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How to pass AWS Certified Developer and Architect Exams

Episode 83

As promised in episode 81, today we will talk about passing two AWS exams: Developer Associate and Solution Architect Associate. I’ve managed to get both certifications within a week and I would be happy to share my experience of actual exams, discuss what I did to prepare, list some useful materials, and compare the scope of both certificates.

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The Developer and Architect certifications are regarded as the first two, and relatively easiest to obtain on the AWS certification path. Third would be the SysOps, closing the Associate level trio. After completing Developer and SysOps, one can obtain DevOps Professional. Independently, after completing Architect Associate, one can get Architect Professional, which is considered the toughest of initial five certifications. There are also three specialized certifications introduced few months ago, covering the area of security, big data and advanced networking.

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In both cases, we need to schedule the exam via our AWS account linked with the exam vendor platform. When I was taking the exams it Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on September 28, 2017 in AWS, Technology

 

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AWS Certified Developer: DynamoDB Exam Notes

Episode 81

We were exploring AWS service groups for a while with some generic description of each service, and sometimes a list of tips regarding which service should be chosen for a given situation. Today, while still being in the topic of AWS, we will do something a bit more specific. Since I’ve recently passed an AWS Certified Developer Associate exam (with 96% score, yay!), I’ve produced quite a lot of notes as I was preparing to the test. The most important service by far on the Developer exam is DynamoDB, so I’ve decided to extract those notes in particular, edit them to be not-me-only-readable, and here we are.

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This is not intended to be a description of DynamoDB, an introduction nor developer guide. The idea is to pinpoint the exact topics that are covered on an actual exam. During preparations, I went through probably over a thousand of questions in various practice / mock exams available here and there. A lot of questions were duplicated, and a lot of them was later on the actual exam, so this should give you a good overview of what to expect. In order to actually get to know DynamoDB, not only get the paper, it is recommended to Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on August 24, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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Amazon Application Services

Episode 80

As mentioned in the previous Episode, about messaging on AWS, today we are going to look into the application services group. Not so long ago, the group consisted of messaging stuff too, but it was split into two as the number of services grew.

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The group name is an umbrella term for services designed to work closely with web applications hosted on AWS or elsewhere. It’s not very precise, since basically all AWS services can be used from web applications via rest api, SDK or even CLI, but let’s live with that. Without further ado, let’s have a look at Simple Workflow Service, Elastic Transcoder, API Gateway and Step Functions.

Simple Workflow Service

AWS SWF is a task coordinator and state tracker, suitable for running long and multi-part workflows with parallel or sequential steps. The acronym is deceiving, since it doesn’t follow typical Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 27, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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Amazon Messaging Services

Episode 79

As promised in the last episode, today we are going to look into the messaging category of AWS services group. Messaging is sometimes considered a part of application services group, however in the console they make up separate list, so let’s treat them the same here. Since the last article about security was quite long, this one will be shorter (also, it’s summer, the birds are shining, the sun is chirping, the water is wet, so…).

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AWS messaging currently consist of Simple Queue Service, Simple Notification Service and Simple Email Service. Everything looks simple, so let’s dive in.

Simple Queue Service

AWS SQS was the first web service ever introduced by Amazon. The year was 2004 and cloud computing was no quite yet there. SQS is a Message Queuing Service which is a Message Oriented Middleware (MOM), but in the cloud, instead of on premises. SQS allows to decouple system actors working in Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on July 20, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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Amazon Compute: To serve or not to serve?

Episode 68

This is the fifth article in the Amazon Web Services Series so far (or sixth, if you consider the cloud computing intro a part of it). Within three weeks, we went through a list of all currently available AWS services and then, in the previous article, we focused on storage category: S3, Glacier, EFS and EBS. Today we are going to dive into the compute category, particularly EC2 and Lambda services.

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EC2 and Lambda represents two main computing models we can consider when hosting any application in AWS. We can have a server – a classic virtual machine, either with or without containers, or we can bypass all that and just run a piece of code as a function. Let’s look at both solutions and compare.

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EC2 was introduced by AWS in 2006, and in 2010 the entire Amazon retail business switched to it. In essence, EC2 service is about providing virtual machines, or computing instances. Instead of buying physical servers and taking care of them, we can just buy time of the machine, get more when our needs grow and discard if they shrink as with everything in the cloud. Instances come in many different Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on May 4, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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Amazon Storage Services: S3 and beyond

Episode 67

April is definitely the AWS month in here. We started in episode 64 with an introduction, and an overview of first 3 service groups, then in the two following episodes we went through next 15 groups at a lightning fast pace for a total of 80 individual services. Oh my, that was a lot of links, and I bet, something new appeared meanwhile.

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Today we are going to expand a bit upon the storage category, most importantly: S3, Glacier, EFS and EBS. We will talk about what those are exactly, what are the options, use cases and we will present some tips. I actually missed EBS from the list in the first article, since it does not appear under storage category in the AWS console, it is however present there on the webpage. However, let’s start with the most commonly known service, the S3.

Simple Storage Service

S3 is one of the oldest publicly available AWS services, and was launched in 2006. It’s an object-based storage for files up to 5TB in size. In order to upload one, we have to create a bucket first. Buckets act as Read the rest of this entry »

 
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Posted by on April 26, 2017 in AWS, Cloud, Technology

 

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