Chris Pietschmann

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(Cross Post) Chris Pietschmann Awarded 2018 Microsoft MVP Award

Hi! My name is Chris Pietschmann, and I’m the primary person behind and the Build Azure Weekly newsletter. I started back in June 2015 after I passed the Azure MCSD certification as an effort for me to be able to focus my Azure blogging efforts into a more targeted fashion. Over time, as a result of my many community contributions, including the success of sharing information on, I was awarded the Microsoft MVP award in 2017 in the exp... [More]

Study Guide for 70-480 Programming HTML5, JavaScript, CSS3 Certification Exam

There are many benefits to getting certified in a given technology, as it helps to show / prove your expertise. While there are many certifications for various technologies, there are not very many available to get certified win HTML5, JavaScript, and CSS3 web technologies. The Microsoft 70-480 exam is a really good exam to get certified as a Microsoft Specialist: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3. Exam Target Audience The target audience of the Microsoft Specialist: Programming in H... [More]

Why I got the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect Certification

Over the last few months I spent a ton of time studying for and passing the 3 exams required to earn the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) Azure Solutions Architect certification. Microsoft has really built out an incredible, cloud platform that is Azure! And, this is fitting since it's the future of Microsoft's Enterprise business. This is the root of the reason why I decided to pursue and obtain the MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect certification. Azure Solutions Architect is a uniq... [More]

How I passed the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions certification exam

I've been taking on some Microsoft certifications recently, and my latest success is passing the 70-532 Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions exam; earning me the Microsoft Specialist: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions Certification. As with all Microsoft certification exams, this exam covers a huge amount of information and content. As a result of this, a variety of materials and sources need to be studied in order to get the level understanding and memorization necessary to pass the exa... [More]

The NEW Microsoft Certified Architect Program (MCAP)

Microsoft has announced the new Microsoft Certified Architect Program (MCAP). The goal of the MCAP is to identify the top industry experts in IT Architecture. This is a very high level certification. The certification process has 8 steps: The Microsoft Certified Architect candidate is expected to have at least 10 years of verifiable experience as a practicing architect prior to applying for the program The candidate applies for acceptance into the program by: Contacting Microsoft direc... [More]

I passed the 70-305 exam on Friday!!

Wahoo! Another Microsoft exam nailed to the wall. On Friday I passed the Developing and Implementing Web Applications with Microsoft Visual Basic .NET and Microsoft Visual Studio.NET (70-305) exam. I now have only one exam to pass in order to get my MCSD with .NET, the Analyzing Requirements and Defining Microsoft .NET Solution Architectures (70-300).

Microsoft Exams: FREE Retake Offer

Between February 28 and May 31, 2005, you can use a special code when you register for your exams and if you fail you'll be able to retake it for FREE. This offer is available worldwide. I'm going to make use of this offer soon, even if it is to just give me a good piece of mind. I've never failed an exam (knock on wood), and hope I wont need the retake. More Info: