ACloudGuru Review: AWS SysOps Exam Prep.

Have you thought about taking an AWS certification? If you have you might have stumbled across a learning platform called ACloudGuru?

I had thought about taking an exam for quite some time to help with various projects. But I finally got around to it and I’m currently about half way through my preparation for the AWS SysOps administrator exam using a site called ACloudGuru.

Today I wanted to talk you through some of my initial impressions using the ACloudGuru product and my motivations for taking an exam. Lastly I’ll give you some insight into the whole process to help you better understand if taking an AWS exam could be for you and whether ACloudGuru could help.

Setting up a REST API on Serverless Framework

Part 1: The Monolith to Serverless Series

Hello all and welcome to the first in an in-depth multi-part series on breaking down a monolithic application into a Cloud Native Lambda-based architecture!

Can you say #buzzword!?

Only kidding — we’ll be low on jargon but high on details today. I’ve not (yet) done a real series on this site, so I’m pretty excited!

By the end of this article you’ll know how to get setup and running with the Serverless Framework on AWS to create an HTTP Lambda-based API.

Docker Performance Tips and Tricks

Here is my latest post for Stackify.

Docker is now everywhere. Over the past few years, a lot of modern-day software has now moved to become packaged in a Docker container, and with good reason.

One of the biggest benefits touted about Docker containers is their speed. But you don’t get lightning-fast performance out of the box without some performance tuning.

Today, we’re going to discuss some of the tips, tricks, and areas to look into to ensure you are utilizing the real speed of containers. We’ll break down the following into two parts.

Node.js Performance Tuning and Testing

Here is my latest post for Stackify.

We know Node.js for its lightning-fast performance. Yet, as with any language, you can write Node.js code that performs worse for your users than you’d like. To combat this, we need adequate performance testing. Today, we’re going to cover just that with an in-depth look at how to set up and run a performance test and analyze the results so that you can make lightning-fast Node.js applications.

Common DevOps Myths and Misconceptions

Here is my latest post for Enov8.

“Wait, what actually is DevOps?”

If only I had a dime for every time someone asked me this. For many, the term DevOps comes loaded with misconceptions and myths. Today, we’re going to look at some of the common myths that surround the term so that you have a better understanding of what it is. Armed with this knowledge, you’ll understand why you need it and be able to explain it clearly. And you’ll be equipped to share its ideas with colleagues or your boss.

2018: A Year In Review

A look back over 2018, and a look forward to 2019.

Last year when I put out content around the new year about my plans I got a spike in traffic. I guess something about the personal nature of the post was attractive. Based on how much people seemed to like those posts, I thought I’d do another.

A round up of 2018 — and a goal set for 2019.

 

Containers: Benefits and Making a Business Case

Here is my latest post for Scaylr.

Containers are hot stuff right now, so it’s natural that you’re here wondering what the business case and benefits of containers could be.

If this is you—if you’re looking to assess whether containers would make sense for your company—then you’re in just the right place. Because by the end of this article, you’ll not only have a good understanding of what containers are and what they’re good (and not so good) at, but you’ll also have some decision making criteria to help you decide whether they’ll work for you in your unique situation.