A secure cloud environment is critical to doing business today. Prepare yourself (and your resume) to take on the security dragon with the newest Qwiklabs Quest: Security on AWS. Click here to enroll.
In this Quest, you will start by learning the basics of IAM and security-related tools like VPCs and the AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF). Then you’ll level-up to more advanced tools and use cases. This Quest is a great way to study up for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam (more on that tomorrow).
There are a total of six new labs in this Quest. If you’re an Advantage Subscriber, you already have unlimited access to the new labs (smart move!). If you’re not a subscriber, now might be a good time to consider signing up.
Here’s all the new stuff (the Quest costs a total of 69 credits, or save with a US $55 subscription):
qwikLABS has a new look. Click here to check it out! You’ll notice a few new features that we think you’ll like (whether you do or not, we’d love to hear about it). Most of the changes are small, but we hope they will AWSome-ize your lab experience.
Here are some of the changes you should know about:
1. Voice design is today’s Jedi mind trick.
2. Vader wants a free t-shirt. It matches the rest of his wardrobe.
3. So his Echo can answer him when he asks “Alexa, where is the Rebel Alliance base?” Hint: Not Alderaan. (Too soon?)
The newest AWS Quest, Serverless Web Apps using Amazon DynamoDB awaits! With great power comes great responsibility, and DynamoDB and Lambda are powerful tools in your arsenal of AWS skills. Build a super hero mission dossier generator that retrieves data from DynamoDB via Lambda functions – and send super heroes on missions to save the world!
Every super hero has a backstory, and this Quest is no exception. Start the Quest by learning the basics with Introduction to AWS Lambda, Introduction to Amazon DynamoDB, and Introduction to AWS API Gateway. (If you already completed these labs, you don’t need to take them again. They already count towards your badge. Unless you want a refresher of course!)
Your mission, should you choose to accept it…
Now that you know the backstory, at the core of this Quest is a 3-part mission:
Part 1: Lay the groundwork for your mission. Create a DynamoDB table and practice adding data in several different ways. Then set up AWS IAM infrastructure you will need throughout the lab.
Part 2: It’s up to you now… to create Lambda functions that retrieve data from the DynamoDB table in several different ways. Once you create the functions, you will test them. Challenge yourself to dig into the Lambda function code and modify the custom tests provided in the manual.
Part 3: Complete your mission! Conclude this three-part series by configuring an API using Amazon API Gateway and setting up a public website to retrieve information from your DynamoDB table via Lambda functions, using what you learned in all three labs to send super heroes off to save the world!
This would look great on your resume.
Did you know that you can purchase a qwikLABS subscription? Get all-you-can-eat access to every single lab in our AWS catalog for $55/month. It’s the most economical way to earn a badge or two.
I created an Alexa trivia skill. Call me a nerd, but it was fun 🙂 If you haven’t already, check out the Alexa Skills Development quest from qwikLABS, the reason I’ve been eating, sleeping, and breathing Alexa Skills for the past couple of weeks.
My Alexa skill took me about 3 days between starting to work on the skill and clicking submit. It will probably take you less – I asked for outside help on my icon, which added some time (thanks to my sister-in-law for the awesome artwork!) and I spent an afternoon working on my trivia questions.
Here’s what I learned about developing an Alexa Skill:
1. My skill got rejected. Guess why?
Are you running Microsoft apps on AWS? Or interested in switching to AWS? You came to the right place for AWS for Windows training resources. Check out Scott Zimmerman’s blog post, outlining updates and new resources from both Amazon and qwikLABS available to you. Or check out the new training page, also on the Amazon site, AWS for Windows.
qwikLABS and AWS collaborated to develop four Quests, to help you focus on certain areas of AWS and Windows:
One or two of these would look AWSome on your resume…
The top AWS for Windows lab? Creating Amazon EC2 Instances with Microsoft Windows, with an average of 4.3 stars in the past month. Take this lab and fulfill 8 credits worth of requirements for three of the four AWS for Windows Quests in one shot. And if you’re just getting started, may I suggest the top intro (free!) AWS for Windows lab: Introduction to Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) with Windows Server (highly rated at 4.1 stars).
Then follow up on the lab with a test drive:
Comment (or tweet us @qwikLAB) to share how your project is going – we would love to hear your insights. You never know, your advice could make a great lab!
The Serverless Design with AWS Lambda quest badge would look great on your cape… so what are you waiting for? Learn what you can do with serverless design and AWS Lambda with the latest quest from qwikLABS.
1. Use AWS Lambda to create your own Alexa skill – yep, voice design!
You can build your own Alexa skill – and feel free to use the skill in the lab as a template to make your own! While the Amazon Echo might not pass the Turing test (yet), there is an incredible amount of potential in the device (and a free t-shirt).
Got data? If you have lots of it, Amazon Redshift can help. And qwikLABS can help too, with the newest quest: Advanced Operations Using Amazon Redshift!
Click here to see all the labs in this Quest.
Your Quest, should you choose to accept it, delves deep into the world of Amazon Redshift. You will learn to optimize for storage efficiency and query performance, use your data to create prediction models, and more. After all, what’s the point of all that data if you can’t use it?
Here are some of the things you’ll do in the Quest: