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    Default MCSD Windows Store Applications using HTML5 (70-480 + 70-481 + 70-482) Resources

    MCSD Windows Store Apps using HTML 5 Resources

    Update 19/2/2013 - First draft will continue tomorrow
    Update 20/2/2013 - "Version 1"

    This is a resource thread for the MCSD Windows Store Apps using HTML5 certification. This thread specifically covers the 2 specialist exams - for more detailed discussion of 70-480 please see Robert Kauchers pinned thread.

    I will try to answer questions that I can within the limits of the NDA. Please don't discuss question content on the exam / brain dumps. Best of luck to those studying for this cert!. If you have any pertinent links please add a reply and I'll add them to this list as I see them.

    Lab Resources
    PC running Windows 8
    Visual Studio 2012 Express for Windows 8 - Microsoft Visual Studio Express 2012 for Windows 8 | Microsoft Visual Studio

    Who should go for this certification

    No web / programming experience - Don't try to go from these from scratch get some experience. I took this exam as a web developer with PHP framework experience so it was easy to learn a new framework for me and Microsofts specific eccentricities.

    Allow - 9 months +

    Basic HTML / CSS / Javascript - You should be able to get 70-480 under your belt with a modicum of study but 481 and 482 require programming experience and familiarity with Frameworks

    Allow - 3 - 9 months depending on time and programming adeptness and plenty of labbing

    Experienced web dev / programmer - if you're a web dev whose used PHP frameworks and know javascript this will be a straightforward exam to study for it's just a matter of sitting down and learning the material but labbing will help to get in to the Microsoft frame of mind.

    Recommended Study Mode
    1) Lab lab lab - Do not attempt these exams unless you have had experience and made some stuff yourself
    2) Watch the MVA Jumpstarts
    3) Read the free e-book
    4) Once you get to 481 and 482 - read the MSDN links and try the code out for yourself and/or make notes and learn the WinJS framework

    Q and A
    What is the MCSD Windows Store Apps certification ?
    MCSD: Windows Store Apps Certification | Microsoft Learning

    What is an MCSD?
    The MCSD is a professional level certification that is the latest in Microsofts re-envisioning of their developer exams for the cloud. Rather than be tied to a specific qualification they are tied to the technology and re-certification is required.

    What is the recertification period?
    Every 2 years

    How long are the exams
    NDA prohibits me from saying exactly how long but the appointment time for 70-480 is circa 2.5 hours including surveys and feedback and the other 2 are around the 3 hour mark.

    When is the Charter period for this certification
    Mid October 2013 to Mid April 2013

    Can you tell me what's on the exam?
    No NDA prohibits disclosure of topics covered all I can say is you need to read around all of the objectives listed in the exam - There are links to get you going listed below.

    What are the required exams?
    70-480 - Programming in HTML5 with CSS3 and Javascript
    Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
    70-481 - Essentials of developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 and Javascript
    Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript
    70-482 - Advanced Windows Store App development using HTML and Javascript
    Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript

    Resources for 70-480
    Tech Exams Thread by Robert Kaucher - 70-480 - Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
    MVA Jump Start - Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start - Microsoft Virtual Academy
    Exam Ref - http://www.amazon.co.uk/Exam-Ref-70-...1305910&sr=1-1

    Resources for 70-481

    MVA Jump Start - Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start - Microsoft Virtual Academy
    Study Guide by Gyorgy Balassy - 70-481 exam preparation materials « Codes from the fieldFree
    Free Ebook from MS Press - Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (First Preview) - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs

    Resources for 70-482

    Exam Ref (Available Summer 2013) - Exam Ref 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript: Amazon.co.uk: Amit Kalani, Greg Levenhagen: Books
    Free Ebook from MS Press - Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript (First Preview) - Microsoft Press - Site Home - MSDN Blogs
    MVA Jump Start
    - Developers! Finish your MCSD: Windows Store using HTML5! New Jump Start! - Events - Blog - Events - Born to Learn

    Study Guide for 70-481
    Design Windows Store Apps (20%)
    • Design the UI layout and structure.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: evaluate the conceptual design; decide how the UI will be composed; design for the inheritance and re-use of visual elements (e.g., styles, resources); design for accessibility; decide when custom controls are needed
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh779072

    • Design for separation of concerns.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: plan the logical layers of your solution to meet application requirements; design loosely coupled layers; incorporate WinMD components
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh779072

    • Design and implement Process Lifetime Management (PLM).
    This objective may include but is not limited to: choose a state management strategy; handle the suspend event (oncheckpoint); prepare for app termination; handle the onactivated event; check the ActivationKind and previous state
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh781225.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../br212679.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465102.aspx

    • Plan for an application deployment.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: plan a deployment based on Windows 8 Application certification requirements; prepare an app manifest (capabilities and declarations); sign an app; plan the requirements for an enterprise deployment
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh694081.aspx

