I’m thrilled to announce that a printed study guide for the 70-489, Developing Microsoft SharePoint Server 2013 Advanced Solutions, certification exam has been published! You can get this on Amazon right now:
I spent the last 8+ months working on this title, and it has had quite a history. In April of 2013 I was offered the opportunity to write this book with O’Reilly under the Microsoft Press name. At this time, O’Reilly was producing, publishing, and distributing all Microsoft Press titles. This was a great opportunity and I jumped on it! It took about 3 months for the official green light and contract to be signed and I was off writing as fast as I could. In September of 2013 I was notified that Microsoft Press had cancelled its producing and publishing contract with O’Reilly (O’Reilly is still their distributor) and my book was on review.
This of course was a bummer, as I waited about a month to hear the fate of the book. It finally came back that Microsoft Press would not be continuing on with this title, and my book was cancelled. This was not a total surprise since Microsoft Press had not done an advanced title on the 2010 exams either. Still, it was a disappointment.
Luckily, O’Reilly contacted me and I was told I would be retaining the rights to all the chapters I had already written. This was great, since it led to self publishing the book!
I worked really hard on this title. Every bit of code and walk through examples were performed in my own development environment. Nothing went into this book that was not first tested and verified that it worked. I hope it helps some folks tackle this certification.