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5 Tips to Pass Microsoft 70-487 Exam and Get Your MCSD Credential

Zoltan Tundik

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Microsoft is the creator of many Information Technologies that are widely used in the world. Most of the organizations, businesses, companies, and individuals trust Microsoft products. Many professionals in the IT industry also validate their knowledge and skills by getting specialized Microsoft certifications. Microsoft credentials are designed to cover various technologies which are widely applied in the industry. The company offers IT certifications at three distinct levels:

  • Fundamental
  • Associate
  • Expert

Microsoft certifications are awarded to IT professionals who have showcased their ultimate understanding of Microsoft technologies. The expert level is the highest tier which an individual can achieve in the Microsoft certification web program. Some of the topmost expert-level credentials include:

  • Microsoft 365 Certified: Enterprise Administrator Expert
  • MCSE: Data Management and Analytics
  • MCSD: App Builder
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure Solutions Architect Expert
  • Microsoft Certified: Azure DevOps Engineer Expert

There are other certifications which you can opt for under expert level, but you must know that most of them require relevant associate-level credentials. More importantly, you must pass at least one exam in order to attain any Microsoft certification. Let’s have a look at how we can attain the MCSD: App Builder credential.

Before we dive into the exams needed to earn the MCSD: App Builder certification, we need to know which requirements need to be fulfilled in the first place. So, to get MCSD certified, first you must earn one of the following MCSA credentials:

  • MCSA: Web Applications
  • MCSA: Universal Windows Platform

After that, you must choose one of the following exams:

  • Developing Mobile Applications (70-357) – this exam is perfect for candidates who have experience in developing and designing Windows 10 apps. Experience in the creation of mobile apps using XAML and C# is required.
  • Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications (70-486) – the ideal candidates for 70-486 exam are software engineers who apply Microsoft Visual Studio 2017 and ASP.NET frameworks to design and develop web solutions. The candidates ought to have practical experience of three years in creating solutions based on ASP.NET MVC.
  • Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services (70-487) – if you have three years of practical experience in developing web services, then this exam is for you. Microsoft also recommends you to possess experience in the creation of Web API and Azure solutions.

MCSD: App Builder is an ideal certification for professionals who want to upgrade their knowledge and skills in software development. Microsoft exams test the candidates’ knowledge of various app development concepts. I am MCSD certified, and I did 70-487 exam to sharpen my understanding of Microsoft Azure and Web Services.

Below are 70-487 exam concepts:

  • Data access
  • Manipulating and querying data using Entity Framework
  • Consuming and creating Web services based on API
  • Implementing and designing web services
  • Deploying services and web applications

The preparation process was quite tough, but I managed it. These are the tips I used to ease my preparation for Microsoft 70-487 test.

  1. Create your workspace

This is the first step that you should take when you are preparing for a certification exam. Good preparation is done in an environment that is free from distractions such as noise. You should create your workspace away from any sources of noise such as TV and other electronic devices. Smartphones connected to Wi-Fi are especially dangerous, if you know what I mean. Such things make your preparation meaningless because you will not be able to concentrate on your preparation materials.

  1. Use the list of exam objectives as a guide

Every Microsoft exam has objectives which need to be achieved by all candidates who are intending to pass. You should use the exam objectives as your guide because they highlight the concepts you must know in order to complete the questions that are dedicated to a specific topic. Microsoft 70-487 exam objectives are also a perfect tool to set a certain limit because some topics are too broad to be fully covered.

  1. Enroll in training courses

The only way to sharpen your understanding of Microsoft Azure and web services is training. One of the best materials that will equip you with the ultimate knowledge is video courses from PrepAway. 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services exam is all about hands-on experience. Therefore, video training courses are perfect material because you will be able to watch every demonstration and repeat the necessary steps as many times as you want.

  1. Use lab sessions

The ideal way of understanding the main concepts is practicing them in a real-life environment. It is meaningless to follow instructor-led video courses without practical implementation. As a determined candidate, you are supposed to take your computer and start coding right away. Whenever you implement new concepts, you learn how to debug errors that arise during the development process.

