Showing posts with label sharepoint 2010 training. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sharepoint 2010 training. Show all posts

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Day 2: Sharepoint 2010 training

Its Day 2 on Mike's MCTS Sharepoint 2010 Developer course and he begins his module on the 'Awesomeness of Workflows'

He's a huge fan of Workflows, stating that he often needs to remind himself that they are not always the solution. 

"There are a lot of great things to say about this course and even about the official courseware".

He also adds that "Silverlight really does look awesome." also pointing out the disappointing fact that it is becoming obsolete.

Read more here:

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Day 1: Sharepoint 2010 training

Student Mike Nielsen, studying the Microsoft MCTS / MCPD SharePoint 2010 Developer course at Firebrand Training, is posting a daily blog on his experience. This has been his third time at Firebrand Training.

“Today was the first full day of training. We were supposed to cover for modules, but managed to cover five. We even finished early, at around 9 PM.

Let’s keep up with his experience in the 7 day accelerated course.

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Top 10 Tips for Passing the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Exams

Joel Jeffery of JFDI Phoenix, an instructor at Firebrand Training, gives the rundown of his top ten tips for passing the Microsoft SharePoint 2010 exams. These will prove invaluable whether you are a SharePoint Administrator (exams 70-667 and 70-668), or a SharePoint Developer (exams 70-573 and 70-576).

The exam syllabus states that three months of product experience is required before sitting the MCTS exams, and up to two years for the MCITP and MCPD exams. You can complement this experience with my top ten tips:

1. Pace yourself. You have a limited amount of time and a lot of questions to answer. Give yourself a time limit per question – and stick to it. Keep track of the time remaining, which is displayed on-screen.

2. Read the question. It sounds obvious, but read the question thoroughly. Watch out if you like taking notes: don’t use all your exam time writing them down!

3. Do you know the answer? Another one that may sound obvious. If you have checked the whole question, and you are certain that you know the answer - select the answer and move on.

4. Leave no question unanswered. There is no “negative” marking in Microsoft exams. You only accumulate points for correct answers; no additional marks are deducted for incorrect choices.

5. Don’t change your mind. If you choose to review your choices at the end (and this is generally a good idea) do not be tempted to change your answer unless you are sure you got it wrong.

6. Look out for clues in later questions. Your exam can be like a logic puzzle. Sometimes you can find two or three questions spread over the course of an exam that, when read together, can only have one logical combination of correct answers.

7. Eliminate the stupid choices. The quality of Microsoft exams has improved much over the last few years. These days, all choices you will be presented with must be viable areas of SharePoint 2010’s object model or platform. However, there are usually still one or two obviously incorrect choices that you can eliminate with ease.

8. Look out for trick questions. Sometimes Microsoft puts in choices that are more applicable to a previous version of a product or technology, but which would not work on the new platform.

9. Avoid overly complex answers. Try and ask yourself “If I were to design an API or command line interface, how should I do it?” Often the most cumbersome-looking choices are incorrect. Beware though. Sometimes things are just difficult to do.

10. Don’t forget everything you already know about IT! You walk in to the exam room with potentially many years’ experience as a developer or IT Professional. Keep calm and use your real-world skills.

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Guest blogger: SharePoint 2010 Certification

All this week we will be featuring posts from guest blogger Joel Jeffery. Joel is a Firebrand Training instructor, who is currently developing courseware for our brand new SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator and SharePoint Developer courses...

I’ve just read a really interesting blog post about Microsoft’s approach in bringing SharePoint to market, and I felt compelled to share my views on the subject.

SharePoint Matures

It occurs to me that SharePoint has taken a while to mature - and it certainly has done just that. The first versions of the technology stack didn’t have much in the way of targeted Developer or IT Pro learning.

Actually, for WSS 3.0 and SharePoint 2007, the only official Microsoft courses were for the IT Pro community (MOCs 5060 and 5061). I'm not saying that Microsoft left things up to the community, but that SharePoint was a somewhat niche product (compared to
Microsoft’s heavy-weight market share). Microsoft couldn’t deliver the support and training to all of the groups that needed it, while keeping it cost-effective.

The Courseware Library

However, Microsoft did make use of the already-growing Microsoft Courseware Library. This allows 3rd party training providers of sufficient quality to gain a Microsoft seal of approval.

Thanks to this, there have been some great training courses:
  • SharePoint 2007 Advanced Development
  • SharePoint 2007 Business Intelligence
  • SharePoint 2007 Branding and Content Management
  • SharePoint End Users and Information Workers
You need to be a Microsoft Certified Trainer (a MCT like me!) to deliver these courses. Microsoft leaves a space for Microsoft partners to fill. Big partners like Firebrand Training, and not-so-big partners like JFDI Phoenix (my company!)

SharePoint Certification

SharePoint 2010 certification has evolved:

  • For a SharePoint Administrator or SharePoint Developer, the certifications include MCITP and MCPD certification respectively. What an improvement on the four MCTS certifications we had for SharePoint 2007!
  • Microsoft is releasing MOCs for both Administrators and Developers! Look out for MOC 10175 and MOC 10232 (for Developers), and 10174 and 10231 (for IT Professionals).
  • If you have the MCITP and MCPD certifications for SharePoint, you could potentially move onto the SharePoint Certified Master certification. This normally takes three weeks and doesn't come cheap. You also need to pass a CV screen and interview before gaining a place on a course - which currently only runs in the USA.
  • STOP PRESS! It appears that there may be Information Worker training coming soon!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Guest blogger and video: Workflow in SharePoint 2010

All this week we will be featuring posts from guest blogger Joel Jeffery. Joel is a Firebrand Training instructor, who is currently developing courseware for our brand new SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator and Developer courses...

