Usually, when people set out to get certified, the first item on the to do list is to acquire the best resources (books, training, practice tests, etc.) for the respective exam. In this article I will list the resources that helped me most for passing the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification exam.
As you probably know, the exam covers a huge array of topics related to virtual machines, cloud services, web apps, networking, storage strategy, etc. Having access to various training resources is key for passing this exam. Here are my favorite resources:
1) The official exam reference book
There were quite a few changes to to Azure since the exam first launched. Luckily we are finally getting an updated reference book - Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions (2nd Edition). It covers pretty much all exam topics and will provide you with a solid foundation, especially if you do not have a lot of experience with Azure. Also, the book contains practice questions at the end of each chapter.
If you are looking for the original reference book here it is - Exam Ref 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions.
2) MeasureUp practice test
The MeasureUp Practice Test for Microsoft (70-532): Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions is not cheap but is absolutely worth every penny. In addition to being able to check you current level, this practice test provides detailed explanation of all answers which happens to be one of the best features of this offering.
3) My training resources on Github
While I was preparing for this exam, I created several resources of my own which you might helpful as well. All of them are publicly available on Github. I hope that with the help of the community this collections of resources will grow with time. Here is a quick breakdown of all available resources.
Keep in mind that the latest version of the exam focuses on ARM so I would advise to study the ARM Powershell scripts.
Powershell scripts - more information is available here.
Powershell scripts ARM - more information is available here.
Quick facts - more information is available here.
ServiceDefinition vs ServiceConfiguration Cheat Sheet - more information is available here.
4) Chris Pietschmann's resources
Chris Pietschmann's blog on passing the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam contains additional resources that you might find useful. His blog probably contains the most comprehensive list of resources so you should definitely check it out.As usual let me know what you think in the comment section below. What was your favorite resource for preparing for the exam?