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The Beginning of My AWS Story

About Me

Let me start out by saying that DevOps, CI/CI Pipelines, and the like have always fascinated me. Having said that, I have been focused for the last eight years on Front-End technologies.

Recently, I had an opportunity to take some AWC Certified Developer Associate training at our office. I opted to jump into the course ... which had my coach jumping too, since I had never mentioned interest in cloud technologies.


The training was covered by my employer on the assumption that I got my certification within (what I thought was) a reasonable deadline.

The course was average ... which led me to looking at other training, specifically:

I wasn't long into the online-course when I realized that the five-weeks I had to prepare (and finish a course that should have taken several months) was way too short.

I'm stubborn ... my wife and family will certainly attest to that.

I picked up practice tests:

My plan be came study 8-hours each day (on top of work) and take at least one practice test each day as well. Once the training (160 pages of notes) was complete, I averaged three tests a day until it was time to take my test.

Working with AWS

While all of this was going on, my employer had what we call "EDJEovation Days." This is a four-day window where we can work on vetted side-projects as a team (this year's focus was on cloud technologies.

So in addition to all of the studying, I got to try to build a WebSocket service from several online examples ... all of these failed until I tried implementing the setup in CloudFormation.


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Now, I am an AWS Certified Developer Associate with some experience behind me and a whole lot to explore and learn moving forward.

Top comments (2)

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Dennis Whalen

Nice job Bob!

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Thanks Dennis. This was certainly one of the toughest challenges I’ve taken on in a long time.