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Getting Started to become an MCSD in Windows Store Apps

March 30, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Certification, Community, CSS 3, HTML5, JavaScript, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Store, Windows Store Development 1 comment

Last few years Microsoft Developer Certification Exams progressed forward through two certification tracks or titles MCTS(Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) and MCPD(Microsoft Certified Professional Developer). Earlier Microsoft certification titles been called as MCAD(Microsoft Certified Application Developer) and MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solution Developer), and Since .NET Framework 2.0 to 4.0 certifications – Microsoft renamed the titles as MCTS and MCPD respectively.  Last year onwards Microsoft has decided to return back to old titles once again.

All .NET Framework 4.5 certification series belongs to MCSD(Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer) and MTA(Microsoft Technology Associate)  titles.  Also MCSD titles have a validity of 2 years and developers have to renew their titles in every 2 years, to keep up with latest industry technology standards(earlier there was no expiry for certifications, most of the exams were valid life long) .

What is an MCSD?
The MCSD is a professional level certification that is the latest in Microsofts re-envisioning of their developer exams for the cloud. Rather than be tied to a specific qualification they are tied to the technology and re-certification is required.

What is the recertification period?
Every 2 years

To prove your Windows Store application development skills – Microsoft has introduced the MCSD on Windows Store Apps. 

There is again two tracks depending on the development platform of choice, and each title consists of 3 exams, you will have to pass all these 3 exams to earn the MCSD title on windows store apps.

1. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using HTML5/CSS3/JavaScript

  • 70-480 – Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 ( as a promotional offer, this exam was free until – MARCH 31st 2013, and probably most of you already earned it successfully)
  • 70-481 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using HTML5 and JavaScript
  • 70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using HTML5 and JavaScript

2. MCSD on Windows Store Apps using XAML/C#

  • 70-483 – Programming in C#
  • 70-484 – Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C#
  • 70-485 – Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#

Note: Exam 480 and Exam 483 validate programming skills in a specific language. By passing one of these exams you will earn a Microsoft Specialist certification.

Microsoft has released a set of FREE JumpStart tutorials/trainings for programmers who would like to study and take these exams.  Going through this online trainings and practicing would be enough for gaining proficiency in passing these exams.

Online Preparation materials: (Provided to you by Channel9 and Microsoft Virtual Academy)

70-480 – Developing in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 Jump Start

70-481 – Developing Windows Store Apps with HTML5 Jump Start and prep materials

70-482 – Advanced Windows Store App Development with HTML5 Jump Start

70-483 – Programming in C# Jump Start

70-484 –Developing Windows Store App Essentials using C# (484) Jump StartLIVE – May 2nd 2013 REGISTER TODAY

70-485 – Not available yet

Also try these free eBooks from Microsoft Press

Free ebook: Programming Windows 8 Apps with HTML, CSS, and JavaScript

Once you complete through corresponding JumpStart materials, you will have sufficient knowledge and confidence to appear for the associated exams. Remember practice is the key, and through practice you can gain more knowledge as well.

All the best for your exams, any doubts or helps write to me.

Learn more about MCSD Windows store developer certifications:  visit MCSD: Windows Store Apps Certification | Microsoft Learning

Coding4Fun Toolkit v2.0.3 for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

March 21, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Codeplex, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, MSDN, Third-Party-Libraries and Frameworks, ToolKits, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.1 SDK, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Coding4Fun team has released a new updates for their Windows Phone and Windows 8 controls. There are some interesting controls available for free through codeplex.com.

Coding4Fun team are major contributors to .NET community including Channel9 video series etc. They always brings up innovation in whatever they do, including set of Kinect based tutorials and sample codes available on Channel9 and Codeplex.

Here is the list of controls and converters available with this toolkit set provided to you by Coding4Fun Team.

