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Microsoft is developing its learning programs to help you and your career stay involved in today’s demanding IT environments. Ignite in September 2018, Microsoft announced a new one role-based certificates to help you and your career stay abreast of today’s business requirements. They develop a learning program to better provide the skills you need, to prove your expertise to employers and your peers, and to get the recognition and opportunities you deserve. Check the following document for a complete overview of the new Microsoft Certification Program released September 24, 2018. Stay tuned as Microsoft plans to announce more role-based certifications in 2019.

I am now so happy and grateful that I passed AZ-202 Microsoft Azure Developer Certification Transition Exam.

I did a beta test on December 28, 2018, and by the end of the test, I received a message that the result will not be available until the direct release date of the test. You should receive a printed earnings report via email within eight weeks of the exam release date.

Transition test was intended first for those candidates who have taken and passed Exam 70-532: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions earn Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate. If you have not passed exam 532, you will not earn a certificate by completing AZ-202 test.

The good news is, Microsoft is simplifying the Path to Azure Developers certification! As of January 3, 2019, Microsoft combined the Azure Developer certification path from two exams, AZ-200 and AZ-201, for only one exam, the new exam is AZ-203: Development of Microsoft Azure solutions. You also don’t have to take or move the previous one 70-532 exam.

In addition The AZ-202 exam will retire on March 31, 2019, because a single exam certificate no longer requires a transfer test. Updated single exam is AZ-203: Development of Microsoft Azure solutions.

I received the result on January 29, 2019 PASSING score. I thought I would share my experience with this post to help you prepare for and clear this exam successfully.

In this exam, I got something about 61 questions, and the total time for the exam is 180 minutes. The questions correspond pretty much to the skills measured below.

This experiment is for Azure developers who design and build cloud solutions such as applications and services. They are involved in all stages of development from solution design to development and deployment to testing and maintenance. They work with cloud solution architects, cloud service systems, cloud service administrators, and customers to implement the solution.

Candidates should be able to develop applications and services using Azure tools and technologies, including storage, security, computing, and communications. You must also have at least one year of experience developing scalable solutions at all stages of software development and be proficient in at least one cloud-supported programming language.

This test measures your ability to complete the technical topics listed below based on the latest update from Microsoft:

Develop Azure infrastructure as service computer solutions (10-15%)

  • Deploy solutions that use virtual machines (VMs)
  • Perform batch jobs using Azure Batch Services
  • Create container solutions

Develop Azure Platform as service invoicing solutions (20-25%)

  • Create Azure App Service applications
  • Create Azure App Service mobile apps
  • Create Azure App Service APIs
  • Enable Azure features

Develop for Azure storage (15-20%)

  • Develop solutions that use storage tables
  • Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage
  • Develop solutions that use a relational database
  • Develop solutions that use blob storage

Enable Azure Security (10-15%)

  • Enable authentication
  • Enable access control
  • Deploy secure data solutions

Track, troubleshoot and optimize Azure solutions (15-20%)

  • Develop code to support the scalability of applications and services
  • Integrate caching and content distribution into solutions
  • Instrument solutions to support tracking and recording

Connect to and use Azure and third party services (20-25%)

  • Develop the App Service Logic
  • Integrate with Azure Search solutions
  • Configure API gateways
  • Develop event-based solutions
  • Develop message-based solutions

Practice, Practice, and Read … I can’t stress enough that hands-on experience and an understanding of all the concepts will help you complete this exam. In fact, when I was preparing for this exam, I didn’t have any preparation material on hand. Microsoft did not release any preparation options.

The most important success in passing this exam is working with Microsoft Azure on a daily basis. You can create your own free Azure account today and start practicing the new features.

I usually use Microsoft Azure documentation which is a great resource for learning, and I used it Microsoft Learn A new learning method for exploring more advanced Azure Developer topics, I highly recommend reviewing it.

I recommend you buy AZ-203 Microsoft Azure Exam Prep. -Development of solutions education from udemy and watch it completely a couple of times. This course contains approximately 8.5 hours of content and is constantly updated.

Pluralsight also provides an excellent learning path for Microsoft Azure Developer preparation, you can check it out here.

Last but not least, you can take the following free Azure Developer courses from Microsoft and prepare:

If you are going to take this exam … I wish you all the best and good study !!!

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