Salesforce Platform Developer II Transition Exam Takeaways

As part of my goals this year is to get the Technical Architect certification. I recently took the Salesforce Platform Developer II Transition Exam and I can say that it was fairly straightforward if you know your stuff. Having recently done the Platform Developer I transition exam last December then booked Platform Developer II exam for January. Because procrastinating is a bitch, the typical me waited till the last few days before getting serious studying.

Anyway I passed the exam. There are 35 questions, you are given 1 hour to complete. Get 63% correct and you will pass.

Here are some topics to pay attention to for your takeaway

  1. Read up on the Messaging class and it’s method
  2. Implementing Continuation and when best to use it
  3. Your SOQL and SOSL queries
  4. Know your objects and data types. What are types of compound fields and how to use them in queries
  5. Testing REST and SOAP
  6. Http callouts and named credentials
  7. Advanced Currency Management
  8. When to use declarative vs programmatic features
  9. @invocablemethod and @invocablevariable annotations
  10. Lightning components
  11. Testing best practices
  12. Developer Console
  13. Apex Charts
  14. Developer Console
  15. Visualforce best practices

Preparing for the Advanced Force.com Developer Exam

I just wanted to share that I took the Advanced Force.com Developer exam and passed the first part of the test which is the multiple choice 69 question exam. The exam test your knowledge on advanced topics covering triggers, execution context, visual force pages, standard and custom controllers, running unit test, development lifecycle, data migration tools among others.

You really need to know these topics in detail and the amount of materials to study is quite a lot too. I suggest about 1-2 months to prepare for the exam.

Below are the links to the docs and guides you need read from start to finish.
1. Get the Study Guide to know the full coverage of topics for the exam
2. Download and do the tutorial for Apex Workbook to start
3. Next go over the tutorial Visualforce workbook
4. The two tutorials above should get you started. Next is download the detailed document guide Apex Code Developer’s Guide and the Visualforce Developer’s guide. Its kinda long and requires patience to finish.
5. Also covered is using the Force.com Migration Tool
6. Development Lifecycle
7. Metadata API Guide
8. Apex CheatSheet
9. And another valuable resource Study Notes
10. And ofcourse use flashcards go to StudyBlue.com

That was the resource I used to pass the first part of the exam. I’m just waiting for the programming assignment.

Got my 2nd Salesforce Certification

Been awhile since my last blog post. I’ve been very busy at work and with my personal life. Yesterday I took the Salesforce.com Certified Administrator(SU12) exam and passed it on the first try unlike my previous attempts for the Force.com Certified Developer exam.

It took me only 1 week to study for the exam and I’m sharing the resources I used for reference to others who are preparing for the exam.

1. Get the Study Guide exam outline and see the areas percentage of the questions.
http://certification.salesforce.com/SG_CertifiedAdministrator.pdf?SiteID=0DM30000000PBPx&v=5

2. Download the Official Salesforce Study Material used for the ADM 201 classes, this is old and from 2009 but still very useful.
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/424774/SFDC%20Training/ADM201_Student_Guide_slides.pdf

3. Take this 4 mockup exams from www.propprofs.com to test your knowledge, don’t worry if you fail the first time, this is only to get your feet wet on the exam mechanics. Retake the exam 2-3 while and after studying.

a. http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=salesforce-administration-test-adm201

b. http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=salesforce-administration-test-adm201-part-2

c. http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=salesforce-administration-test-adm201-part-3

d. http://www.proprofs.com/quiz-school/story.php?title=salesforcecom-certified-administrator-practice-exam

4. Review the latest 2 releases.
http://www.salesforce.com/customer-resources/learning-center/details/release-training-spring12.jsp

http://www.salesforce.com/customer-resources/learning-center/details/release-training-summer12.jsp

4. Use online Flashcards, use this to create your own Q & A questions or use those already prepared by other users.
Sign up for an account and enter your notes through the web portal, and if you have an iPad, iPhone or Android download the app and this will access the flashcards anywhere.

I used http://www.studyblue.com/

Hope you find them useful and goodluck.

Finally passed my Force.com Certified Developer Exam

Barely starting developing on Force.com for a couple of months and hurriedly studied to prepare for the exam I failed the exam and I retook the exam after a month and failed again, I knew then the preparing for the third retake that I should need a definite study plan and alot more time to know the ins and out. 3 weeks before the exam I studied straight and was ready to take the exam 2-3 days before the exam. The reference materials below helped me in preparing for the Exam. Because materials tends to be updated on new releases make sure you get the latest copies online.
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