5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Definitely useful, but not as much as I would have liked,
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This review is from: Programming Amazon EC2: Run Applications on Amazon's Infrastructure with EC2, S3, SQS, SimpleDB, and Other Services (Paperback)
I was initially quite impressed and excited with this book, and to be fair, it helped get a couple of elements up relatively quickly (notably S3 and cloudfront related things, but these are not the rocket science). I picked it because I needed to get up to speed quickly and it was the most recent publication on the topic, plus I generally like O'Reilly technical books.
It covers most of the AWS elements with a couple of newer exceptions, in a relatively easy straightforward "adult" tone (no stupid joking around) I'm using the EC2 sections right now which have not answered all my questions unfortunately.
I feel the content is a bit mixed up throughout the book and doesn't flow as well as it might. It seems to jump between disparate examples without sufficient (generalised) explanation of architecture choices and such like. This "jumpiness" detracts from the overall appeal for me.
I continue to dip in and out of the book which says something positive about usefulness and it is more approachable than a lot of the amazon technical docs. I will say this - in terms of high level familiarisation with the diverse and often complicated number of services offered, it does succeed, but I ended up going much deeper with the amazon technical docs rather than with content in the book itself.
But I can't quite put my finger on why this book doesn't quite hit the mark for me. I'm an experienced sysadmin/developer and may be I was expecting something a bit more heavyweight than is contained in the 150ish pages, perhaps I am not the intended audience
Programming Amazon EC2: Run Applications on Amazon's Infrastructure with EC2, S3, SQS, SimpleDB, and Other Services(2 customer reviews)