What is the difference between:
apart from the fact the Exam Ref is not available yet (due November)?
I cant be sure, but I think the Exam Ref is specifically designed to prep for the exam so covers the topics that are needed, whilst the Training Guide is a bit more generic and may cover some areas not in the exam, and miss or not go in to detail on some areas that are in the exam.
The Introduction of the Training Guide states the following:
This training guide is designed for information technology (IT)
professionals who develop or plan to develop HTML documents such as
webpages or Windows Store applications. It is assumed that, before you
begin using this guide, you are familiar with web development and common
Internet technologies.This book covers some of the topics and skills that are the subject
of the Microsoft certification exam 70-480. If you are using this book to
complement your study materials, you might find this information useful.
Note that this book is designed to help you in the job role; it might not
cover all exam topics. If you are preparing for the exam, you should use
additional study materials to help bolster your real-world experience. For
your reference, a mapping of the topics in this book to the exam
objectives is included in the back of the book
Hope that helps.
Many thanks Martin, it is a helpful reply.
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Your welcome Steve. Glad you found it useful.
You're welcome Steve
I bought the kindle version of the Training Guide. It's very good with 1.) practice questions after each lesson of the chapter and then 2.) the answers to all the lessons at the end of the chapters. It has step-by-step instructions for exercises too. However, at the very beginning of the book, the author writes the following excerpt.
"If you are preparing for the exam, you should use additional study materials to help bolster your real-world experience. For your reference, a mapping of the topics in this book to the exam objectives is included in the back of the book."
I also bought the training guide to study for the test, and the caveat from the author that Darian mentions is exactly why I wrote my own prep materials.