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Lou

Hey, I’m Lou: a software engineer fascinated by what we can build using the cloud.

The cloud industry changes fast, and I always found it difficult to keep up. After struggling to
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Latest Blog Posts.

  • Cloud Software Engineering Newsletter #22 (March Recap 2021) April 7, 2021
    Reading this somewhere that’s not your email inbox? sign-up here. — Well hello! Welcome back to this month’s edition of the cloud software engineering newsletter! The newsletter is finding you a little later in the month than usual, but that’s because of the bank holiday over in the UK. Nevertheless, let’s start taking a look at this month’s ...
  • Is An AWS Certification Enough To Get You A Job? (Spoiler Alert: No) March 30, 2021
    If you’re in the space of learning AWS, it takes (roughly 😉) 0.3 seconds before someone recommends you get a certificate, right? But is that AWS certification alone enough to land you a job? And if not, what should you do as well? If this is what you’ve been pondering recently, you’re in the right place. ...
  • Which AWS Certification Should You Take First? The Definitive Answer. March 15, 2021
    When it comes to looking for jobs or just improving your career in the cloud industry, you only need 2-3 seconds (roughly 😉) on the internet before it’ll be recommended to you to get certified. I’m guessing that happened to you, because you’re now in the market for an AWS certification—did I guess right? Well, now ...
  • Cloud Software Engineering Newsletter #21 (February Recap 2021) March 3, 2021
    Reading this somewhere that’s not your email inbox? sign-up here. — My promise to you: If you receive only one newsletter on cloud engineering, this should be it. You should never miss an important update, I prioritize the important things up top and read everything I share. If I’m not achieving my promise, hit reply and let me ...
  • Can You Learn AWS (And Get Certified) With No Experience? e.g. No IT Background Or Degree March 1, 2021
    So you’re thinking about learning AWS and maybe even taking an AWS exam, but you’re worried about your job prospects because you don’t have a lot of experience in IT, or maybe you don’t have a degree. Sound about right? AWS is daunting, I know—there are hundreds of AWS services and a lot to learn. I ...
  • How Long Will It Take To Learn AWS? And How To Speed The Process Up! February 8, 2021
    So, you’re thinking of learning AWS, but of course, you’ll need to know at least roughly how long it’s going to take you, right? AWS is huge, so finding an answer to how long it might take can be tricky. I remember logging into AWS for the first time (around 10 years ago now!) and ...