I enjoyed developing in those early days (pre – 90s), and found I had a knack for it, but then a stint in the USMC pulled me away from computers for a while. When I came back into developing, it was as an automation engineer, using primarily Siemens PLCs and a combination of STL & Ladder, with primarily STL. From there, I was back into the PC world, then starting my own small consulting / web development company which led to me moving in to consulting in the Philadelphia, USA region. I drifted away a bit again as I moved into more senior leadership roles, and forgot to make time for the “fun stuff”, but I am moving back into a role where I can at least carve a part of my personal time out for development again since I am leading an innovation function in an R&D capacity. (very excited about that FYI)
So that was a long winded intro to the topic at hand: AWS, or Amazon Web Services. In my primary job, managing a portfolio of projects with IT components or focus for an R&D group in the Pharmaceutical industry, we have moved much of our stack to AWS hosted. The move off prem has been driven by a variety of factors, but it has opened up a tremendous opportunity. AWS has evolved to a highly scalable and flexible environment, which I had only a surface appreciation for until I started to dig under the surface. This site and other assets I manage for my personal use have now been moved over, and I am exploring wide range of options available to build solutions. I will post a bit about the journey, to give others dipping their toes into AWS some encouragement.
Last bit on this one – as I have started to explore AWS and microservices, I have also been exploring adjacent spaces, meaning the rest of the AWS service library, and also the emerging services from both Microsoft and Google in this space.