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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!

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Week 49 slot games releases

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Let’s have a look at this week’s latest slot game releases!

Wazdan is thrilled to announce that their enchanting new Asian slot game, Butterfly Lovers™, is now available to play across Wazdan partner casinos. Following a teaser announcement at SiGMA 2019 just last week, Butterfly Lovers™ has officially hit the slots, much to the delight of eager players and operators. Designed with a deep, compelling narrative, Butterfly Lovers™ takes players back in time to the Eastern Jin Dynasty to follow two lovers, Liang Shanbo and Zhu Yingtai, who lived an epic love story. Forbidden to see one another by their society, the two died apart and only after death could their spirits come together, transforming into butterflies, never to be alone again.

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By popular demand the casino world’s favourite lucky leprechaun is back and more magical than ever in NetEnt’s latest slot sensation Finn’s Golden Tavern. Set in the leprechaun’s local drinking tavern, the 5×5 video slot is loaded with features including a Wild Symbol and a Free Spins Chest, as well as Free Spins with a multiplier meter and a coin bonus that increase chances of bagging a big pot of gold. With two different Random Features, Fist Slam and Random Coins, making for a rollercoaster gameplay and a 96.1% Return-To-Player, there’s no telling what will happen in this fun-filled slot adventure.

NetEnt with Finn’s Golden Tavern™

 

Betsoft Gaming has shaken up the market with its brand new offering Dragon & Phoenix. Taking players to a magical royal court of riches, pagodas and lucky symbols, the latest release will offer full screen wilds and high volatility free spins.

Betsoft with “Dragon & Phoenix”

 

Venture into the ancient world of pyramids in Kalamba Games’ latest slot adventure Temple of Heroes. Packed full of the studio’s signature mechanics which maximise win opportunity, the high volatility title has a starting 5×3 grid with the ability to expand the reel set to 6 and access multipliers at the highest level through the HypberBet feature. Players can also increase their winning chances by collecting Random Expanding Symbols before each Free Spins Bonus, triggered when three or more Great Pyramid wilds land on the reels, or instantly ramp up the intensity of chasing the special symbols with the HyperBonus option.

 Kalamba Games’ Temple of Heroes

 

Blueprint Gaming has unveiled the launch of its red-hot release Dragonfall, in a move which further diversifies the leading developer’s slots portfolio. The 8×8 grid game blazes onto the market with massive prize opportunities, with cluster pays and tumbling reels that activate wins again and again. The highly volatile slot features four mystical modifiers that turn the game on its head, including the Mystery Flame, Mega Drop, Fire Burst and Dragon Rage, each holding the power to unleash fury upon the reels.

Blueprint Gaming with Dragonfall

 

iSoftBet has launched its latest new slot, Hot Spin Deluxethe much-anticipated sequel to the ever popular Hot Spin. This brand new, 20-line game takes all the best bits from the original smash hit and supercharges the whole experience with the addition of Win Multipliers and an Ultra Reel, which covers the whole layout with giant symbols and can produce some spectacular results.

isoftbet-hot spin deluxe

 

The latest Play’n GO slot title was released, the Egyptian themed Ankh of Anubis. Based around Egyptian mythology the game focuses on the god of death, Anubis, in an alternate timeline where he ruled over the ancient Egyptian world for centuries, creating a kingdom of great technological advancement and prosperity. The action takes place on a diamond-shaped 3-4-4-4-3 grid, only the second diamond grid slot that the company have produced (after Mermaid’s Diamond), and it features over 700 payways rather than paylines.

Play’n GO Slot Ankh of Anubis

 

Playson has unveiled Red Chilli Winsthe first release from its new series of fruit slots. Following the success of its Timeless Fruit Slots portfolio, the newly created Funky Fruits series includes titles that put a fresh twist on the popular fruit machine theme with funky artwork and modern mechanics, while also featuring classic elements that players demand from these types of games. Set on a 3×5 game field with 9 paylines, Red Chilli Wins features an adjacent pay mechanic, which means that any three symbols that land anywhere on a line result in a win.