Controls
Converters

The new release includes certain enhancements and bug fixes: (details given below)

New/Adjustments

  • PreventScrollBinding is included, this will prevents pivot / panorama movements on slider, prompts, …
  • Forced old nuget packages onto new system
  • Slider property change
    • Fill property -> Foreground property
    • Step property -> StepFrequency property

Bug Fixes

  • Toast Prompt would fail if you had two toasts active at the same time and swiped one away

You can download and try the latest release bits either through direct download from codeplex or through NuGet package installs.

Downloads:

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 7).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Phone 8).zip

Coding4Fun.Toolkit (Windows Store).zip

NuGet installs:

Documentation: http://coding4fun.codeplex.com/documentation

Microsoft ASP.NET and Frameworks 2012.2 – a.ka.–ASP.NET Web Tools – final Released

March 20, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, ASP.NET, ASP.NET 4.5, ASP.NET MVC, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, SignalR, VisualStudio, VS2012, Web API No comments

Microsoft has released ASP.NET and Frameworks Update 2012.2, also known as ASP.NET Web Tools 2012.2. This will provide updates to the web frameworks that shipped with Visual Studio 2012.

For more information see instructions in the release notes at http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=275132.

Download: AspNetWebTools2012Setup.exe

Kinect for Windows SDK v1.7 released

March 19, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, .NET Framework 4.5, Community, Kinect Development, Kinect SDK, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2010, VS2012, Windows, Windows 7, Windows 8 No comments

Microsoft has released the latest version of Kinect for Windows SDK – v1.7 with cool features for developers.

The key features introduced are:

  • Kinect Interactions –  Kinect Interactions are designed to let users intuitively do things like press their hand forward a few inches to push a button, or close their hands to “grip and pan” as seen here. Now you can untether yourself and move around a conference room naturally.
  • Kinect Fusion –  a tool included in Kinect for Windows SDK 1.7, can create highly accurate
    3-D renderings of people and objects in real time.

For more details read the Kinect for Windows team announcement blog and view release notes

Download Kinect for Windows SDK v 1.7   | Updated March 18, 2013, 228 MB

Download Kinect for Windows Developer Toolkit | Updated March 18, 2013, 378 MB

Download Kinect for Windows Runtime v1.7   ( the runtime is required to run Kinect for Windows applications on a production environment. )

Courtesy Microsoft Download Center

Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012–for Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps

March 9, 2013 .NET, Community, KnowledgeBase, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, Mobile-Development, MSDN, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows 8, Windows 8 apps development, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 7.5, Windows Phone 7.8, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows SDK, Windows Store, Windows Store Development No comments

Multilingual App toolkit for Visual Studio 2012 helps the windows Phone and Windows store app developers to integrate Multi lingual/localization capability in your applications.

This extension for Visual Studio 2012 helps you localize your Windows Store and Windows Phone apps with translation support, translation file management, and editor tools.

Download Multilingual App Toolkit for Visual Studio 2012

read the Blog from windows Phone team for more details: tips for localizing windows phone apps

See some related videos here:

Microsoft Media Platform – Player Framework for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 updated to version 1.1

March 5, 2013 .NET, .NET Framework, Codeplex, Community, IIS Smooth Streaming, Microsoft, Microsoft SDKs, MSDN, OpenSource, Streaming Media, VisualStudio, VS2012, Windows, Windows Phone, Windows Phone 8, Windows Phone 8.0 SDK, Windows Phone Development, Windows Phone SDK, Windows Phone Store, Windows SDK, Windows Store No comments

Microsoft Media platform team has recently updated the “Media Player Framework” for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 to version 1.1, which includes few enhancements and fixes.

“Media Player Framework” helps you in building media applications for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8.  The player framework contains an open source framework available for Silverlight, HTML5 and XBox media applications, Windows Phone and Windows applications.  It allows application developers to progressively download and play normal media contents from different download sources and other smooth streaming sources.

Download the latest framework from Codeplex.com:  http://playerframework.codeplex.com

Note: This framework is not for Windows Phone 7.x version applications, as it is based on Windows 8 application API’s – which are common for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 versions.