A couple of months ago I presented at the Microsoft Architect Insight Conference 2010 in London.
Thanks to everybody who came along! The first session was based on my SharePoint 2010 BCS podcast.

The second was about Workflow in SharePoint 2010, looking at the full story from business analyst, through to designer and developer. I looked at how each of these job roles can use Visio 2010, SharePoint Designer 2010 and Visual Studio 2010 to play a part in the overall process of creating a workflow.

You can learn more about this in my video below:

P.s. All of my podcasts can be found on iTunes – search for “joelblogs tv” and you’ll find me! :o )

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Guest blogger and video: SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services and Offline Synchronisation

All this week we will be featuring posts from guest blogger Joel Jeffery. Joel is a Firebrand Training instructor, who is currently developing courseware for our brand new SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator and Developer courses...

This post and video is all about Business Connectivity Services, which is the technology previously known as the Business Data Catalog (BDC).

The BDC in SharePoint 2007 was cool. It allowed us to create read-only forms from existing line of business, or back-end, systems - and fast. It also allowed us to index and search data in these back-end systems.

In the video I show how easy it is to work with SharePoint 2010 Business Connectivity Services. We’ll use SharePoint Designer 2010 to hook up with the Northwind database – and load a SQL table of contacts into SharePoint.

I also demonstrate how SharePoint does the hard work in creating not just read-only, but all the CRUD
(create, retrieve, update, delete) operations. It also creates InfoPath and browser forms for us, without the need to write any code. Finally, I look at the offline functionality of the BCS and SharePoint workspace, including the beauty of conflict resolution.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Guest blogger and video: SharePoint 2010 Sandbox Solutions

All this week we will be featuring posts from guest blogger Joel Jeffery. Joel is a Firebrand Training instructor, who is currently developing courseware for our brand new SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator and Developer courses...

At the beginning of the year, it was a pleasure to teach SharePoint 2010 to an audience of developers for Microsoft during their Ignite event in Dublin.

One of the best features of the new development platform is Sandbox Solutions and the User Code Service. This allows developers to write code that is packaged up as a SharePoint .WSP solution, and deploy it at site collection level in a security sandbox. This feature is aimed at hosted and multi-tenant SharePoint users, and those that are more security conscious.

In the video below, I explain how developers can create a simple Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Sandbox Solution in Visual Studio 2010. I show what works and what doesn’t, and also how to write a custom validator for other developers’ solutions.

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

SharePoint 2010 Certifications are Here

Firebrand Training has officially launced two SharePoint 2010 courses. Our developers have been working around the clock to offer Microsoft MCTS / MCPD SharePoint 2010 Developer and MCTS / MCITP SharePoint 2010 Configuring / Administrator certifications.

Both courses offer dual certification, so as well as an MCTS, you will also gain a career-enhancing MCITP or MCPD. These certifications will be gained in only one week.

Call us on 0844 888 1677 to gain an exclusive introductory discount.

Friday, 14 May 2010

Microsoft SharePoint 2010 launched

The long-awaited launch of Microsoft SharePoint 2010 took place this week. Microsoft describe the latest offering as the "Business Collaboration Platform for the Enterprise and the Web." Microsoft says that the benefits of integrating SharePoint 2010 into your business include:

Deliver the Best Productivity Experience
​SharePoint 2010 will look and feel similar to the Microsoft Office platform familiar to millions.

Cut Costs with a Unified Infrastructure
​SharePoint 2010 reduces costs by consolidating intranet, extranet, and internet sites on a single platform.

Rapidly Respond to Business Needs
​SharePoint 2010 applications can be used out-of-the-box, or can be fully customised for specific business needs.

See the video below to learn the economic impact of using SharePoint 2010.

Thursday, 11 March 2010

SharePoint 2010 Exams are coming up

Microsoft is officially going to release the next version of SharePoint on May 12th 2010. If you are looking to validate your expertise in configuring and developing solutions with SharePoint 2010, then you will need to sit for the following exams:

For SharePoint 2010 Developers

  • Exam 70-573: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Application Development
  • Exam 70-576: Pro: Designing and Developing Microsoft SharePoint 2010 Applications
For SharePoint 2010 IT Professionals

  • Exam 70-667: TS: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring
  • Exam 70-668: Pro: SharePoint 2010, Administrator
All these exams will be available in the coming months and we'll let you know when they go live. If you are certified in SharePoint 2007, there are no upgrade exams available.

Monday, 22 February 2010

Get geared for SharePoint 2010 Training

You can get up to speed with SharePoint 2010, but attending our 5 Day MCTS SharePoint Professional course.  On the last day we will teach you everything about SharePoint 2010 and the material we cover will help you pass future exams.  Our next class starts on the 1st March and we only have a few places left.  Hurry!

SharePoint 2010 Training
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