  1. Take practice exams

The knowledge you have gained during preparation is enough to make you pass, but it is important to assess yourself before the main exam time arrives. It means that you have to download 70-487 practice exams from the PrepAway website and start taking them. You will realize that some of the questions need a deeper understanding. Some of the topics are tougher than the others, and you may have to improve your knowledge at some point. Practice exams will help you identify the topics that need more attention.

Job opportunities

  • Mobile Developer
  • Web Developer
  • Software Developer

MCSD: App Builder certified professionals are able to earn an annual basic salary that ranges from $71,000 to $170,000.

In a nutshell

The opportunities always come to professionals who constantly sharpen their knowledge in their area of expertise. The most important thing you should consider as an IT professional is to get the relevant training that will enable you to pass your certification exam successfully. Microsoft 70-487 is the ideal test to validate your skills in mobile and web development. Get certified and become the next competent software developer!

After starting out as an affiliate in 2009 and developing some recognized review portals, I have moved deeper into journalism and media. My experience has lead me to move into the B2B sector and write about compliance updates and report around the happenings of the online and land based gaming sector.

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Spanish and Portuguese gambling industry in focus at EGC Milan 2019 experts from Grupo R. FRANCO and Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés Law Firm

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Major gambling industry markets such as Spain and Portugal to be analyzed by leading experts at EGC Milan 2019!

 

News about the gambling industry in Spain and Portugal has been trending on all gaming media outlets and in the past 4 years, the industry has been booming in these two jurisdictions.

A study, conducted by The Portuguese Association of Gambling and Online Games (APAJO), has revealed that there are between 400 and 600 thousand individual bettors online in Portugal, which represents between 4.6% and 6.9 % of the adult population in the country.

The study titled “Online Gambling in Portugal – The Best Bet for the National Regulatory System” prepared at the request of APAJO by Winning Scientific Management has shown that the Portuguese market had grown in a balanced way and in line with the European markets analyzed. It cautions, however, that licensed operators need more protection at the level of unlicensed game combat mechanisms and the information provided on the sector would be more detailed and comprehensive.

Online gambling has only been available in the country for a few years, but it has quickly grown to become very popular.

The statistics from the Serviço Regulação e Inspeção de Jogos do Turismo de Portugal have revealed that the country’s online gambling market enjoyed its best-ever quarterly performance at the start of this year, generating revenues of more than €47 million in the three-month period which ended on March 31st.

The online gambling market appears to be thriving in Europe at the moment and these new figures concerning Portugal only seem to reinforce that fact. Revenues in the country have seen a significant jump in the past 12 months and all eyes will be on whether it can ultimately keep up this pace in the months and years ahead. It is undoubtedly an intriguing time for the industry and it will be interesting to see just what comes next.

More than half of the revenue was specifically generated by betting, with football accounting for almost 75 percent of online wagering. This put the sport well ahead of its nearest rivals including basketball and tennis. In terms of gaming, revenues were up to €22.6 million with gaming machines – or slots – accounting for more than 63 percent of that. Trailing behind were other games such as online roulette and blackjack.

The gambling industry in Spain is also an increasingly attractive market for operators and suppliers alike; with bright forecasts for the market’s future following its regulation in 2012.

Spain’s current expansion is unprecedented and records show a 20.10% increase in terms of GGR, mostly due to the ever-growing popularity of sports betting online, which is currently above 25% in GGR.

Of course, there’s an increase in new customers, but we’re also seeing an exponential trend of players becoming ambassadors for the transition to online, which is, in turn, the catalyst for a very interesting multiplier effect within their own social circles, with more of their friends signing up to the digital world as a consequence. This is definitely indicative of the new generation of players getting involved in iGaming – and represents fantastic potential beyond the traditional bastion of sports betting.

Read: Spain: A new bull market? Exclusive interview with Ruben Loeches, CMO at R. Franco Group

At European Gaming Congress (EGC) we are bringing together key industry experts from Spain and Portugal in order to have a quality discussion about what operators need to know when entering the market or if they are already active in the region, what they should do in order to improve their presence.

