New Azure Certifications – Changing Paths

Last week Microsoft announced a new certification: Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator. There are two exams in beta you’ll need to take to obtain this certification:

You must take both exams to obtain this certification. The cert and exams are designed to eventually take the place of theĀ 70-533 Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions exam.

The new certification and exams are supposed to be more real-world and cover topics you’re more likely to use on the job. I recently started studying for 70-533 so I’ll start shifting my focus to the topics covered in AZ-100 so I can take it once it’s available in a few months.

One last thing. If you have already taken 70-533, there’s a new transition exam to get you the Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator certification:

Azure Functions

Serverless computing has been all the rage recently. I’ve spent a little time playing around with AWS Lambda and found it interesting, but never really used it for more than tinkering.

Microsoft recently released Azure Serverless Computing Cookbook, a free ebook that walks you through creating a sample application using Azure Functions. The 300+ page book does a nice job of covering the basics and starts you down the path of using Azure Functions for more advanced uses.

If you don’t know C#, no problem. For the most part you’re copy and pasting code from the book. While that doesn’t help you learn C#, if does get you familiar with Azure Functions capabilities, including integrating third-party apps/APIs like SendGrid and Twilio.