Day 1 of Developing on AWS Training

Let’s start with the what’s and the why’s of this training.

What: The course description states “In this course, you learn how to use the AWS SDK to develop secure and scalable cloud applications. Explore how to
interact with AWS using code and learn about key concepts, best practices, and troubleshooting tips.

Why: There’s a few different reasons why I’ve decided to take this three day virtual training.

  1. AWS is providing the support (financially and content development)
  2. Better understanding and use of the AWS developer tools
  3. Preparation for my AWS Associates Developer certification

Virtual training can have an advantage over in person training – if done right.

While my preference for these types of training is in person, the virtual training is in real-time with the instructor and other participants so it is easier to stay engaged during the full-day training. An added bonus (or maybe a hindrance – depends on how you look at it) is the company of dogs looking to play can be a way to keep you awake when screen fatigue begins to set it.

So how is the course so far? It’s well done. The instructor, Dexter Pham, is knowledgeable and works to ensure we’re still engaged on this side of the screen. The resources used for the training are slides created by AWS to provide visuals and familiarity with services and terminology that can be overwhelming with AWS. Interactive knowledge checks are embedded at intervals and the labs to practice what we’ve learned are also built into the training using the QwikLabs platform

In conclusion I’d like to leave with my three takeaways from the day.

  1. Virtual training can have an advantage over in person training – if done right. With virtual training, I can move around more and have my dogs for company which helps combat the biggest negative of virtual classes – screen fatigue.
  2. It’s been a few months since I’ve had the time to devote to AWS skills and development. It’s nice being able to give it my full attention again.
  3. I’m pleasantly surprised with what I already knew prior to the training and am a little overwhelmed with discovering all that I don’t know. I’ll be altering my study plan to prepare for my exam in June.

If you’d like to learn more about AWS and how to bring it’s advantages to your business or teaching the skills to your classroom – please feel free to reach out. I’ll be happy to help share this Awesome Web Sh*t.


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