Playson with new slot Red Chilli Wins

 

Leap Gaming has selected ambitious aggregator GrooveGaming for the launch of their first foray into slots design and production with ‘Hercules Do or Die’, that uses the best of Greek mythology for inspiration. Greek mythology has heavily influenced different books, stories, movies, TV shows, as well as slots, and has become a popular form of entertainment in its own right. Leap, a leader in developing virtual sports games, is now bringing that expertise to the online slot games market, choosing a strategic partnership for this vitally important game launch with the fastest growing aggregator GrooveGaming to get Hercules Do or Die efficiently and effectively into the market.

GrooveGaming leaps ahead with launch of Leap Gaming's first slots release 'Hercules Do or Die'

 

Pariplay has launched Jonny Ventura and The Eye of Ra, an Egyptian-themed online slot summoning players on an adventure to uncover hidden secrets and invaluable treasures. In pursuing special rewards, players will encounter Ra, the ancient Egyptian deity of the sun, who arises in the free spins feature. Additional rewarding in-game functionalities include extra betting lines and a thrilling gamble option. Players set out on an epic exploration of ancient Egypt with the guidance of fearless adventurer, Jonny Ventura, who dares to confront the mysteries of a timeless civilisation in pursuit of pulse-pounding action. Jonny Ventura and The Eye of Ra offers slot enthusiasts a 5-reel, 3-row gameplay area with 10 paylines.

Pariplay’s New ‘Jonny Ventura and The Eye of Ra’ Slot Invites Players on an Egyptian Excursion

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QTech Games Targets Indian Market with New Recruitment Drive

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QTech Games has announced further expansion plans across emerging markets in Asia, featuring a new recruitment drive around India’s breakout territory.

As the fastest-growing games distributor in Asia, QTech Games is logically broadening its reach into the world’s second-most populous country, where it is now taking applications from experienced sales people with knowledge of the India market.

The proven success of QTech Games’ new partnership model is opening up new territories for operators looking to secure a foothold in the Asian market via QTech Games’ local expertise and unique infrastructure.

“At QTech Games, we’re currently seeing the greatest growth in India. That’s no surprise considering a ramping population of 1.3 billion, near universal access to 4G, and dropping costs for smartphones and the internet, even in the backwaters. Consequently, India’s online sector has welcomed a raft of acquisitions this year, as operators plant their flags in the sand ahead of the expected boom. Accordingly, QTech Games is now offering operators the chance to become the integration partner for new content / studios, removing the hassle of integrations in order that internal tech teams can concentrate on value-added processes. In fact, our company axiom is simply: one seamless integration for all the emerging and growth markets,” Markus Nasholm, CEO of QTech Games said.

“A flexible platform and an open mind are the only things you must be sure to take with you, wherever you’re travelling across this ever-changing landscape – and, at QTech, our market-leading platform has you securely packed for all the best, localized games – majoring in mobile. Asian operators aren’t too bothered if you have the ‘traditional’ game providers. That said, if you don’t have the Fish game in China, there’s a 0% probability of becoming successful. And it’s a similar story with the Andar Bahar card game in India, where the eyes of the industry are converging right now. As a result, we’re already on a strong recruitment drive to hire the best and brightest minds as our tentacles extend into ever more culturally-specific and diverse territories. So, if you’re an expert with relevant experience in the territory, we’d love to hear from you,” Markus Nasholm added.

 

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Slovak Authorities Charges Tipos CEO with Money Laundering Case

Niji Narayan

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Slovak authorities have charged two employees of the Tipos national lottery on charges of violating their duties and money laundering. The CEO of the lottery, Ján Barczi, and the head of the IT department, Miloš Prelec, were charged.

Both are accused of “violating their duties when managing entrusted property and of money laundering,” Slovakian police wrote on their Facebook page.

The National Criminal Agency of Slovakia (NAKA) is investigating Tipos for allegedly allowing money to pass from gambling accounts to private bank accounts without placing any gambling bets.

The national gambling company has been under investigation by NAKA for more than a year. In April 2018, the company closed 142 player accounts on suspicion of being part of a money laundering scheme. Tipos said at the time about 260,000 euros was laundered, though authorities continue to investigate whether the number is larger.

Thirty NAKA members participated in last month’s raid on Tipos following a tip about the scheme from a whistleblower. NAKA was looking for evidence of the alleged money laundering.

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