- October 17, 2012Published:
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- Microsoft Visual Studio 2013, Microsoft AzureTechnology:
- MCP, MCSDCredit toward certification:
Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services
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Starting April 30, 2014, the questions on this exam include content covering Visual Studio 2013 and updates to Microsoft Azure.
- Accessing data (20-25%)
Choose data access technologies
- Choose a technology (ADO.NET, Entity Framework, WCF Data Services, Azure storage) based on application requirements
- Cache static data, apply cache policy (including expirations); use CacheDependency to refresh cache data; query notifications
- Manage transactions by using the API from System.Transactions namespace; implement distributed transactions; specify transaction isolation level
Implement data storage in Azure
- Access data storage in Azure; choose data storage mechanism in Azure (blobs, tables, queues, SQL Database); distribute data by using the Content delivery network (CDN); handle exceptions by using retries (SQL Database); manage Azure Caching
Create and implement a WCF Data Services service
- Address resources; implement filtering; create a query expression; access payload formats (including JSON); use data service interceptors and service operators
Manipulate XML data structures
- Read filter, create, modify XML data structures; Manipulate XML data by using XMLReader, XMLWriter, XMLDocument, XPath, LINQ to XML; transform XML by using XSLT transformations
- Choose data access technologies
- Querying and manipulating data by using Entity Framework (20-25%)
Query and manipulate data by using the Entity Framework
- Query, update, and delete data by using DbContext; build a query that uses deferred execution; implement lazy loading and eager loading; create and run compiled queries; query data by using Entity SQL; perform asynchronous operations using Entity Framework; map a stored procedure
Query and manipulate data by using Data Provider for Entity Framework
- Query and manipulate data by using Connection, DataReader, and Command from the System.Data.EntityClient namespace; perform synchronous and asynchronous operations; manage transactions (API); programmatically configure a Data Provider
Query data by using LINQ to Entities
- Query data by using LINQ operators (for example, project, skip, aggregate, filter, and join); log queries and database commands; implement query boundaries (IQueryable vs. IEnumerable); implement async query
Query and manipulate data by using ADO.NET
- Query and manipulate data by using Connection, DataReader, Command, DataAdapter, DataSet; perform synchronous and asynchronous operations; manage transactions (API)
Create an Entity Framework data model
- Structure the data model using table per type, table per class, table per hierarchy; choose and implement an approach to manage a data model (code first vs. model first vs. database first); implement POCO objects; describe a data model by using conceptual schema definitions, storage schema definition, mapping language (CSDL, SSDL, MSL), and Custom Code First Conventions
- Query and manipulate data by using the Entity Framework
- Designing and implementing WCF Services (15-20%)
Create a WCF service
- Create contracts (service, data, message, callback, and fault); implement message inspectors; implement asynchronous operations in the service
Configure WCF services by using configuration settings
- Configure service behaviors; configure service endpoints; configure bindings including WebSocket bindings; specify a service contract; expose service metadata (XSDs, WSDL, and metadata exchange endpoint); configure message compression and encoding
Configure WCF services by using the API
- Configure service behaviors; configure service endpoints; configure binding; specify a service contract; expose service metadata (XSDs, WSDL, and metadata exchange); WCF routing and discovery features
Secure a WCF service
- Implement message level security, implement transport level security; implement certificates; design and implement multiple authentication modes
Consume WCF services
- Generate proxies by using SvcUtil; generate proxies by creating a service reference; create and implement channel factories
Version a WCF service
- Version different types of contracts (message, service, data); configure address, binding, and routing service versioning
Create and configure a WCF service on Azure
- Create and configure bindings for WCF services (Azure SDK—extensions to WCF); relay bindings to Azure using service bus endpoints; integrate with the Azure service bus relay
Implement messaging patterns
- Implement one way, request/reply, streaming, and duplex communication; implement Azure Service Bus and Azure Queues
Host and manage services
- Manage services concurrency (single, multiple, reentrant); create service hosts; choose a hosting mechanism; choose an instancing mode (per call, per session, singleton); activate and manage a service by using AppFabric; implement transactional services; host services in an Azure worker role
- Create a WCF service
- Creating and consuming Web API-based services (15-20%)
Design a Web API
- Define HTTP resources with HTTP actions; plan appropriate URI space, and map URI space using routing; choose appropriate HTTP method (get, put, post, delete) to meet requirements; choose appropriate format (Web API formats) for responses to meet requirements; plan when to make HTTP actions asynchronous; design and implement routes
Implement a Web API
Secure a Web API
- Implement HTTPBasic authentication over SSL; implement Windows Auth; prevent cross-site request forgery (XSRF); design, implement, and extend authorization and authentication filters to control access to the application; implement Cross Origin Request Sharing (CORS); implement SSO by using OAuth 2.0; configure multiple authentication modes on a single endpoint
Host and manage Web API
- Host Web API in an ASP.NET app; self-host a Web API in your own process (a Windows service) including Open Web Interface for .NET (OWIN); host services in an Azure worker role; restrict message size; configure the host server for streaming
Consume Web API web services
- Consume Web API services by using HttpClient synchronously and asynchronously; send and receive requests in different formats (JSON/HTML/etc.); request batching
- Design a Web API
- Deploying web applications and services (15-20%)
Design a deployment strategy
- Create an IIS install package; deploy to web farms; deploy a web application by using XCopy; automate a deployment from TFS or Build Server
Choose a deployment strategy for an Azure web application
- Perform an in-place upgrade and VIP swap; configure an upgrade domain; create and configure input and internal endpoints; specify operating system configuration; deploy applications using Azure Web Site
Configure a web application for deployment
- Switch from production/release mode to debug mode; use SetParameters to set up an IIS app pool; set permissions and passwords; enable and monitor ASP.NET App Suspend; configure WCF endpoints (including HTTPS protocol mapping), bindings, and behaviors; transform web.config by using XSLT (for example, across development, test, and production/release environments); configure Azure configuration settings
Manage packages by using NuGet
- Create and configure a NuGet package; install and update an existing NuGet package; connect to a local repository cache for NuGet, set up your own package repository
Create, configure, and publish a web package
- Create an IIS InstallPackage; configure the build process to output a web package; apply pre- and post- condition actions to ensure that transformations are correctly applied; include appropriate assets (web content, certificates)
Share assemblies between multiple applications and servers
- Prepare the environment for use of assemblies across multiple servers (interning); sign assemblies by using a strong name; deploy assemblies to the global assembly cache; implement assembly versioning; create an assembly manifest; configure assembly binding redirects (for example, from MVC4 to MVC5)
- Design a deployment strategy
- Instructor-led training
- Exam prep video
Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 487
In this episode of Prep tips from certification experts, James Seymour, Certification Planner, and Jeremy Foster, Developer Evangelist, discuss the relevancy of the skills being measured on Exam 487.
- Self-paced training
- Practice test
- From the community
Exam Ref 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
Published: November 2013
Prepare for Microsoft Exam 70-487, and help demonstrate your real-world mastery of developing Azure and Web Services. Designed for experienced developers ready to advance their status, Exam Ref focuses on the critical-thinking and decision-making acumen needed for success at the Microsoft Specialist level.
Who should take this exam?
This exam is intended for developers with a minimum of three to five years of experience developing Web Services, including one or more years developing Web API and Azure solutions.
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