Microsoft Certified - Azure Developer Associate (AZ-204) Study Guide

This study guide is aligned with the latest exam changes done on March 26, 2021.

The Microsoft Certified: Azure Developer Associate certification enables you to implement solutions on Azure while leveraging the tools and services available. This is an intermediate level certification, so I would recommend you to set aside some time to study for the exam and practice using some of the services related to this exam - ‘Practice makes perfect’

In this study guide, I will share with you some of the useful resources you can use to guide you during your learning path to get this certification.

Certification Path

Exam Name Link
Exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure Exam Details

Exam AZ-204: Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure

The AZ-204 has a length of two hours. There are 45+ questions and you need a minimum of 700 of 1000 points to pass the exam.

The first place to go is the Microsoft Learn platform where a dedicated learning path is available, for free. Also, you should have a look at the Resources section in this study guide where you have useful resources to help you consolidate the knowledge that will help you get the exam and certification. If you prefer to watch videos, instead of reading, explaining these core concepts, and showing how to get prepared for the exam, then I invite you to have a look at the Developing Solutions for Microsoft Azure (AZ-204) path, available on Pluralsight.

Skills measured

Develop Azure compute solutions (25-30%)

Implement IaaS solutions

Create Azure App Service Web Apps

Implement Azure functions

Develop for Azure storage (15-20%)

Develop solutions that use Cosmos DB storage

Develop solutions that use blob storage

Implement Azure security (20-25%)

Implement user authentication and authorization

Implement secure cloud solutions

Monitor, troubleshoot, and optimize Azure solutions (15-20%)

Integrate caching and content delivery within solutions

Instrument solutions to support monitoring and logging

Connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services (15-20%)

Implement API Management

Develop event-based solutions

Develop message-based solutions

Additional resources

Below follows the list of additional resources that you should consider and a quick note to the Microsoft Learn collection shared there. I tried to extend the learning paths you have available on the exam’s page with some extra modules that I consider relevant to the exam.

Best of Luck and share your results with the community once you get certified! 😊💪