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Five classic AWS posts - May 2021

Helen Anderson
Data wrangler at Kiwibank, AWS Data Hero, and tag moderator on
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Hi! I'm Helen, one of your AWS Heroes!

Each month I'll be taking a trip down memory lane and showcasing some classic AWS posts. Some of these might be your 'go-to' resources already, others may offer some new insight or ideas.

Let's jump into the posts!

To get us started we have AWS Hero Nathan with an introduction to IoT. This is a great read for beginners as it breaks down some of the barriers people think exist when contemplating building an internet-connected project.

Next, we have Veliswa and the incredible journey from mainframe developer, to business analyst, to AWS Certified Cloud Engineer (and since this post was written AWS Hero and now Senior Developer Advocate at AWS). Check out this inspiring story for more.

Pubudu then shares the learnings from a project building an intelligent door bell with AWS Serverless services and a raspberry pi.

When someone presses the 'door bell', it not only captures an image and checks through an Amazon Rekognition faces collection to see if the faces are indexed. But it also sends a message to Slack with the scaled image and a message with the names of the people recognised.

Moving on to another classic tutorial, this time from Yaser who shows how you can easily set up a VPN with AWS for free using OpenVPN. Yas went from setting it up and a couple of mins later had it up and running.

Our last classic post this month is from Ceora with some great advice on keeping your AWS bill under control as you get started. If you follow some of the advice outlined in this post, you can be sure that unexpected costs won't be something you have to struggle with.

That's all for this month! For more great posts check out the #aws tag and the AWS Heroes.

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