Thursday, January 29, 2015

Training for Microsoft 70-480 certification exam

If you are looking for online training for the Microsoft 70-480 exam, there are several options available:

  1. Microsoft Virtual Academy: http://channel9.msdn.com/Series/Developing-HTML-5-Apps-Jump-Start/Developing-HTML5-Apps-Jump-Start-01a-HTML5-Semantic-Structure-Part-1
  2. CBT Nuggets: https://www.cbtnuggets.com/it-training-videos/course/msft_70_480/
  3. PluralSight: http://blog.pluralsight.com/learning-path-programming-in-html5-with-javascript-and-css3-microsoft-exam-70-480
Of the 3 options, only CBT Nuggets offers a comprehensive review of the topics for the 70-480 exam.  Microsoft Virtual Academy covers most of the topics but ignores other topics completely such as use of the jQuery library which is extensively covered on the actual exam.  While PluralSight has a curriculum geared towards prepping you for the exam, the courses are not geared or targeted specifically for certification so it provides you with numerous hours of training which may not be directly relevant for the exam. 

Of course, if you don't mind reading the material, then these Microsoft Exam Prep books will cover the material necessary for the exam, but if you are not already familiar with the material, it will require lots of hands-on practice:

  1. http://smile.amazon.com/Training-Guide-Programming-JavaScript-Microsoft/dp/0735674388/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1422574546&sr=8-2&keywords=70-480
  2. http://smile.amazon.com/Exam-70-480-Programming-HTML5-JavaScript/dp/0735676631/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1422574546&sr=8-1&keywords=70-480

Of the 2 books, I would recommend purchasing the Training Guide over the ExamRef since the Training Guide covers much more material and therefore seems more comprehensive.

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