The discussion will take place in Milan on the 8th of November at Radisson Blu Hotel Milan.

You can register here or view the agenda here!

The Spanish and Portuguese gambling industry will be discussed during the “Highlights from South West Europe” compliance panel discussion which is moderated by Andrius Gabnys (Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm)

The Spanish gambling industry update will be presented from two angles by leading local experts Javier Sacristán (Digital & Operations Director at Grupo R. FRANCO) and the already announced Willem van Oort (Founder of Gaming in Holland / Gaming in Spain)

The Portuguese gambling industry update will be presented by Óscar Madureira (Senior Associate at Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés).

Make sure you take advantage of this unique opportunity of learning and networking with the gambling industry in Europe via the EGC platform every year.

Register here!

About Andrius Gabnys – Attorney At Law – Gabnys Law Firm (panel moderator)

Andrius Gabnys is an attorney-at-law and a managing partner at Gabnys Law Firm, a legal boutique based in Vilnius, Lithuania, and Tallinn, Estonia. The Firm specializes in entertainment (gambling, media, arts) and technology (IT, cybersecurity) legal aspects. Andrius Gabnys has been working in the online gambling sector for over 10 years and focuses on the multijurisdictional licensing, IP and related matters. He has extensive experience dealing with the gambling authorities in Europe, CIS countries, Africa and South America.

About Óscar Madureira – Senior Associate at Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés

Óscar is a Senior Associate at Rato, Ling, Lei & Cortés in charge of the Portuguese office, and is a member of the Macau Lawyers Association, the Portuguese Bar Association and the Hong Kong Institute of Arbitrators (HKIA).

Before joining the firm, he was a Senior Legal Counsel for Melco Resorts and other law firms in Macau.  He was also a Legal Consultant for Porto City Hall, for the Portuguese National Traffic and Transportation Department and for the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Guinea-Bissau in Portugal.

He is a member of the Scientific Council of the Rui Cunha Foundation, a lecturer and consultant at the Centre for Reflection, Study and Dissemination of Macau SAR Law (CRED-MD) and a guest lecturer at the University of Saint Joseph, Macau.

About Javier Sacristán – Digital & Operations Director at Grupo R. FRANCO

Javier Sacristán has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from the University of Southern California. Throughout his career he has held different key positions in the start-up arena and in consolidated gaming companies, contributing his digital expertise. At present, he is Digital & Operations Director at R. Franco Group.

For more details browse the official event website here:  www.europeangamingcongress.com

 

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Almost Two-Thirds of Japanese Oppose Plans for Integrated Resorts

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Japanese citizens continue to oppose the plans for integrated resorts. According to a recent poll, 57.9% of the respondents disagree with the plan and 26.6% agree with it. Among the supporters, 62.8% said they would back the establishment of a casino resort in their area and 29.0% said they would not.

Japan’s public opinion may play a key role in whether some prefectures decide to press ahead with plans to host an IR. Yokohama recently announced it was planning to enter the race and swiftly became the firm favourite amongst major IR operators. However, public opinion against IRs is particularly strong there and may ultimately sway political opinion.

The continued opposition comes despite a concerted effort by operators to win hearts and minds in Japan, sponsoring local festivals and sports events and promoting non-gaming and other elements of IRs.

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MyChance Renovates its Platform

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Online casino MyChance has undergone a major renovation in its platform, providing a new, elegant, look and feel. MyChance has also added a number of personalisation and gamification features through the redesign.

The added features include a search tool and the “favourite” and rating games options, as well as an updated player reward system which rewards points that can then be used to rank and unlock additional benefits and exclusive deals.

“Our mission from day one has been to give back to our players and to provide them with the best possible online casino experience in the market. Our new look and improved offering achieve this aim; from our generous loyalty scheme to our thrilling and exciting races that run round the clock, we know how to look after our customers. We look forward to hearing feedback from our existing players and also to welcome new customers through our doors and to provide them with an online casino experience like no other,” Eric Holmberg, CEO of MyChance casino said.

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