EXAM 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services

I am starting this series on Exam 70-487: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services for two reasons: 1. review the topics covered in the latest update and 2. share practical insights on those concepts.
Hopefully, by the time we are done, if you follow along, we will all go and pass the Exam and/or become better developers.

Now, I am well aware of the new Microsoft role-based Certifications. A role-based certification shows you are keeping pace with today’s technical roles and requirements. So, it is a good thing to Skill up, prove your expertise to employers and peers, and get the recognition and opportunities you’ve earned.

Having said that, I have been a Microsoft Certified Professional for as long as they launched the Certification program, but I want to caution developers on the fact that, the spectrum of Microsoft technologies still in use in many companies across the world is so widespread that it becomes wise to look at your own current organization, your personal career and intellectual sort and long terms goals and decide which certification to pursue.

While certain certifications are retiring soon, some older certifications like Exam 70-487 have been updated to cover some of the latest concepts in Cloud development.

If you are in an environment that has moved or is quickly moving to Microsoft Azure, then you should contemplate the following exams:

  • Microsoft Certified Azure Fundamentals
  • Microsoft Certified Azure DevOps Engineer
  • Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect
  • Microsoft Certified Azure Developer
  • Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator


For some of us who two earlier Cloud Certifications exam from Microsoft, we are now forced to choose a more narrow and targeted certification or upgrade (It actually feels like the Microsoft Specialist certification )

After reviewing the objectives of this exam in detail, and having sat for earlier versions, I came to the conclusion that every developer in the Microsoft ecosystem should strive to master the following topics covered by the exam:

  1. Accessing Data (20-25%)
  2. Querying and Manipulating Data by Using the Entity Framework (20-25%)
  3. Creating and Consuming Web API-based services (20-25%)
  4. Designing and Implementing Web Services (15-20%)
  5. Deploying Web Applications and Services (15-20%)
In the next few weeks, in preparation for this updated version of the exam, I will chronicle all my study sessions, sample coding and strategies for passing exam 70-487.


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