Tomorrow, Tuesday 12th, we’re welcoming back the Cam AWS User Group for their 7th Meetup. This is the fourth user group meetup we’ve hosted and now we’re set to host the remaining three of the year. The meet up promises to be information packed and is focusing on AWS Lambda with two speakers talking about their experiences. There’s also a debrief on the recent AWS summit in London and Danilo Poccia, a technical evangelist from AWS, is talking about data analytics.
The AWS London summit was on the 7th July and I went along with a colleague. Inevitably we bumped into some of the Cam AWS UG members and shared a DLR over to the Excel. Personally I found the Deep Dive on Amazon DynamoDB to be the most informative session with a good bit of depth on how to write your schema, avoiding hot keys and understand its internal partitioning. This is important for schema design and resolving certain bottlenecks. My most disappointing talk was the Deep Dive on Microservices and Amazon ECS as this talk didn’t add to my knowledge and I’ve only ever seen talks and demos of ECS never getting my hands dirty. My colleague attended the Deep Dive on EC2 Instances and it sounded like I’d have gotten much from that talk. I’m sure that others went to interesting (and disappointing) sessions and I would like to know what they got out of them.
AWS Lambda is one of AWS’ hot technologies which was released almost two years ago. We’ve started experimenting with it in Metail. I’m really keen to see how it’s being used and experimented with by others as AWS Lambda’s use within Metail is certainly growing. I’ve had a fun little project writing a plugin for leiningen which allows you to manage AWS Lambda functions with the aim of integrating it into our build process. Still it’s nowhere near as a functional as lambda Gordon which I saw demonstrated at the most recent Snowplow London Meetup; it sounds like something to compare to Ben Taylor’s talk on Using Lambda and CloudFormation.
The final talk of the night is from Danilo Poccia, I’m particularly looking forward to asking questions at the end as it’s the most relevant to my day to job 🙂
We’re looking forward to seeing everyone tomorrow, doors open at 6:45pm and the talks are starting promptly at 7pm. We’ll be providing beer, soft drinks and snacks, be prompt to get your favourite beverage before the talks start 🙂