Monday, December 5, 2016

AWS re:Invent - Wrap Up

It's Friday, I'm blogging at 33,000 feet and the captain has just turned off the seat belt signs, informed us that it's 50 degrees back at our final destination, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and directed us to just sit back and relax.  I get very nervous when the captain of a plane flying at 33,000 feet tells me my final destination is Philadelphia.  I'm hoping to do a few more trips to AWS re:Invent before my "final destination" arrives.

CloudBlogging (pun intended) about my 5 days at one of the most important cloud computing events each year thanks to my Acer Chromebook and my free GoGo Inflight passes.  I still have 6 left of the 12 I received when I purchased the C720 nearly three years ago prior to attending my second AWS re:Invent extravaganza. Wifi at 33,000 feet is spotty but it is possible to complete a blog post on a 5 hour trip across the country.

No blog here would be complete without a shameless plug (I promise this is the only plug in the blog) for Chromebooks - #LoveMeSomeChromebook.

If you haven't read the rest of this somewhat tantalizing series on AWS re:Invent start here.  I'll wrap up the blog series with a recap of the week's highlights, opine a bit and provide you with some of the key takeaways.  Enjoy!

Friday, December 2, 2016

AWS re:Invent Day 5

Werner Vogels does his Superman impression

Werner Vogels - Keynote

Lots of announcements from the AWS CTO. Some user stories (Twilio, Netflix, Mapbox, TrainLine), lots of focus on developer tools and big data management tools.

Some highlights:


AWS Glue - ETL pipeline tool
AWS Batch - Ummm, batch processing.
Lambda@Edge - Lambda on CDNs to move processing away from your server with faster results.

Read more about the announcements here.

...on to my agenda for the day.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

AWS re:Invent Day 4

Poolside lunch at Mirage
Yet another incredibly long day - breakfast @7:00am, keynote by Andy Jassy, a breakout at 11:00am at the Venetian, a very fast pit stop to try to shovel some lunch before another 1:00pm breakout session at the Mirage, followed by sessions until 6:30pm.  Pub Crawl with 30,000 other re:Invent thirsty geeks to 7:30pm.

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

AWS re:Invent Day 3

How do you feed 30,000 people?  Hangar 1
Intense day 3!
  • 5 breakout sessions.
  • Breakfast at 7:30am, first session 10:00, last session ends at 6:00pm.
  • Reception in the vendor hall from 6-7pm (lot's of tee shirts and goodies!)


Read on for some session recaps...

AWS re:Invent Day 2

Monday, November 28th is bootcamp day.  Attended an AWS Solutions Architect Associate prep course given by some Amazon employees.  Excellent overview of what to expect in the Associates exam with pointers on how to interpret the questions and what you should be focusing on.

Yeah, but where's the holodeck?
The bootcamp was 4 hours (8am-12pm) at the Wynne Encore.   After taking the bootcamp I feel confident in passing the test, but am reminded of how many services AWS encompasses and how deep the information for each service is.  I'll study some  more.  ;-)

A lot of this is also a moving target as the certification test questions are not keeping up with the announcements being made regarding increasing capacity, capabilities and decreasing prices.

AWS re:Invent Day 1

Here we are at the Amazon annual re:Invent for another year of mind blowing technological advancement in cloud computing.  This is my fourth year attending and so far I can tell this is going to be filled with exciting technology, even more walking than 2015 (argh!) and even more standing patiently in line.

Over 30,000 people are registered so it's grown beyond the ability of the Venetian to hold the event.  This year there are events at the Mirage and the Wynne hotels in additon to the Venetian, making the logistics of schedule making a real challenge for both attendees and the conference coordinators.

Arrived on Sunday and picked up my SWAG...yet another hoody...and a surprise.  An Echo Dot sponsored by Capital One!

I'll be posting some notes about each day...

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Bedrock & Regular Expressions

Regular expressions are a powerful tool that every programmer should be familiar with.  Perl programmers are typically well versed in using regular expressions but you can find many tools and languages that support regular expressions.   Even Bedrock!