As I wrote, I tried to get into back-end development to become a full-stack dev with AWS certification and did the next step in that journey.
After learning for about three weeks I finally took the first two exams the AWS Solutions Architect Associate (SAA) and the AWS Developer Associate (DA) exam. Since the testing centers are rather far away, I could only take two and will be taking the third and final associate exam next month when I'm near the next center.
Thanks to my buddy Adrian Föder, who took these exams with me. Having a fixed date really pushed me into finishing this, haha.
When I started I asked myself: which certificate should I take? Which is the right one for me?
Somehow they differed in name, but these names didn't really say anything to me.
I read a bit but it didn't really help. An solution architect was just a fancier name than developer for me.
First I wanted to go with the DA, because the name spoke to me.
I started to search for online training and found A Cloud Guru, they make money from certification training so they were inclined to say "TAKE ALLE THE EXAMS!", but since I didn't found a big difference between two of the associate certificates anyway I thought: well, why not? They aren't that expensive so why not do all?
After doing the courses and taking the exams I can finally say: Well they aren't that different.
Somehow the two overlap about 70%.
The SAAs remaining 30% is more about choosing the right technology. Think "When to install your MySQL on EC2 and when to use RDS?"
The DAs remaining 30% is more about using the APIs right and some implementation details you need to consider for performance/security reasons. Think "How much capacity units do you need to provide for your DynamoDB table?"
I found this a bit sad, they should have differentiate them more.
My friend, who took a few cert exams in his time, said they were really hard, but fair.
Many people said the DA is easier. If you worked with S3 and DynamoDB for years, you probably got most of the details covered, but I never did that, so I had the impression the SAA was easier.
In the end I had 77% in the SAA and 88% in the DA. So the outcome was quite different from what I expected.
My next step is learning the rest needed for the AWS SysOps Administrator which I'm gonna take next month.
And then? I don't know!
Hopefully getting some nice projects :D