At this stage in my life, I decided to switch careers to focus on the Tech world and what it had to offer. I enrolled at Miami-Dade College with basic knowledge of Cloud Computing. I knew coming into this new world, I had to take a hands-on approach if I wanted to succeed in this new career.
By attending classes, studying, and exposing myself to the unlimited resources, I became a certified AWS Cloud Practitioner (September 2021) and AWS Solution Architect (April 2022). One of my first projects that I was tasked with was the Cloud Resume Challenge by Forrest Brazeal.
Starting the Challenge -
Front end- HTML / CSS
Static S3 Website
Based on the knowledge I gained with the unlimited resources
and preparing for the AWS certifications, I learned how to host a static website on S3 and using CloudFront for content distribution. I purchased a domain name using AWS Route 53 and configured it to use the CloudFront distribution. Also, I made use of AWS Certification Manager (ACM) to procure an SSL certificate for the site.
I had some knowledge of DynamoDB but very little practical/hands-on experience. I created a Table with a Partition key (date) and an attribute count. Each day, the webpage has a certain amount of visitors. The code to retrieve items from a Table and to update the count, I searched it online and found the code for Python.
The Lambda function was also challenging for me because I had no experience. After researching, I created a function with Python code to update the count in the table, and at the same time get the count number. I added the IAM role for the function to access the DynamoDB table and tested that it was working.
Another services was new to me but I was determined to learn it. I had to familiarize myself with the concept of an API in which I was able to understand its goal and function.
After this, the backend was done. I could call the API link, this triggered the Lambda function, which increased the count by 1 and returned the value.
I had previous experience with unit tests so I wrote some tests for the Lambda function.
Infrastructure as Code
At this point, the backend infrastructure creation was fully automated with SAM and the frontend was done fully manually.
I used git from the beginning and stored my code and all my files in Github →(https://github.com/maf1978/CloudResumeChallenge.git)
I had never used Github Actions but I had used a similar CI/CD tool, so this step was quite fast and fun. I created my template and first ran the unit tests for the Lambda function. In the second step, I used the predefined SAM action to build and deploy the infrastructure to AWS. In the last step, I upload the static files to S3.
Although this was my first project, it gave me confidence because I was able to familiarize myself with new terminology, it gave me experience in the parts where I was lacking skills, gained useful skills, learn how to overcome the challenges of completing each step in the process and succeeding all with a hands-on approach in AWS.
Thanks for reading! Please visit my CV website (www.mafcloudsolutions.com) for more of my Cloud adventures!
My Github repo with the challenge:(https://github.com/maf1978/CloudResumeChallenge.git)
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