that you know the basic guts of it.

So, the 71-599 MCPD Pro exam has been under construction for the past few months with feedback from the hundreds of community SMEs like us via MSFT Connect. It should be available to test takers by the end of July. I just took the invitation-only beta and it looks like it shaped up very nicely. Wondering what exactly it might test you on? This page (here) lists out exactly the skills they are looking for and tells you other details about the test.

So, how do you go about taking a stab at the test? It off course depends from person to person; following are the resources I found most helpful at this present time. This list is not supposed to be exclusive in any way; just point you to a few obvious places. Even if you are a seasoned WP7 developer, it might make sense to brush up on basics; I bet you will discover things you didn’t know. So, here’s my list of resources:

  • The Channel9/MSDN WP7 Training Kit (here)
  • Charles Petzold’s free 1000 page WP7 book (here)
  • Jeff Blankenburg’s “31 days of WP7” (here)
  • Windows Phone developer resources (here)

The above list should give you plenty of confidence for the test; you could then build on it with the zillion other resources online, specially follow blogs of community leaders in Windows Phone development. I also realized that the exam (at least my version of it) does test your knowledge on some obvious key topics thoroughly — namely Tombstoning, Push Notification set up & App Certification requirements. So, these are surely things that you might want to be well-versed in.

Best of luck!