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  • Published:
    20 July 2013
  • Languages:
    English, Chinese (Simplified), French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil)
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  • Technology:
    Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013
  • Credit towards certification:

Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions

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Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions Jump Start

Skills measured

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Plan and design SharePoint sites (10-15%)
  • Manage the site life cycle
    • Create a delayed site collection, manage site collection disposition, identify inactive site collections, back up and archive site collection data
  • Create content types
    • Subscribe to published content types, choose appropriate content type creation, use Schema Development, create content types using Object Model, create site columns, use content type inheritance
  • Manage content type behaviours
    • Manage event receivers, manage workflow associations, manage policies, manage document templates
  • Implement site provisioning
    • Create site definitions, create web templates, implement feature stapling, implement custom provisioning code

Preparation resources

Implement authorisation and authentication (10-15%)
  • Implement user authentication
    • Create a custom claims provider, create a custom sign-in page, create a custom membership provider, package and deploy a custom claims provider, package and deploy a custom membership provider, authenticate a user from a client application
  • Implement application authentication and authorisation
    • Use the SharePoint App TokenHelper class, specify the App permission request scope manifest and permission request manifest, specify permissions for Office Store apps, specify permissions for Corporate Catalogue Apps, specify permissions for remote apps to access SharePoint data
  • Plan and implement user authorisation
    • Create custom role definitions, create custom permission levels, maintain permissions, implement impersonation, plan and implement anonymous access, create a custom role manager

Preparation resources

Access and manage data (10-15%)
  • Design solutions to handle large amounts of data
    • Create efficient CAML queries and views, choose appropriate APIs, create and use indexed columns, use Object Model Overrides, use Content Iterator, implement cross-site queries
  • Access data contained in SharePoint
    • Access data using server-side object model, access data using client-side object model (CSOM), access data using REST API, access data using out-of-the-box Web Services, access data using a custom Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service to facilitate integration with an existing application
  • Store configuration data
    • Implement a hierarchical data store, implement a property bag, implement web.config, implement SharePoint List, implement credential storage

Preparation resources

Implement SharePoint solutions (15-20%)
  • Manage SharePoint Object Life Cycle
    • Implement Object Life Cycle management for SPWeb, implement Object Life Cycle management for SPSite, implement Object Life Cycle management for other objects, implement Object Life Cycle management with Windows PowerShell, implement Object Life Cycle management for SPContext
  • Upgrade solutions and features
    • Implement versioning of features and solutions, upgrade features and solutions, implement assembly versioning, build components for in-process request routing
  • Determine a solution structure
    • Select feature scope and visibility, define feature dependencies, define solution dependencies, organise SharePoint project items, structure app packages
  • Create sandbox solutions
    • Scope features to constraints, identify SharePoint artefacts that can be used in sandbox, access data outside of sandbox scope, configure and troubleshoot sandbox solution deployment, upgrade sandbox solutions, implement solutions validators
  • Create a no-code solution
    • Configure no-code customisations for the SharePoint 2013 platform, create XSLT for web parts, create and upload JavaScript files, create Display Templates

Preparation resources

Implement the user experience and information architecture (10-15%)
  • Implement branding
    • Incorporate designer outputs, use Design Manager functionality, apply custom themes, export the design, create Master Page, create a channel
  • Implement navigation
    • Create a custom navigation provider, create taxonomy-based navigation, create search-driven navigation, configure global/current navigation
  • Customise UI elements
    • Customise the ribbon, customise the edit control block (ECB), customise the status bar and notifications, customise the modal dialogue window, customise the upgrade notification, select areas for focus on content

Preparation resources

Create business processes (10-15%)
  • Create event receivers and timer jobs
    • Plan the use of event receivers or timer jobs, create remote event receivers, create a work item timer job
  • Create SharePoint Designer workflows
    • Plan the type of workflow and associated forms (site, reusable, list, InfoPath), use custom actions, create workflow definition, create reusable workflows for content types, import and export Microsoft Visio workflows, export a workflow to a SharePoint solution
  • Create and deploy Microsoft Visual Studio workflows
    • Create custom actions, create a workflow definition, create external connectors, deploy a workflow as part of a SharePoint solution or app, upgrade a SharePoint 2013 Visual Studio workflow, plan the type of workflow and associated forms

Preparation resources

Create Office apps (10-15%)
  • Plan and design applications
    • Choose a hosting location, specify a starting location, specify a licensing model, specify permission requirements, select a user experience for apps
  • Create applications
    • Create provider-hosted applications, create auto-hosted applications, create SharePoint-hosted applications, apply chrome control
  • Package and deploy apps
    • Package an application, publish to Corporate Catalogue, publish to SharePoint store, publish to Microsoft Azure, manage trust relationship with other providers
  • Manage the App Life Cycle
    • Upgrade an application, remove an application, manage licensing, manage usage tracking

Preparation resources

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
Self-paced training
  • Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Core Solutions Jump Start

    The seven modules in this course cover core skills common to most SharePoint development activities. It includes guidelines and best practices to help you optimise your SharePoint applications, explore workflows in SharePoint Designer, and create an app, deploy it to a catalogue and install it.

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam are responsible for designing custom code for projects that are deployed to or interact with SharePoint environments.

The typical candidate usually also has familiarity with SharePoint capabilities and with online services, such as Azure and SharePoint Online, and with developing Office client apps.

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