Editor's Playlist: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# (Microsoft Exam 70-485)

By Mike Woodring on June 11, 2014

Microsoft offers a set of certifications that validate a software developer's expertise in Microsoft technologies. Certifications such as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) are achieved by passing a set of related certification exams, each with a different technology focus.


Editor's playlist objective:

Prepare developers for Microsoft exam 70-485, Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#.


Target audience:

This learning path is intended for software developers who are interested in passing Microsoft exam 70-485, a component of the following MCSD certifications.

MCSD: Windows Store Apps


Editor's playlist course sequence:

















































Course Duration
Windows 8 Background Processing and Lifecycle Management 3h 25m
Building Windows Runtime Components 1h 23m
Cross-platform Development in .NET and WinRT 2h 32m
Selling Windows 8 Apps 3h 22m
Building High-Performance Windows 8 Applications 2h 39m
Windows 8 Metro Connected Apps 4h 09m
Introduction to Localization and Globalization in .NET 3h 00m
Microsoft Test Manager 2012 1h 54m
Test Automation with CodedUI 5h 22m
Total 27h 49m


Editor's playlist description:

Gill Cleeren's course on background processing, state management and lifecycle management provides a deep dive into this important aspect of Windows Store application development.

To learn more about exam topics relating to the Windows Runtime (WinRT), check out Scott Seely's course on building Windows Runtime components, as well as Iris Classon's course on cross-platform development in .NET and WinRT.

Yacine Khammal's course on selling Windows Store applications provides a well-rounded look at how the Windows Store itself works, what's involved with certifying your application for deployment via the Windows Store, and how to monetize your application via licensing, trial offers and in-app purchases. His course on connected apps provides in-depth coverage on exam topics such as accessing HTTP services, tiles, toasts and push notifications.

Kevin Dockx's course on building high performance Windows Store applications explores techniques for ensuring your Windows Store applications provide the responsiveness and performance that users expect. This includes techniques for designing and implementing your application, as well as tools for analyzing your application's performance.

This learning path concludes with a trio of courses that, although not exclusively focused on Windows Store application development, provide training on key exam topics important to Windows 8 Store application developers. Jeremy Clark's course, for one, provides a solid overview of .NET support for localization and globalization, while Esteban Garcia's course on Microsoft Test Manager offers an introduction to using MTM to plan, manage and execute manual and automated tests. And, finally, Marcel de Vries' course gives in-depth coverage on UI test automation using CodedUI.

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Mike Woodring

Mike is the VP of Developer Content at Pluralsight. A former Microsoft C# MVP and multiple U.S. patent holder, Mike has over 20 years of experience developing high performance software systems and training developers around the world.