How to Get Started with AWS by Reading

If you are a tech newbie like I was when I first started to prepare for the AWS exam, you are probably overwhelmed by the variety and quantity of study materials on the market.

Worry no more, as we’ll look at three books that are just right for tech beginners to start learning about AWS.

These books assume the reader doesn’t know anything about computers or networks, so if you are familiar with computers and network technology, these books are probably too easy for you.

However, if you are a true “tech newbie”, then these books are great choices to help get started on the certificate preparation. They may not be enough if you plan to rely solely on them to study for the exam, but they will get you to the level where you will understand other exam study materials without problems.

Here we go:

Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches

Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches

I bought the pre-released electronic version of this book. It is extremely easy to read and every point of knowledge is broken down into bite-size bits. The author assumes you know absolutely nothing about cloud computing and Amazon Web Services. The great thing about this book is that it explains things in layman’s terms and uses tons of metaphors. You know how sometimes experts forget how to talk to people who know nothing about a subject? The author of this book is the opposite. The writing style is fun and clear, and the author doesn’t throw jargon after jargon at you.

Cloud Computing for Complete Beginners: Building and Scaling High-Performance Web Servers on the Amazon Cloud

This inexpensive book is truly for beginners. The content resembles the labs I led when I was teaching introductory AWS classes. It is very practical and provides opportunities for hands-on activities from the very beginning. I don’t think you’ll be bored with this book as you read and follow the instructions. The author also uses numerous screenshots so you can also check if you are at the right place when doing the labs. I think the book is a great and easy-to-follow guide for beginners looking to get started with AWS.

Amazon Web Services for Dummies

I’m a little hesitant to list this book here, only because the most current edition was published in 2015. AWS is constantly making changes and adding new services, so this book is outdated. However, I read the book in May 2017 and still liked it, because the author uses a lot of real-world examples to give you a good feel for what AWS can do. For example, I’ll never forget that Netflix runs on AWS after I read about it in the book. You can still read the book recreationally, but I would not recommend this book for exam preparation. If a newer, more current version of this book gets published, it’ll probably be the best introductory level reading material for tech newbies.

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