Series: Exam Ref
Paperback: 432 pages
Publisher: Microsoft Press; 1 edition (March 16, 2015)
Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 0.9 x 8.9 inches
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Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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While the book is indeed riddled with typos, the content is impressively concise. The authors do a great a job focusing on what's relevant in the context of taking the exam and at the same time offer a healthy dose of pointers for more in-depth study. This makes it easy to adapt your pace going through the book, based on your existing knowledge level.A good example is Objective 4.2: Implement Azure Storage tables - best "to the point" explanation of a concept I've seen in a long time! Pay special attention to the thought experiments, objective summaries and reviews at the end of each objective. They are packed with extra information not explicitly stated in the objectives themselves. Also, watch for questions styled like "which of the following are NOT true" as they can throw you off.Beyond preparing for the exam, this book will likely make a good reference later on, while trying to maneuver the vast landscape of the Azure behemoth. The only downside is that Azure changes so rapidly, some of the nomenclature used in the book is already obsolete (e.g. web sites are now called web apps in the portals). Also the existence of 2 management portals makes things more complicated than it should be! But c'est la Microsoft, not the fault of the book.At the risk of stating the obvious, one final warning - this is not a book to learn the underlying technology, it's a book to help you prepare for the exam. Sure, the reader learns a lot of new things but it's not a starting point to learn Azure. There WILL be code in the exam and there WILL be case questions. I am giving the book 4 stars because it does not show any examples of case-based questions where time-management is very important (which would be helpful for preparing you for the exam).
Used this book while studying for the 70-532 exam. Its NOT a 'exam-dump' but does cover all the core exam principles nicely. Also a good practical Azure Developer overview guide with a great deal of step by steps. Passed my exam first shot with a 710 on 700. This book was definitely a great asset. Keeping the book on the shelf as a good Azure reference asset.
Great product in general, would be 5 stars if there weren't so many silly typos in the book. Keeps you on your toes though. Makes you say hmmm.... I understand this stuff so well now that that word MUST be a typo. Clever design? Maybe.
9 pages into this book and the instructions are all old and based upon the old portal. They give examples of the new port but microsoft obviously has changed the way the preview portal follows so most of the logic is broken. So simple thing like building a website is completely different then according to book. Will be returning it as it feels like I'm reading a book that was published 3 years ago. Disappointed to say the least.
Usually the quality of Microsoft Exam Ref books are bad, I bought those books was just because there was no other choice.However, this book is really different. It is well organized and the author really knows how to express the stuff clearly.Attention: Microsoft changed Azure portal a lot, you may not be able to follow the step exactly, but it should not be a big problem.
Very good coverage of the materials and especially the code that you will want to know. Only missing a flew slight topics or covered them in a way that didn't totally line up to the exam. Still one of the better MS books i've read.
This book does well to go over the basic functionality of Azure. It DOES NOT however prepare you for the exam. Yes it covers what Microsoft calls the objectives but the actual exam questions pose content found no where in this book. There are so many questions on the exam where you have to fill ln code or describe code or use code in a way to serve an azure function. This is NOT found in the book. Yes there are snippets of the authors code in the book but no where near enough to prepare you for what is a pretty grueling exam. You are much better off looking for a Visual Basic programming guide to Azure than to use this "exam reference guide". You will not pass this exam with this book alone if you are not already a fairly fluent Azure developer.