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Recertification for MCSD: SharePoint Applications

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Design the application architecture
  • Plan the application layers
    • Plan data access; plan for separation of concerns; appropriate use of models, views, and controllers; choose between client-side and server side processing; design for scalability
Design the user experience
  • Apply the user interface design for a web application
    • Create and apply styles by using CSS, structure and lay out the user interface by using HTML, implement dynamic page content based on a design
  • Design and implement UI behavior
    • Implement client validation, use JavaScript and the DOM to control application behavior, extend objects by using prototypal inheritance, use AJAX to make partial page updates, implement the UI by using JQuery
  • Plan an adaptive UI layout
    • Plan for running applications in browsers on multiple devices (screen resolution, CSS, HTML), plan for mobile web applications
Troubleshoot and debug web applications
  • Prevent and troubleshoot runtime issues
    • Troubleshoot performance, security, and errors; implement tracing, logging (including using attributes for logging), and debugging (including IntelliTrace); enforce conditions by using code contracts; enable and configure health monitoring (including Performance Monitor)
  • Test a web application
    • Create and run unit tests (for example, use the Assert class), create mocks; create and run web tests, including using Browser Link; debug a web application in multiple browsers and mobile emulators
Design and implement security
  • Configure authentication
    • Authenticate users; enforce authentication settings; choose between Windows, Forms, and custom authentication; manage user session by using cookies; configure membership providers; create custom membership providers; configure ASP.NET Identity
  • Configure and apply authorization
    • Create roles, authorize roles by using configuration, authorize roles programmatically, create custom role providers, implement WCF service authorization
Plan and design SharePoint sites
  • 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 behaviors
    • 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
Access and manage data
  • 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
Implement SharePoint solutions
  • 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, organize SharePoint project items, structure app packages
  • Create a no-code solution
    • Configure no-code customizations for the SharePoint 2013 platform, create XSLT for web parts, create and upload JavaScript files, create Display Templates
Implement the user experience and information architecture
  • 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
  • Customize UI elements
    • Customize the ribbon, customize the edit control block (ECB), customize the status bar and notifications, customize the modal dialog window, customize the upgrade notification, select areas for focus on content
Create business processes
  • 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
Design and implement search
  • Query search
    • Build search queries using FAST Query Language (FQL) and Keyword Query Language (KQL), execute search queries using client-side object model (CSOM), Web Services, and REST
Design for performance and troubleshooting
  • Design solutions to handle a high-traffic site
    • Combine images, implement caching, minimize number of queries, optimize JavaScript loading, use Content Delivery Networks (CDNs), create a scalable aggregator
  • Monitor and mitigate performance and scalability issues
    • Diagnose application stability issues, debug the server side and app code on the client side, create application diagnostics, measure and test application performance

Preparation options

Instructor-led training
Exam prep videos

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 486

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 486.

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 488

In this episode of Prep tips from certification experts, James Seymour, Certification Planner, and Aaron Steele, Microsoft Consulting Services, discuss the relevancy of the skills being measured on Exam 488.

Microsoft Certification PREP Talk: Exam 489

In this episode of Prep tips from certification experts, James Seymour, Certification Planner, and Aaron Steele, Microsoft Consulting Services, discuss the relevancy of the skills being measured on Exam 489.

Self-paced training

Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications Jump Start

Developers for the Microsoft platform should take this course if you are ready to start building enterprise web applications, if you need to ramp up on the new Model View Control (MVC) features, or if you want to update your Microsoft certification. The course tells you what you need to know and prepares you for Exam 70-486.

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 optimize your SharePoint applications, explore workflows in SharePoint Designer, and create an app, deploy it to a catalog, and install it.

Developing SharePoint Server Advanced Solutions Jump Start

Are you looking for information about how to incorporate SharePoint social networking features into your own application? Learn how to call SharePoint Server search from the client and how to enhance your Business Connectivity Services (BCS) implementation. This demo-laden presentation will point you in the right direction. It covers developing against SharePoint Server features, including server and client side code, developing features that incorporate social networking, BCS, and SharePoint Server Search.

Practice test

Take a Microsoft Official Practice Test for Exam 486

From the community

Exam 70-486 wiki

Exam 70-486 forum

Who should take this exam?

This exam is for individuals looking to maintain their MCSD: SharePoint Applications developer certification. It is based on the exam objectives from 486, 488, and 489.

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