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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

Using the Common Data Service

The CDS is one possible connector for use with canvas apps. The CDS connector has a number of advantages over other connectors due to its built-in capabilities that can be leveraged by your apps; the Power Platform tools have been designed to work together, with the whole being greater than the sum of its parts.

Some advantages of using the CDS over a SharePoint list are as follows:

  • Metadata: Common Data Service entities and fields have metadata that a Power App can use to set, for instance, the data type on fields, the length on string fields, or whether to automatically reuse option sets.
  • Scale: The CDS can scale to large record sets, whereas you may find issues with query delegation using SharePoint.
  • Logic: Business rules in the CDS can perform data validation, simplifying your apps.

Some advantages of using the CDS over an Azure SQL database are the following:

  • Metadata: The range values for fields, such as min and max, are stored in...