Passed 4, failed 3

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

It seems my 'perfect record' of passing Microsoft exams has finally come to an end.

During August and September a large number of new exams were made available for 'beta' testing before their public release. Somehow I managed to take 7 exams over this time – most relating to developing Windows 8 applications.

The final results are now published I've passed:

  • 70-483: Programming in C#
  • 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development using C#
  • 70-486: Developing ASP.NET MVC 4 Web Applications
  • 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services
  • But unfortunately I didn't do so well for the remainder:

  • 70-481: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-482: Advanced Windows Store App Development using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps using C#
  • Failing the HTML5 exams wasn't much of a surprise. I really didn't know the technology very well at all, so it was reasonable that I didn't pass. I figured that it would still be a good learning experience to do the exams, and hopefully I'd pick up a few concepts along the way.

    70-484 was a bit more disappointing, but I'm pleased that by the time I took 70-485 I'd had a chance to spend a bit more time playing around with developing for Windows 8 – and that obviously paid off. I think I would like to do that one again in a few months, most likely after I've published some apps to the Windows 8 Store – that should then qualify me for the MCSD Windows Store Apps.

    Another exam that I wasn't offered in beta was 70-480 – "Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3". That may be another one to do in the future, as then I'd also add MCSD Web Applications.

    One side-benefit of passing 70-483 means that I achieved the following certification: Programming in C# Specialist

    Happy ending

    Tuesday, 16 October 2012

    One day during the school holidays, I organised to ride with my two oldest kids down part of the veloway and finishing up at Christies Beach. They both rode very well, and we met up with the rest of the family and Narelle's parents for fish and chips overlooking the sea.

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    I wouldn't put myself in the same category as Jen but I think it's still a nice photo.

    TechEd 2012–Day 3

    Sunday, 14 October 2012

    Caramel slice!On the Friday I went to 3 sessions:

    I also ran my Instructor-led Lab - DEV ILL100 - Designing Windows 8 HTML apps in Blend. A nice lab which is probably more about getting familiar with Blend than with Windows 8 apps.

    Locknote arena

    After the closing keynote, I didn't need to rush off as Narelle and I were staying another night, flying home Saturday afternoon.

    I also had a chance to briefly visit the beach. After quite a few visits to the Gold Coast, I had never until now managed to get down to the foreshore. A bit cool to think about going for a swim by that time, but nice to finally see it.

    Gold Coast beach

    TechEd 2012–Day 2

    Saturday, 13 October 2012

    Ben car racingThursday was a busy day. I got to these sessions:

    Band BashI also helped in the hands-on labs and assisted with "ILL102 - Creating an Windows 8 Line of Business Application - HTML & JavaScript from Start to Finish".

    In the evening was the party night – lots of food and entertainment options! I watched Ben show off his prowess on the racing simulator, then after a good feed we headed to the main arena to catch some comedy, quiz show and an 'open mike' band bash. Turns out there's some pretty talented musicians masquerading as IT/Dev-types!

    TechEd 2012–Day 1

    Friday, 12 October 2012

    DJ with touch screenWednesday I caught the following sessions throughout the day:

    I ran my first 'ExamCram' session – on Exam 70-599 - Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone 7 Applications.

    With Windows Phone 8 just around the corner, I wasn't sure if I'd have many takers. As it turns out, I had exactly one person. A high student-teacher ratio!

    I was also on the late-shift for helping in hands on labs today, from 5pm – 8pm.