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AWS Developer: Building on AWS

Amazon via edX

Overview

In this course, part of the AWS Developer Series, you will develop and deploy applications on the AWS platform. Throughout the course, working in Python on Linux, you will develop a web application building upon your developer skills and using AWS services and tools.

Your AWS instructors will guide you through getting started with AWS, creating an account, and installing SDKs. Throughout the course, we will use hands-on exercises to build out a web application.

You will use both the Amazon EC2 and AWS Lambda compute services, as well as learn about object stores by saving and accessing images and video in Amazon S3. You will use Amazon Rekognition to analyze images and video. Collected data will be managed using the Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS). You will refactor your application along the way, increase availability using load balancing, and improve performance and durability using messaging and queuing with the AWS SNS messaging service and Amazon SQS queuing service. 

Throughout the class, your instructors will introduce you to general AWS concepts such as Regions, Availability Zones, Virtual Private Clouds (VPCs), and Security Groups. You will use the AWS service APIs programmatically via AWS SDKs, the AWS CLI, and the AWS Cloud9 Integrated Development Environment (IDE). 

Class discussions will provide an opportunity for you to interact with fellow students as well as AWS training staff. When you have completed this class, you will be ready to continue on into the second course in this series, which will focus on deploying applications in the cloud.

Syllabus

Week 1
Welcome to the Course
  • Welcome to Building on AWS
  • Meet the instructors
  • Discussion:Introduce yourself
  • What are we building this course? Project Intro
  • Intro to Week 1
Getting Started on AWS
  • Why should I (developer) build on the AWS cloud?
  • AWS Free Tier
  • Quiz
  • Exercise 1: Creating an AWS Account
  • Service Oriented Architectures and APIs in AWS
  • Exercise 2: Hello Amazon EC2
  • Quiz
Cloud Infrastructure and Responsibility
  • Understanding AWS Infrastructure
  • Networking: Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (VPC)
  • AWS vs Developer responsibility in the cloud
  • Quiz
  • EC2 Metadata
  • Exercise 3 - Logs, SSH, instance metadata
  • Quiz
Week 1 Discussion
Weekly Readings/Resources

Week 2
Invoking AWS APIs/ AWS Identity and Access Management (IAM)
  • Create an AWS IAM user/access key video
  • Exercise 4: AWS IAM user, CLI, Boto, access keys
    AWS APIs
Amazon S3
  • Intro to Amazon S3
  • Amazon S3 Access Control
Working with our Development Environment
  • Developing on AWS Cloud
  • Exercise 5: AWS Cloud 9
  • Quiz
Amazon Rekognition
  • Introduction to Amazon Rekognition
  • Exercise 6: Amazon Rekognition
Week 2 Discussion
Weekly Readings/Resources

Week 3
Storing Structured Data using AWS Managed Databases
  • AWS IAM Roles
  • Amazon Relational Database Service
  • Exercise 7: Amazon RDS
  • Quiz
Availability and Application Failure
  • Availability
  • What could go wrong?
  • Elastic Load Balancer
  • Exercise 8: Deploy an instance add ALB
  • Quiz
Week 3 Discussion
Weekly Readings/Resources

Week 4
Adding Support for Users and Private Data to the Application
  • Amazon Cognito
  • Authorization Flows in Our Application
  • Securing the Connection to the Server with TLS
  • End-to-End and At Rest
  • Using SSH Tunnel to Connect to C9
  • Exercise 9: Adding Amazon Cognito
  • Quiz
Week 4 Discussion
Weekly Readings/Resources
Exercise - Challenge — Adding Polly to your application

Week 5
Debugging and Profiling a Distributed System
  • AWS XRay
  • Exercise 10: Adding X-Ray
  • Quiz
Taking a Task Off the Server Asynchronously
  • Intro to AWS Lambda
  • Exercise 11: AWS Lambda
  • Quiz
Week 5 Discussion
Weekly Readings/Resources

Week 6
Making our System More Distributed
  • Event Driven Architectures
  • How do AWS services do Async?
Queueing and On-Premises Hardware
  • Amazon Simple Queuing Service
  • Exercise 12 - Amazon SQS
Course Wrap up
  • Couse Wrap up and Preview of Next course
  • End of Course Assessment
Weekly Readings/Resources
Week 6 Discussion

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