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Recently I’ve passed the 70-480 (my post on it) and 70-486 certifications. In the past I’ve used the MS Press books that have many chapters and practice tests with them. These tests do not have books yet (coming this summer), but our company is pushing to get back to Gold status before August, so we had to go ahead. There was a great series of videos for 70-480 and doing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript for my recent projects helped a lot. The 70-480 didn’t have a specific course. We ended up using Trello to split up the sections, and have different people from our company chose a section and present on it during a “lunch and learn”. Even if you don’t have a study group, using Trello to help identify all the sections you need to look at is a great help.

Here are some screen shots of our Trello board:

trelloBoard1                 trelloBoard2              trelloBoard3

Here are some resources for 70-486

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1iZ8RS6VuB0GFO2BQdYxkmywK1ZBn75fzzGm9F5s82l0/edit – I used this extensively.

http://stackoverflow.com/questions/13246567/new-mvc-certification-70-486

https://www.microsoftvirtualacademy.com/training-courses/building-web-apps-with-asp-net - Videos! 5, 6, and 8 don't seem as important to this test

#1 ASP.NET 4.5 new features, shows binding in web forms, bundling async web form page load

#2 is a great introduction to MVC and Code First Migrations, they also start a deployment to Azure

#3 really basic HTML5, jQuery, Responsive Design, and using Modernizr to do feature detection

http://www.asp.net/vnext

http://refcardz.dzone.com/refcardz/cloud-computing-windows-azure (http://cdn.dzone.com/sites/all/files/refcardz/rc134-010d-windows-azure.pdf)

http://www.bloggedbychris.com/2012/11/06/microsoft-exam-70-486-study-guide/

http://social.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/CertGeneral/thread/2b6abbfc-c44f-4f67-b31f-30ec2902d162

Posted on Thursday, April 25, 2013 8:07 AM Certifications | Back to top


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