AWS Development Essentials
By Prabhakaran Kuppusamy, Uchit Vyas
Publisher: Packt Publishing
Final Release Date: November 2014
Pages: 226

This book is a fast-paced guide to help you with architecture systems and solve technical problems using the latest cloud computing technologies.

Starting with the introduction to AWS, you will learn about identifying key AWS storage options, Amazon EBS, Amazon S3 bucket creation, and sample code and libraries. You will learn about computing and networking services using Amazon EBS and EC2 instances. You will efficiently be able to manage services and databases using DynamoDB and understand the key aspects of Amazon RDS. You will also learn about deployment and maintenance using Amazon CloudWatch metrics and alarms, Amazon Identity and Access Management (IAM), and AWS Elastic Beanstalk. Finally, you will explore service object models and the baseline concept of SNS and SQS, and then build an app using these new skills. By the end of this book, you will have learned how to effectively manage your application on AWS by using the AWS SDKs and APIs, as well as the AWS Management Console.

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The AWS docs are higher quality

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Comments about oreilly AWS Development Essentials:

Not a lot to be gained from this book that could not be learned more quickly from simply reading the AWS documentation and trying the services first-hand.

The book often walks through screenshots of dialogs, including uninformative SDK installations, and simply states what the dialogs already say. It tells you as the reader specific values to put in which forms without ever explaining *why* you're doing that, when you would want to do that, when you would want to do something else, what the values *mean*, etc. The book never generalizes or provides any high-level conceptual value.

It is also poorly edited and has awkward, confusing phrasing -- for example from chapter 5: "One of the characteristics that I was concerned about to derive work at AWS was my intellect that the cloud can be a pleasant and logical residence where we can figure out security solutions; now, two of my beloved notions, positioning security in the cloud and quickening the espousal of multifactor authentication." That's not even a sentence.

O'Reilly should consider a more stringent review of materials from Packt Publishing. Carrying low quality titles like this hurts the O'Reilly brand.

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