Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) exam for Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML5


This article gives a brief overview of all the exams covered under MCSD - Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML5. I have mentioned about the advantages of each individual certification and also syllabus for individual exams. At the end I have also given information related to scoring and questions patterns of MCSD exams.

Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certificate proves our talent at designing and developing Metro Style Apps for Windows 8 Operating System. Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) for Windows Metro Style Apps using HTML5 certification course mainly consists of 3 exams and they are as follows,
• Exam 70-480 which is about Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
• Exam 70-481 which is about Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript
• Exam 70-482 which is about Advanced Metro style App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript



Exam 70-480 - Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3:


Overview: Candidates should have a profound knowledge on concepts like Managing program flow and events, asynchronous programming and threading, handling errors and exceptions, data validation and working of data collections including JQuery, arrays, collections, working scenarios of variables, operators, expressions, prototypes & methods and a good knowledge on decision and iteration statements. Candidates appearing for Exam 70-480 which is about Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 are recommended to have 1+ years of experience in programming the essential business/application logic for various application types at both hardware and software types using JavaScript, 1+ years of experience in developing HTML for an object oriented programming model like Java/.Net.

Skills Tested: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 tests your ability in following areas,

Implement and Manipulate Document Structures and Objects (24%)
• Create the document structure.
• Write code that interacts with UI controls.
• Apply styling to HTML elements programmatically.
• Implement HTML5 APIs.
• Establish the scope of objects and variables.
• Create and implement objects and methods.

Implement Program Flow (25%)
• Implement program flow.
• Raise and handle an event
• Implement exception handling.
• Implement a callback.
• Create a web worker process.

Access and Secure Data (26%)
• Validate user input by using HTML5 elements.
• Validate user input by using JavaScript.
• Consume data.
• Serialize, deserialize, and transmit data.

Use CSS3 in Applications (25%)
• Style HTML text properties.
• Style HTML box properties.
• Create a flexible content layout.
• Create an animated and adaptive UI.
• Find elements by using CSS selectors and JQuery.
• Structure a CSS file by using CSS selectors.

Credit gained after certification: When you finish Exam 70-480 - Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 you will complete the requirements for programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 specialist and also counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – Web Applications and Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – Windows Metro Style Apps using HTML5.

Exam 70-481 - Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript:


Overview: Candidates appearing for this exam should have a minimum experience in the areas of designing and developing Metro style apps that access both local and remote data & services, designing the various layers of an application for separation of concerns, designing and developing asynchronous solutions and designing user interaction solutions depending on the requirements. Apart from this candidates must also have at-least 2+ years of experience in developing HTML based applications with a minimum of 1+ years of experience on touch screen environment.

Skills Tested: Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript tests your ability in following areas,

Design Metro style Apps (20%)
• Design the UI layout and structure.
• Design for separation of concerns.
• Design and implement Process Lifetime Management (PLM).
• Plan for an application deployment.

Develop Metro style Apps by Using WinRT (20%)
• Access and display contacts.
• Design for charms and contracts.
• Implement search.
• Implement Share in an app.
• Manage application settings and preferences.

Create the User Interface (21%)
• Implement WinJS controls.
• Create layout-aware apps to handle view states.
• Design and implement the app bar.
• Apply CSS styling.

Program User Interaction (20%)
• Manage input devices.
• Design and implement navigation in an app.
• Create and manage tiles.
• Notify users by using toast.

Manage Security and Data (19%)
• Choose a data access strategy.
• Retrieve data remotely.
• Implement data binding.
• Manage Windows Authentication and Authorization.
• Manage Web Authentication.

Credit gained after certification: When you finish Exam 70-481 - Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript, it counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – Windows Metro Style Apps using HTML5.

Exam 70-482 - Advanced Metro style App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript:


Overview: The basic requirements for Advanced Metro style App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript are pretty similar to Developing Windows Metro style Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript but on top of the above requirements candidates must also have good experience in designing and developing the Process Lifetime Management for Metro style apps and also managing & securing application data for a Metro style app solution.

Skills Tested: Advanced Metro style App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript tests your ability in following areas,

Develop Metro style Apps by Using WinRT (17%)
• Create background tasks.
• Consume background tasks.
• Integrate WinMD components into a solution.

Discover and Interact with Devices (13%)
• Capture media with the camera and microphone.
• Get data from sensors.
• Enumerate and discover device capabilities.

Program User Interaction (18%)
• Implement printing by using contracts and charms.
• Implement Play To by using contracts and charms.
• Notify users by using Windows Push Notification Service (WNS).

Enhance the User Interface (18%)
• Design for and implement UI responsiveness.
• Implement animations and transitions.
• Create custom controls.
• Design apps for globalization and localization.

Manage Data and Security (18%)
• Design and implement data caching.
• Save and retrieve files from the file system.
• Secure application data.

Prepare for a Solution Deployment (16%)
• Design and implement trial functionality in an app.
• Design for error handling.
• Design and implement a test strategy.
• Design a diagnostics and monitoring strategy.

Credit gained after certification: When you finish Exam 70-482 - Advanced Metro style App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript, it counts as credit towards Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) – Web Applications.

For more details you can visit MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps Using HTML5



Scoring and Questions Patterns of Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer:


All Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) exams are rated on a scale of 0 to 1000 and candidates whose score is above 700 will pass the exam. Question patterns in all the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer exams are more or less of same type which consists of Multiple-choice questions, Hot-area questions, Active-screen questions, Drag-and-drop questions, Build-list and reorder questions.


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