    Develop Windows Store Apps (20%)
    • Access and display contacts.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: call the ContactsPicker (windows.applicationmodel.contacts) class; filter which contacts to display; display a set number of contacts; create and modify contact information; select specific contact data
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...actpicker.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj153343.aspx

    • Design for charms and contracts.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: choose the appropriate charms based on app requirements; design an application to be charm- and contract-aware; configure the application manifest for correct permissions
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/hh779072

    • Implement search.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: provide search suggestions using the SearchPane class; search and launch other apps; provide and constrain search within an app, including inside and outside of search charm; provide search result previews; implement activation from within search
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465238.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465233.aspx

    • Implement Share in an app.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: use the DataTransferManager class to share data with other apps; accept sharing requests by implementing activation from within Share; limit the scope of sharing using the DataPackage object; implement in-app Share outside of Share charm
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh758301.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh758315.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh758316.aspx

    • Manage application settings and preferences.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: choose which application features are accessed in AppSettings; add entry points for AppSettings in the Settings window; create settings flyouts using the SettingsFlyout control; add settings options to SettingsFlyout; store and retrieve settings from the roaming app data store
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh701253.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/libr.../hh701151.aspx

    Create the User Interface (21%)
    • Implement WinJS controls.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: flipview; flyout; grid layout; list layout; menu object
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../br211837.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../br211726.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh700921.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../br211711.aspx

    • Implement HTML layout controls.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: implement layout controls to structure your layout; support scrolling and zooming with CSS3; manage text flow and presentation, including overflow

    • Create layout-aware apps to handle view states.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: handle viewState events; choose among application view states; use CSS3 media queries to handle different view states; respond to ApplicationViewStateChangedEvent
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj150600.aspx

    • Design and implement the app bar.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: determine what to put on the app bar based on app requirements; style and position app bar items; design the placement of controls on the app bar; handle AppBar events
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465309.aspx

    • Apply CSS styling.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: implement gradients, grid layouts, zooming, scroll snapping, and media queries

    Program User Interaction (20%)

    • Manage input devices.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: capture gesture library events; create custom gesture recognizers; listen to mouse events or touch gestures; manage Stylus input and inking; handle drag and drop events
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465379.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...nkmanager.aspx
    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windo...ample-61abaec3

    • Design and implement navigation in an app.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: handle navigation events, check navigation properties, and call navigation functions by using the WinJS.Navigation namespace; design navigation to meet app requirements; Semantic Zoom; load HTML fragments
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/libr.../br229778.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh452768.aspx

    • Create and manage tiles.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: create and update tiles and tile contents; create and update badges (the TileUpdateManager class); respond to notification requests; choose an appropriate tile update schedule based on app requirements
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465443.aspx

    • Notify users by using toast.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: enable an app for toast notifications; populate toast notifications with images and text by using the ToastUpdateManager; play sounds with toast notifications; respond to toast events; control toast duration
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../apps/hh761494
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh779727.aspx

    Manage Security and Data (19%)
    • Choose a data access strategy.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: choose the appropriate data access strategy (file based; web service; remote storage, including Windows Azure storage) based on requirements
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh781225.aspx

    • Retrieve data remotely.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: use XHR to retrieve web services; set appropriate HTTP verb for REST; handle progress of data requests; consume SOAP/WCF services; use WebSockets for bidirectional communication
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../br229787.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh868282.aspx

    • Implement data binding.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: choose and implement data-bound controls, including WinJS.UI.ListView, to meet requirements; bind data to item templates such as WinJS.Binding.Template; bind data to controls by using data-win-control and data-win-bind; configure an iterator with data-win-options; enable filtering, sorting, and grouping data in the user interface
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/libr.../br229775.aspx

    • Manage Windows Authentication and Authorization.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: retrieve a user’s roles or claims; store and retrieve credentials by using the PasswordVault class; implement the CredentialPicker class
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...ialpicker.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh464943.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...wordvault.aspx

    • Manage Web Authentication.
    This objective may include but is not limited to: use the Windows.Security.Authentication.Web namespace; set up OAuth2 for authentication; CredentialPicker; set up single sign-on (SSO); implement credential roaming; implement the WebAuthenticationBroker class
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...ialpicker.aspxhttp://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465281.aspx
    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windo...itter-6fb22e37

    Study Guide for 70-482


    Develop Windows Store Apps (17%)
    • Create background tasks.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: implement the Windows.applicationmodel.background classes; implement WebUIBackgroundTaskInstance; create a background task to manage and preserve resources; create a background task to get notifications for an app; register the background task by using the BackgroundTaskBuilder class
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh977045.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj553523.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj160502.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh977042.aspx
    • Consume background tasks.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: use timing triggers and system triggers; keep communication channels open; request lock screen access; use the backgroundtransfer class to finish downloads
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj679949.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh700370.aspx
    • Integrate WinMD components into a solution
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: consume a WinMD component in JavaScript; handle WinMD reference types; reference a WinMD component
    http://geekswithblogs.net/jonasb/arc...25/150535.aspx

