Exam 70-481

Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript

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  • Published: October 11, 2012
  • Languages: English, Japanese
  • Audiences: Developers
  • Technology: Visual Studio 2012
  • Credit toward certification: MCSD

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Skills measured

This exam measures your ability to accomplish the technical tasks listed below. The percentages indicate the relative weight of each major topic area on the exam. The higher the percentage, the more questions you are likely to see on that content area on the exam.

Please note that the questions may test on, but will not be limited to, the topics described in the bulleted text.

Starting November 18, 2013, the questions on this exam will include content covering Windows 8.1 and Visual Studio 2013.

  • Design the UI layout and structure

    • 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; use the Hub App template

  • Design for separation of concerns

    • Plan the logical layers of your solution to meet application requirements; design loosely coupled layers; incorporate WinMD components

  • Design and implement Process Lifetime Management (PLM)

    • Choose a state management strategy; handle the suspend event (oncheckpoint); prepare for app termination; handle the onactivated event; check the ActivationKind and previous state

  • Plan for an application deployment

    • 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

  • Access and display contacts

    • 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

  • Design for charms and contracts

    • Choose the appropriate charms based on app requirements; design an application to be charm- and contract-aware; configure the application manifest for correct permissions

  • Implement search

    • Provide search suggestions using the SearchPane and SearchBox control 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; configure search contracts

  • Implement Share in an app

    • 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; use web links and application links

  • Manage application settings and preferences

    • 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

  • Integrate media features

    • Support DDS images; implement video playback; implement XVP and DXVA; implement TTS; implement audio and video playback using HTML5 DRM

Preparation resources

  • Implement WinJS controls

    • Flipview; flyout; grid layout; list layout; menu object; WebView; item container; repeater

  • Implement HTML layout controls

    • Implement layout controls to structure your layout; implement templates and bindings; support scrolling and zooming with CSS3; manage text flow and presentation, including overflow

  • Create layout-aware apps to handle windowing modes

    • Use CSS3 media queries to adapt to different devices; respond to changes in orientation; adapt to new windowing modes by using the ViewManagement namespace; manage setting for an apps view

  • Design and implement the app bar

    • 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

  • Apply CSS styling

    • Implement gradients, grid layouts, zooming, scroll snapping, and media queries

  • Manage input devices

    • 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

  • Design and implement navigation in an app

    • 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

  • Create and manage tiles

    • 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

  • Notify users by using toast

    • 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; configure and use Azure Mobile Services for push notifications

  • Choose a data access strategy

    • Choose the appropriate data access strategy (file based; web service; remote storage, including Microsoft Azure storage and Azure Mobile Services) based on requirements

  • Retrieve data remotely

    • Use XHR or HttpClient to retrieve web services; set appropriate HTTP verb for REST; handle progress of data requests; consume SOAP/WCF services; use WebSockets for bidirectional communication

  • Implement data binding

    • 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

  • Manage Windows Authentication and Authorization

    • Retrieve a user’s roles or claims; store and retrieve credentials by using the PasswordVault class; implement the CredentialPicker class; verify credential existence by using credential locker; store account credentials in app settings

  • Manage Web Authentication

    • 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; support proxy authentication for enterprises

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Prepare for Exam 70-481 and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of developing Windows Store apps using HTML5 and JavaScript. Designed for experienced IT professionals ready to advance their status, this Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the MCSD level.

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Who should take this exam?

This exam is intended for developers with a minimum of two to five years of experience developing HTML, CSS, and JavaScript applications, including one or more years developing applications that conform to the Windows Store app guidelines.

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