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AWS for the Real World

by Tobi & Sandro

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Exploring CloudWatch Synthetic Canaries: Hands-On Learning with SST ION ⚑️

βŒ› Reading time: 7 minutes πŸŽ“ Main Learning: Visual Regression Testing with AWS CloudWatch Synthetics πŸ‘¨πŸ½πŸ’» GitHub Code πŸ“ Blog Post Hey Reader Keeping your website running smoothly is important.It's also important to keep an eye on its visual appearance and that it doesn't change due to an unwanted change. AWS CloudWatch Synthetic Canaries is a tool that helps you check on your websites (and APIs!) to make sure it’s working well and look as expected. In this newsletter, we’re going to show you...

15 days agoΒ β€’Β 4 min read

Hi Reader and happy May the 4th ⭐. We want to start the spring by giving you an amazing discount on our book and other resources. For that, we have partnered with four different AWS Creators around the globe. You can use the code AWSFUND30 to get 30% off. The resources are: πŸ“™ AWS Fundamentals - Like this newsletter, it covers the basics of essential AWS Services for real-world applications. πŸ“˜ The DynamoDB Book - Level up your DynamoDB modeling and finally understand Single-Table Design. πŸ—οΈ...

22 days agoΒ β€’Β 1 min read

βŒ› Reading time: 6.3 minutes πŸŽ“ Main Learning: Working with the Bedrock API πŸ‘¨πŸ½πŸ’» GitHub Code πŸ“ Blog Post Hey Reader πŸ‘‹πŸ½ in this newsletter, we’ll explore how to build a serverless chat application that uses Amazon Bedrock and the OpenAI API. We’ll use SST (Serverless Stack) to develop and deploy the application on AWS, featuring Next.JS for the frontend and DynamoDB and Lambda for backend services. πŸ’‘ The application's full repository can be found on our Github organization. You can deploy it with...

about 1 month agoΒ β€’Β 9 min read

βŒ› Reading time: 6.3 minutes πŸŽ“ Main Learning: Observability Aggregation with OAM πŸ‘¨πŸ½πŸ’» GitHub Code πŸ“ Blog Post Hey Reader πŸ‘‹πŸ½ Ever tried setting up an AWS Landing Zone? If you have, you know it's not easy. AWS recommends using a separate account just for monitoring all your log data. We're here to introduce the AWS Observability Access Manager (OAM), designed to make this task easier. Previously, we couldn't use OAM effectively due to a major limitation, but that's changed. Interested in diving...

about 2 months agoΒ β€’Β 3 min read

Hey Reader Imagine diving into AWS without a solid foundation on observability. It will lead to inefficiencies, wasted resources and money, and countless hours of troubleshooting. πŸ› The CloudWatch Book is here to guide you, ensuring you understand not just the how, but most importantly the why behind using AWS effectively so you'll work with ease, turning even complex infrastructure into a well-oiled machine. πŸ€– In this issue, we want to show you the first sample chapter about Logs and...

2 months agoΒ β€’Β 1 min read

Hey Reader! Hope you're having an awesome week! This week's edition is about implementing Step Function Workflows. One major use-case that Step Functions enable is the Wait for Callback pattern. Code Included πŸ‘¨πŸ½πŸ’» This edition comes with a special bonus - for the first time, we're including a GitHub repository just for you! Clone the repo and deploy it in your AWS Account. ⚑ Step Functions Orchestrate Workflows What are even Step Functions? Step Functions orchestrate workflows with different...

3 months agoΒ β€’Β 5 min read

Hey Reader First and foremost, we want to extend our gratitude for your continued support and engagement with our newsletter. 🧑 One of our sincere goals is that you're finding success and growth on your journey to deepen your knowledge and grow your skills. This issue marks our fourth update for our journey of The CloudWatch Book πŸ“• and dives into an equally crucial theme: Building Observability to Increase Resiliency πŸ•΅οΈ πŸ’ͺ In this edition, we want to update you on our progress, especially on...

3 months agoΒ β€’Β 9 min read

Hi Reader πŸ‘‹πŸ½ This week, we're diving headfirst into the deep end of AWS's pool of innovations with the IAC Generator β€” a tool that's been causing quite the buzz. The promise AWS gives us is quite bold: Generate AWS CloudFormation templates and AWS CDK apps for existing AWS resources in minutes. But does it really work? Let's find out together. This will be a hands-on πŸ‘·πŸ½β™€οΈ issue. For the impatient, TL;DR, in a nutshell, πŸ₯œ: Good for a start, but far away from usable in production. πŸ›  The...

3 months agoΒ β€’Β 5 min read

πŸ‘€ This is not properly displayed? Read all of our issues online! πŸ’‘ Hi Reader πŸ‘‹πŸ½ We've said it more than once and we still stand with it: AWS IAM is the most complete but still underlooked service out there. Overwhelmingly, engineers look at the way of least resistance via "Which permissions do I have to grant to make this work? πŸ€”" or directly using wildcards for actions and resources on all policies, instead of diving into all the aspects of the service and its possibilities. Nevertheless,...

4 months agoΒ β€’Β 4 min read

Hey Reader, amazing that you're interested in creating the CloudWatch Book together with us. This is the third CloudWatch Update. Coincidentally, Sandro (I'm writing this update) turned 30 last week πŸ₯³ In this update, we'll introduce you to our newly created web application: The GitHub Repository Tracker. While it is not the fanciest name it, the project will help you a lot in learning & understanding CloudWatch for the real world. We thought it would be much easier to show it in a video so...

4 months agoΒ β€’Β 6 min read
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