Showing posts with label Web Applications. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Web Applications. Show all posts

Friday, 12 September 2014

Five reasons why you’ll want the MCSD: Web Applications


The Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD): Web Application certification is one of the four top tier credentials designed for professionals and developers. But let’s see what the biggest reasons are for adding this certification to your collection.  

A proof of your skills and expertise

First and foremost, earning your MCSD won’t just mean adding a fancy four-letter suffix to your name. The MCSD: Web Applications will improve, as well as prove your ability to build high quality applications, which will meet current market criteria, using Microsoft tools, techniques and technologies.
Needless to say, having the MCSD: Web Applications under your belt will significantly increase your hiring chances against your non-certified peers. According to recent studies 59% of managers feel that a certification shows the candidate’s commitment, while 58% think that a certification shows initiative and innovativeness.

Besides developing your own skills and abilities, your MCSD will also positively impact on your organisation’s and/or team’s performance.

Great earning potential

MCSDs in general bear great financial benefits and the Web Applications certification is no exception. According to the salary trend shows a solid average of £40,000 per annum, however you can also see that the top 25th percentile range has been around and above £50,000 a year for the last 4-5 years.


Develop Windows Store apps for a higher commission

In hope of catching up with Google Play and Apple’s AppStore, Microsoft is offering a rather generous commission for developers creating and selling their applications through the Windows Store. The starting revenue share base is 70%, i.e. Microsoft takes a 30% fee/commission for offering the app in the Windows Store. However this becomes an 80%-20% split once an app has achieved $25,000.
So if you’re an (aspiring) app developer, this is a fantastic opportunity to cash in on your expertise. For more information read the App Developer Agreement.

The age of HTML5

HTML5 is the latest revision of the HTML standard and since the end of 2012 it is a candidate recommendation of the World Wide Web Consortium. HTML5 reduces development time; therefore it is cheaper and faster than its predecessors, not to mention that it is also mobile friendly.

The MCSD: Web Applications teaches you how to create style and develop HTML5 pages, and use HTML5 APIs to add interactive features to a web application. These skills will certainly put you in the camp of HTML5 developers, who are currently in very high demand.

Cloud business with Azure

A few years ago cloud computing was just a buzzword, rather than a key piece of the IT jigsaw. However, over recent years the cloud has become one of fastest growing, most versatile technologies and of course cloud professionals are also in high demand.

Azure is Microsoft’s cloud platform created for building, implementing and managing apps and services through a network of datacentres supervised and managed by Microsoft. With the MCSD: Web Applications, you’ll be a master of Azure. You’ll learn everything from creating and coding Azure services to configuring Azure diagnostics.

There you have it, five reasons why should not think twice about getting your MCSD: Web Applications certification. The sooner you get it, the sooner you can enjoy these benefits. 

About the Author:       
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 10 May 2013

Thank Firebrand it's Friday - Fifth Edition


Welcome to the fifth edition of TFiF (Thank Firebrand it's Friday). This week we look at cyber-warfare, the death of an internet giant and App creation for the web coding challenged. Let's get to it.

The death of an internet giant

Last week saw the quiet passing of an internet legend. After 16 years of dedicated service, Hotmail was finally put out to pasture by Microsoft to be replaced by the metro styled Outlook.

Source: Ryan Majeau
Final transition from Hotmail to Outlook saw the migration of more than 300 million live Email accounts, which equates to more than 150 petabytes of data (1 petabyte = 1000 terabytes). No doubt a majority of that data fell into 2 categories, social media notifications or Spam.

"Sir I have won lottery, need bank account to transfer my many millions, will give you 5%".....seems legit, here's my bank details and 4 digit pin code.

The real risk of cyber attacks

In recent years we have seen the rise of cyber crime and the increasing insurmountable danger in a world seemingly dominated by computers. Only last week Hackers compromised Twitter accounts from the Associated Press, causing Stock Markets to tank for following a false tweet claiming an attack on the White House.

Former Department of Homeland Security, Paul Rosenweig warns us that future attacks could result in far more severe consequences. Below are a few disturbing scenarios from his recent publication:

  • Industrial Control Systems could be hacked disrupting dams, oil refineries and the national grid. Think of the riots following the New York blackout, or when that dam collapsed and Superman had to race to save the town from the onrushing flood (ok the second happened in a movie, but you see my point).
  • Satellite based navigation systems could be manipulated affecting GPS data, planes provided with incorrect locational data, or you end up in a field instead of Tesco car park!
  • For those that have seen Fight Club a similar scenario could play out where London, Tokyo and New York Stock exchange data could be wiped out. Did anyone say sextuple dip recession?

A free Windows 8 App creator...

Enough of the doom and gloom, ever wanted to tap into the App market but lack the programming skills?

In steps the Zipapp web site, this free resource allows you to create your own app without ever having to write or learn a single line of code. The web based platform allows you to create a variety of static pages within the application, using feeds from Twitter/YouTube/Facebook and any compatible RSS feed.

So if you want to create a Windows 8 version of your Wordpress / Google blog and have an active Facebook, Twitter and YouTube channels, in quick time, Zippapp can help you achieve this.

Check out this 8 minute video, it really is simple.

So there we have it, another week of Thank Firebrand it's Friday in the bag. Join us next week for more news, reviews and hopefully whacky goings on.

About the Author:
Edward is a member of the Marketing team overseeing the Content Strategy for Firebrand. Working in the Industry for 2 years, Edward has experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint 2007 and Windows Server 2008 R2. Edward writes for a variety of Blogs and Publications on all things Technology. 

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Nine-day MCSD: Web Apps course launched

Firebrand has released a new nine-day MCSD: Web Applications certification.

The new Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) certification extends developer skills beyond traditional platform boundaries. MCSD courses equip you with skills needed to develop fast and fluid applications.

You’ll need to pass the following exams to certify in the MCSD: Web Applications:
  • Exam 70-480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • Exam 70-486: Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications
  • Exam 70-487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services

The following Microsoft Official Curriculum (MOC) are provided on the course: 
  • MOC 20480: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3
  • MOC 20486: Developing ASP.NET 4.5 MVC Web Applications
  • MOC 20487: Developing Windows Azure and Web Services