    Discover and Interact with Devices (13%)
    • Capture media with the camera and microphone.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: use CameraCaptureUI to take pictures or video, and configure camera settings; use MediaCapture to capture pictures, video, and audio; configure camera settings; set media formats; handle media capture events
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/windows/apps/BR226738
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-US/libr...ameracaptureui
    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windo...ample-845a53ac
    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windo...ample-44c06873
    • Get data from sensors.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: determine the availability of a sensor (Windows.devices.sensors); add sensor requests to the app manifest; handle sensor events; get sensor properties; determine location via GPS
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465129.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465250.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465265.aspx
    http://software.intel.com/en-us/arti...view-api-using
    • Enumerate and discover device capabilities.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: discover the capabilities and properties of available devices, for example, as GPS, removable storage, accelerometer, and near field communication
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...umeration.aspx

    Program User Interaction (18%)
    • Implement printing by using contracts and charms.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: implement the Print contract; create a custom print template; construct a print preview; handle print pagination; implement in-app printing; expose printer settings within an app
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh465225.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh780609.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh761453.aspx
    • Implement Play To by using contracts and charms.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: register an app for Play To; use PlayToManager stream media assets; register an app as a PlayToReceiver
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh770876.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465184.aspx
    • Notify users by using Windows Push Notification Service (WNS).
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: authenticate with WNS; request, create, and save a notification channel; call and poll the WNS
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj679947.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../jj679949.aspx

    Enhance the User Interface (18%)
    • Design for and implement UI responsiveness.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: choose an asynchronous strategy between web workers and promises; implement web workers; nest and chain promises; make custom functions promise-aware
    http://code.msdn.microsoft.com/windo...s-app-7eafbdb6
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../br211664.aspx
    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/1...on-error-winjs
    • Implement animations and transitions.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: apply animations from the animation library (WinJS.UI.animation); create and customize animations and transitions by using CSS; apply transformations; create animations by using keypoints; apply timing functions; animate with the HTML5
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/libr.../br229780.aspx
    • Create custom controls.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: create custom controls using WinJS.Namespace, WinJS.Class.define, and HTML; bind to custom controls with data-win-bind; inherit from and extend an existing WinJS control
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/windowsappde...ipt-winjs.aspx
    http://stephenwalther.com/archive/20...nd-mixins.aspx
    • Design apps for globalization and localization.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: implement .resjson files to translate text; implement collation and grouping to support different reading directions; implement culture-specific formatting for dates and times; bind JSON properties to resources by using the data-win-res property
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr...alization.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...formatter.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../br206826.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../br211864.aspx

    Manage Data and Security (18%)
    • Design and implement data caching.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: choose which types of items (user data, settings, application data) in your app should be persisted to the cache based on requirements; choose when items are cached; choose where items are cached (Windows Azure, remote storage); select a caching mechanism; store data by using indexDB, LocalStorage, and SessionStorage
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh781225.aspx
    • Save and retrieve files from the file system.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: handle file streams; save and retrieve files by using the StorageFile and StorageFolder classes; set file extensions and associations; save and retrieve files by using file pickers and the folder picker; compress files to save space; access libraries, for example, pictures, documents, and videos
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/libr.../hh465199.aspx
    http://www.c-sharpcorner.com/UploadF...ws-store-apps/
    • Secure application data.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: encrypt data by using the Windows.Security.Cryptography namespace; enroll and request certificates; encrypt data by using certificates
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...y.cryptography
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr.../hh464943.aspx

    Prepare for a Solution Deployment (16%)
    • Design and implement trial functionality in an app.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: set up a timed trial; set up a feature-based trial; set up in-app purchases; transition an app from trial to full
    http://blogs.msdn.com/b/alicerp/arch...injs-game.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/libr...s/hh694065.asp
    • Design for error handling.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: design the app so that errors and exceptions never reach the user; handle device capability errors; handle promises errors
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-gb/library/windows/apps/hh700337.aspx
    http://blog.markedup.com/2012/08/how-to-last-chance-exception-handling-in-winjs-applications/
    • Design and implement a test strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: design a functional test plan; implement a coded UI test; design a reliability test plan, including performance testing, stress testing, scalability testing, and duration testing
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/wind.../jj572486.aspx
    • Design a diagnostics and monitoring strategy.
      • This objective may include but is not limited to: design profiling, tracing, performance counters, audit trails (events and information), and usage reporting; decide where to log events (local vs. centralized reporting)
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/libr.../jj150612.aspx
    http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-GB/libr.../hh701617.aspx
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