MSDN study links for exam 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using C#

Microsoft have announced the exams for becoming MCSD on Windows 8, they are now in beta stage. I here present to you links for the skills measured for the exam 70-484: Essentials of Developing Windows Metro style Apps using C#, the second exam towards MCSD: Windows Metro Style Apps Using C#. As you will notice the link set is not in complete for every detail, but hopefully gets you somewhere.

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Enjoy, and good luck on the exam!

Disclaimer: I have not taken the beta exam myself yet, will do so on August 21, will update the post after that if needed.

Design Metro style Apps (19%)

Design the UI layout and structure.
This objective may include but is not limited to: evaluate the conceptual design and decide how the UI will be composed; design for the inheritance and re-use of visual elements (e.g., styles, resources); design for accessibility; decide when custom controls are needed
Design for separation of concerns (SOC).
This objective may include but is not limited to: plan the logical layers of your solution to meet app requirements; design loosely coupled layers; incorporate WinMD components
Apply the MVVM pattern to your app design.
This objective may include but is not limited to: design and implement the appropriate data model to support business entities; design your viewmodel to support your view based on your model; develop a view to meet data-binding requirements; create view models using INotifyPropertyChanged, ObservableCollection, and CollectionViewSource
Design and implement Process Lifetime Management (PLM).
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose a state management strategy; handle the suspend event; prepare for app termination; handle the Resume event; handle the OnActivated event; check the ActivationKind and previous state
Plan for an app deployment.
This objective may include but is not limited to: plan a deployment based on Windows 8 Metro style app certification requirements; prepare an app manifest (capabilities and declarations); sign an app; plan the requirements for an enterprise deployment

Develop Metro style Apps by Using WinRT (19%)

Access and display contacts.
This objective may include but is not limited to: call the ContactsPicker class; filter which contacts to display; display a set number of contacts; create and modify contact information; select specific contact data
Design for charms and contracts.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose the appropriate charm based on app requirements; design your app in a charm- and contract-aware manner; configure app manifest for correct permissions
Implement search.
This objective may include but is not limited to: provide search suggestions using the SearchPane class; search for and launch other apps; provide and constrain search within an app, including inside and outside of Search charm; provide search result previews; implement activation from within search
Implement Share in an app.
This objective may include but is not limited to: use the DataTransferManager class to share data with other apps; accept sharing requests by implementing activation from within Share; limit the scope of sharing using the DataPackage object; implement in-app Share outside of Share charm
Manage app settings and preferences.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose which app features are accessed in AppSettings; add entry points for AppSettings in the Settings window; create settings flyouts using the Popup control; add settings to Popup; store and retrieve settings from the roaming app data store

Create the User Interface (21%)

Create layout aware apps to handle view states.
This objective may include but is not limited to: handle view state events from ViewStateManager; choose between style patterns for the different view states; set app orientation in the manifest
Implement layout controls.
This objective may include but is not limited to: implement the Grid control to structure your layout; set the number of rows/columns and size; enable zoom and scroll capabilities in layout controls; manage text flow and presentation
Design and implement the app bar.
This objective may include but is not limited to: determine what to put on the app bar based on app requirements; style and position app bar items; design the placement of controls on the app bar; handle AppBar events
Design and implement data presentation.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose and implement data controls to meet app requirements (e.g., ListView, GridView, and FlipView); create data templates to meet app requirements
Create and manage XAML styles and templates.
This objective may include but is not limited to: implement and extend styles and templates; implement gradients; modify styles based on event and property triggers; create shared resources and themes

Program the User Interaction (21%)

Create and manage tiles.
This objective may include but is not limited to: create and update tiles and tile contents; create and update badges (TileUpdateManager class); respond to notification requests; choose an appropriate tile update schedule based on app requirements
Notify users by using toast.
This objective may include but is not limited to: enable an app for toast notifications; populate toast notifications with images and text using the ToastUpdateManager class; play sounds with toast notifications; respond to toast events; control toast duration
Manage input devices.
This objective may include but is not limited to: capture Gesture library events; create custom gesture recognizers; listen to mouse events or touch gestures; manage Stylus input and inking
Design and implement navigation in an app.
This objective may include but is not limited to: handle navigation events, check navigation properties, and call navigation functions by using the Navigation framework; design navigation to meet app requirements; Semantic Zoom

Manage Security and Data (20%)

Choose an appropriate data access strategy.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose the appropriate data access strategy (file based, web service, remote storage, including Windows Azure storage) based on requirements
Retrieve data remotely.
This objective may include but is not limited to: use HttpClient to retrieve web services; set the appropriate HTTP verb for REST; consume SOAP/WCF services; use WebSockets for bi-directional communication; handle the progress of data requests
Implement data binding.
This objective may include but is not limited to: choose and implement data-bound controls; bind collections to items controls; implement the IValueConverter interface; create and set dependency properties; validate user input; enable filtering, grouping, and sorting data in the user interface
Manage Windows Authentication.
This objective may include but is not limited to: retrieve a user’s roles or claims; store and retrieve credentials by using the PasswordVault class; implement the CredentialPicker class
Manage Web Authentication.
This objective may include but is not limited to: use the Windows.Security.Authentication.Web namespace; set up oAuth2 for authentication; implement the CredentialPicker class; set up single sign-on (SSO); implement credential roaming; implement the WebAuthenticationBroker class

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