Where to Find the Built-In Learning Resources In AWS

There are many components in the Amazon Web Services (AWS), cloud that system administrators can play with. AWS places a strong emphasis on providing developers with the resources they need to create custom solutions.
Even if you’re not a developer, it’s helpful to be familiar with the tools and services AWS offers developers. You never know when someone in your company might need you to suggest a solution or support an existing solution.
AWS offers some great learning resources to its subscribers, which is a good thing.
Log in to the AWS console to access the available learning materials. Scroll to the bottom of AWS’s list of services available. You will see a section called Learn to Build, which you can see in Figure 1
[Click on the image to see a larger view.] Figure 1: AWS offers learning resources that can help you create cloud-based solutions. AWS has wizards that can help you with tasks such as building a Web application or launching a virtual machine. The Learn to Build section is located just below the wizards. This section helps those who are not familiar with AWS.
The Learn to build section is divided into several categories, including Websites, Databases, Backup and Recovery, and other topics like Websites and Databases. AWS offers three types of help for most of these categories — tutorials, videos, and labs. That’s what Figure 1 shows. There are often other types of help than what is listed (as explained in the “OtherHelp” section below).
Video Learning
I don’t want my time to be wasted on the video learning options. We all know the concept of a Video. However, I will say that AWS does an excellent job of making a variety videos available. These videos can be short introduction videos or long deep dives.
[Click on the image to see a larger view.] Figure 2: AWS offers a variety training videos. Tutorials and labs
AWS offers tutorials and labs for most content areas. Figure 3 below shows this. Tutorials are short and easy. AWS calls these “Hello World Tutorials”, referring to the fact that program budding programmers often learn to write a simple script to display “Hello World!” on the screen.
[Click on the image to see a larger version.] Figure 3: AWS offers tutorials and labs. Self-paced labs are sandboxed environments that allow you to get dirty and learn how to complete various tasks. AWS offers a self-paced lab where you can learn how build a WordPress website on top of Amazon S3.
Important to note is that Amazon AWS makes some labs free of charge, but others are charged.
Other Assistance
While videos, tutorials, and labs are listed on the main AWS screen as the primary educational resources, there are often other resources. These are just a few of the many resource types you might find.
Project guidesProject guides are basically a series of step-by-step instructions to help you through a specific project. You can see in Figure 4 that there are two types of project guides: one for building static websites and one for building WordPress sites.
[Click on the image to see a larger view.] Figure 4: Project guides provide step-by-step instructions to help you complete a task. Commonly Used ServicesI think the list of services that are most commonly used is the best among all the training resources AWS offers. When I first started using AWS, one thing that I remember was the list of commonly used services.