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Tips for green programmer seeking MCSD certification? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi everyone,

    For starters, I do not currently work in IT nor do I have a background in the field. I have known for some time that I am interested in web development as a career. I have researched the MCSD: Web Applications certification, and I believe it is the right certification for me, since I enjoy working HTML, CSS, and Javascript. My coding experience is quite light since it is a field I only recently discovered my interest in

    I intend to prepare for the certification exam by reading and working through the MS Press Training Guide for Programming in HTML5 with Javascript and CSS3, which I have purchased, as well as utilizing various online training resources. My goal is to create a website which I can enrich with new features as I learn new techniques, which will act as my portfolio, as well as sharing my code through online communities like Git.

    I am excited to start learning on this path and hope to get some advice for how I can build by competency and pass the certification exam. Any advice would be much appreciated!

    Monday, November 9, 2015 9:29 PM

Answers

  • As a first step, I recommend that you take exam 70-480, which will give you a "technology specialist" certification on HTML, CSS and Javascript. This should be relatively simple if you are already familiar and proficient with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Be sure to study one of the guides for exam preparation, since the exam covers some topics with which you may not be familiar, such as worker threads or file manipulation.

    However, in order to achieve the MCSD, you also have to pass two additional exams: 70-486 and 70-487. These deal with the server side of your application (programmed in C#), and they are quite hard and cover an extensive array of topics which will possibly be new for you. I suggest that you first do some extensive practice writing server-side code for your application, including web services and Azure. Then, study the exam preparation materials. And only when you are quite sure of your knowledge, take these two exams.

    • Marked as answer by jawine Friday, November 20, 2015 2:40 AM
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 2:08 PM

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  • As a first step, I recommend that you take exam 70-480, which will give you a "technology specialist" certification on HTML, CSS and Javascript. This should be relatively simple if you are already familiar and proficient with HTML, CSS, and Javascript. Be sure to study one of the guides for exam preparation, since the exam covers some topics with which you may not be familiar, such as worker threads or file manipulation.

    However, in order to achieve the MCSD, you also have to pass two additional exams: 70-486 and 70-487. These deal with the server side of your application (programmed in C#), and they are quite hard and cover an extensive array of topics which will possibly be new for you. I suggest that you first do some extensive practice writing server-side code for your application, including web services and Azure. Then, study the exam preparation materials. And only when you are quite sure of your knowledge, take these two exams.

    • Marked as answer by jawine Friday, November 20, 2015 2:40 AM
    Wednesday, November 11, 2015 2:08 PM
  • Thanks very much for the advice, Alberto!

    I am definitely committing myself to preparing for the 70-480. Getting a good foundation in front end, before delving into server-side business.

    Friday, November 20, 2015 2:42 AM