This trio is perfect, covering client-side open standards web development, the Microsoft web platform on the server, and the Microsoft cloud platform. I'll admit I've been kind of cool toward Microsoft certifications in recent years as some of them seemed behind the times--but now that they are being updated with current technologies I'm very excited to have a good way to validate modern web skills.
I took and passed the 70-480 exam today, and although I was well-prepared for the subject matter I found the exam quite challenging. If someone passes this exam, they have my respect. You can't guess your way to a passing score.
Although I'm not permitted to share any details about the exam questions, I will share how I prepared for it:
• Pluralsight Online Training. My colleagues and I have been taking Pluralsight online training for about 10 months now. Pluralsight courses are done well and are taught by knowledgeable instructors. Although Pluralsight courses do have assessments, they are usually only around 8 questions or so. As such, I don't consider them sufficient in terms of coverage.
This exam--and the upcoming rest of the MCSD Web Applications certification track--are here just at the right time. I'm looking forward to taking the other exams in October.