I'm currently studying for Microsoft exam 70-532 - Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions. I do enjoy studying for exams. It's hard, but it's an excellent forcing function. I learn bits and pieces here and there now and then about this and that every day, but when I have an exam schedule for a set date, I have to study! And not only do I put in more hours, but I follow a more systematic approach. In this article, I'm going to share my approach and give you my study guide for exam 70-532 in case you too are studying and this method works for you.
Here's my strategy...
- Visit the official exam page
For 70-532, the page is at https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam-70-532.aspx
- Click show all next under the Skills Measured section and copy the whole thing
- Paste it into a OneNote notebook
- Format it by breaking all of the skill points out onto separate lines and adding checkboxes
- Study each point and check it off when I feel like I understand
Here's what it ends up looking like when I'm done...
So I start by asking myself if I know what a deployment slot is. I don't. I Bing it and find something like this Staged Deployment on Microsoft Azure Websites article that does an excellent job of defining the term and goes on to discuss the next point roll back deployments as well. So I read up, try it myself, grok the concept, then check the boxes. Simple as that. Notice I said that my study process is simple. The concept aren't always, but then that's one of the reasons I like software... it's complicated!
So attached you'll find a OneNote notebook that's yours to keep. Just open it up, start studying, and start checking. And give me a shout on Twitter when you pass the exam! Best of luck!