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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By : Julian Sharp
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Microsoft Power Platform Functional Consultant: PL-200 Exam Guide

By: Julian Sharp

Overview of this book

The Power Platform Functional Consultant Associate (PL-200) exam tests and validates the practical skills of Power Platform users who are proficient in developing solutions by combining the tools in Power Platform and the Microsoft 365 ecosystem based on business needs. This certification guide offers complete, up-to-date coverage of the PL-200 exam so you can prepare effectively for the exam. Written in a clear, succinct way with self-assessment questions, exam tips, and mock exams with detailed explanations of solutions, this book covers common day-to-day activities involved in configuring Power Platform, such as managing entities, creating apps, implementing security, and managing system change. You'll also explore the role of a functional consultant in creating a data model in the Microsoft Dataverse (formerly Common Data Service). Moving ahead, you'll learn how to design the user experience and even build model-driven and canvas apps. As you progress, the book will show you how to manage automation and create chatbots. Finally, you'll understand how to display your data with Power BI and integrate Power Platform with Microsoft 365 and Microsoft Teams. By the end of this book, you'll be well-versed with the essential concepts and techniques required to prepare for the PL-200 certification exam.
Table of Contents (34 chapters)
Section 1: Introduction
Section 2: Microsoft Dataverse
Section 3: Power Apps
Section 4: Automation
Section 5: Power Virtual Agents
Section 6: Integrations

Creating an app

When you access Power Apps, the home page looks as follows:

Figure 10.2 Power Apps maker portal

There are several ways to create an app:

  • Start from data: Connect to a data source and use an existing entity or table. Starting from data is an excellent choice for a straightforward app that just needs to list data from your data source and provide create, read, write, and delete functionalities on data records.
  • Canvas app from blank: You can also start with a blank canvas, adding connections and controls. You start from blank when you need to create a richer user interface, or you want to use non-tabular data. This will be the choice for most apps that you will build.
  • Templates: You can additionally use one of many prebuilt app templates.
There are many templates, but I would suggest these as examples of how to build apps rather than a starting point for your app, as changing them to meet your needs will likely take longer than creating your app from scratch.