Another resource, GitHub, has been created to assist engineers in sorting out the complex ecosystem that makes up the Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS).
We reported earlier that GitHub, which is normally used to host open-source code projects, featured an Awesome AWS repository. This “curated list of awesome AWS repos, open source repos and guides, as well as other resources”
Now, GitHub hosts an early draft of “The Open Guide to Amazon Web Services,” which is described as follows:
A lot of information about AWS has been written. A majority of people learn AWS through blogs or “getting started guides” and refer to the standard AWS references. It is not easy to find reliable and practical information or recommendations. AWS’s documentation is a huge but overwhelming resource that few people have the time to read. It also doesn’t contain any personal experiences, so it doesn’t include only official facts. Blogs and Stack Overflow are not always up-to-date. This guide is for engineers who use AWS. It is intended to be a living reference that consolidates tips, gotchas and best practices. It was born out of a discussion over beers between engineers who have used AWS extensively. The project provides three types of resources: basics, tips, and gotchas for various AWS services. These include S3 (storage) or EC2 (computing instances). Other services include Kinesis Streams (for Big Data Ingestion) or the Internet of Things (IoT).
The project is still in its early stages and focuses primarily on 20 AWS core services. Plans are to expand. It is designed for both novice and advanced engineers. It starts with simple explanation sections such as this introduction to AWS basics.
The core features of AWS are Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) — that is, virtual machines and supporting infrastructure. Other cloud service models include Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS), which typically are more fully managed services that deploy customers’ applications, or Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), which are cloud-based applications. AWS offers a few products that can be used in these other models. The guide, which is not affiliated with AWS, was created by Joshua Levy, Thanos Baskous, and includes information that you can read and return.
Project contributors and other users use a Slack channel for AWS discussion. Other people are invited to help with the guide by reviewing the Contributing guidelines.