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  • Published:
    May 13, 2013
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    Visual Studio 2012
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Upgrade your MCPD: Web Developer 4 to MCSD: Web Applications

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Design the application architecture
  • Design and implement the Microsoft Azure role life cycle
    • Identify and implement Start, Run, and Stop events; identify startup tasks (Internet Information Services [IIS] configuration [app pool], registry configuration, third-party tools)

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Design the user experience (UX)
  • Design and implement user interface (UI) behavior
    • Implement client validation, use JavaScript and the document object model (DOM) to control application behavior, extend objects by using prototypal inheritance, use AJAX to make partial page updates, implement the UI by using jQuery

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Develop the user experience
  • Plan and implement globalization and localization
    • Plan a localization strategy; create and apply resources to UI, including JavaScript resources; set cultures; create satellite resource assemblies
  • Design and implement model–view–controller (MVC) controllers and actions
    • Apply authorization attributes and global filters, implement action behaviors, implement action results, implement model binding
  • Control application behavior by using MVC extensibility points
    • Implement MVC filters and controller factories; control application behavior by using action results, viewengines, model binders, and route handlers
  • Reduce network bandwidth
    • Bundle and minify scripts (CSS and JavaScript); compress and decompress data (using gzip/deflate; storage); plan a content delivery network (CDN) strategy, such as Azure Content Delivery Network (CDN)

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Troubleshoot and debug web applications
  • Debug an Azure application
    • Collect diagnostic information by using Azure Diagnostics API Implement on demand versus scheduled, choose log types (for example, event logs, performance counters, and crash dumps), debug an Azure application by using IntelliTrace and Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP)

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Design and implement security
  • Design and implement claims-based authentication across federated identity stores
    • Implement federated authentication by using Azure Access Control Service, create a custom security token by using Windows Identity Foundation, handle token formats (for example, oAuth, OpenID, LiveID, and Facebook) for Security Assertion Markup Language (SAML) and (Simple Web Token) SWT tokens

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Access data
  • 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 CDN, handle exceptions by using retries (SQL Database), manage Azure caching
  • Create and configure a Windows Communication Foundation (WCF) service on Azure
    • Address resources, implement filtering, create a query expression, access payload formats (including JSON), use data service interceptors and service operators

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Design and implement WCF Services
  • 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

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Deploy web applications and services
  • 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
  • Implement a Web API
    • Accept data in JSON format (in JavaScript, in an AJAX callback); use content negotiation to deliver different data formats to clients; define actions and parameters to handle data binding; use HttpMessageHandler to process client requests and server responses; implement dependency injection, along with the dependency resolver, to create more flexible applications; implement action filters and exception filters to manage controller execution; implement asynchronous and synchronous actions; implement streaming actions
  • Secure a Web API
    • Implement HTTP Basic Authentication over SSL, implement Windows Auth, enable cross-domain requests, prevent cross-site request forgery (XSRF), implement and extend authorization filters to control access to the application
  • 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), 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, and others)

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Deploy web applications and services
  • 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
  • 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 MVC2 to MVC3 or MVC4)

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Who should take this exam?

Candidates for this exam should hold an MCPD: Web Developer 4 credential.

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