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AWS: Serverless Architectures on AWS

As a developer with a serverless architecture, you can focus on their core product instead of worrying about managing and operating servers or runtimes, either in the cloud or on-premises. This reduced overhead lets you reclaim time and energy that can be spent on developing scalable and reliable products.

Serverless Architectures on AWS
2 weeks
2–4 hours per week
Progress at your own speed
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Starts Mar 1

About this course

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A modern software engineer knows how to use the benefits of managed services from Amazon Web Services to reduce the coding needed to get a project across the line. There’s a lot of code you really don’t need to write when you can use a managed service for your applications. Less code means less tests, less bugs, and quicker delivery.

In this course, we get hands on with automation tools and serverless managed services. Get your projects completed faster without needing to maintain the underlying servers hosting the managed services. Treat your infrastructure as code using AWS CloudFormation and AWS Serverless Application Model as an automated way to build the resources hosting your applications. We use AWS Amplify to rapidly add front-end hosting and AWS Cognito to add authentication to our application. With Cognito in place, we upgrade the application API to require authentication. Next, we learn to use AWS Step Functions to move a lot of the workflow coordination code out of your applications. Using serverless services, we contrast some options for building event driven architectures with Amazon SNS, Amazon SQS and Amazon EventBridge. Join our expert instructors as we dive deep on real-world use cases for each of the featured services in the course.

This course will provide a combination of video-based lectures, demonstrations and hands-on lab exercises that will get you working with automation tools, Cognito authentication, Step Function workflows and event-driven architectures.

At a glance

  • Language: English
  • Video Transcript: English
  • Associated skills:Application Programming Interface (API), AWS Amplify, Demonstration Skills, Front End (Software Engineering), Workflow Management, Authentications, Automation, Coordinating, Amazon Simple Notification Service (SNS), Core Product, AWS CloudFormation, Managed Services, AWS Serverless, Infrastructure as Code (IaC), Amazon Web Services, Amazon Simple Queue Services, Scalability, Software Engineering, Serverless Computing, Amazon Cognito, Event-Driven Programming, Lecturing

What you'll learn

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--Create a serverless API with the AWS Serverless Application Model (SAM) using the compute and storage services from the previous course: Lambda, S3 and DynamoDB.
--Describe the parts of an authenticated serverless application and API using Amazon Cognito and Amazon API Gateway.
--Describe different application integration designs: REST API, and Event Driven architecture.
--Differentiate messaging use cases of Amazon Simple Notification Service and Amazon Simple Queue Service.
--Create a workflow that coordinates multiple AWS web services with AWS Step Functions.

Week 1: Automation and Authentication
Welcome to the Course
Video: Course Intro
Reading: Welcome to the Course
Video: Providing Feedback
Reading: Customer Feedback

Video: Week 1 Introduction
Video: Infrastructure as Code
Video: AWS Serverless Application Model
Video: Demo: Hands on with AWS SAM
Lab: Hands on with AWS SAM
Video: AWS Amplify for Frontend Developers
Reading: Automation

API Authentication
Video: Application Sign-in with Amazon Cognito
Video: API Authentication with Amazon Cognito
Video: Demo: Application Front End
Lab: Application Front End
Video: Authentication inside an Application
Reading: Authentication
Video: Week 1 Wrap Up
Assessment: Week 1 Quiz

Week 2: Serverless Event Driven Architectures
Video: Week 2 Introduction
Video: Introduction to Event Driven Architectures
Video: Messaging Pattern: Point-to-Point
Video: Demo: Point-to-Point with SQS
Video: Message Sequence and At-least-once Delivery
Video: Messaging Pattern: Pub-Sub Part 1
Video: Messaging Pattern: Pub-Sub Part 2
Video: Amazon EventBridge Pipes
Video: Demo: Stock replenishment app
Lab: Stock replenishment app
Reading: Events and Messaging

Video: Workflow Orchestration with AWS Step Functions
Video: Demo: Capital guessing game
Lab: Capital Guessing game
Reading: Orchestration
Video: Week 2 Wrap Up
Assessment: Week 2 Quiz

Course Closing:
Video: Course Close
Assessment: Final Assessment

Frequently Asked Questions

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Q. Are there any prerequisites for this course?
A. There are no required prerequisites for this course. However, we recommend that leaners have a general understanding of cloud computing and security concepts.
Q. Are there any costs associated with this course?
A. Learners can register for the course in an Audit track or Verified Certificate track. The Audit track is free, but has restrictions. The Verified Certificate track costs $99 and provides full access to course content for the duration. Please visit for more information.
Q. Are there hands-on activities in this course?
A. Yes, this course includes hands-on lab exercises. However, these exercises are restricted to learners in the Verified Certificate Track.
Q. How much time will this course require?
A. If following the weekly schedule, learners should plan to spend 2-4 hours per week on this course. However, learners may complete the course at their own pace.
Q. Will I receive a certificate for this course?
A. Learners enrolled in the Verified Certificate path will receive a certificate upon successful completion of the course.
Q. What is the grading policy for this course?
A. All learners may take weekly quizzes, which are not graded and allow unlimited retries.
Learners in the Verified Certificate track are able to take the final course assessment in the course. Passing the final assessment is required to obtain the Verified Certificate.
Learners in the Audit track will not have access to the final assessment, and will not be able to earn a certificate.
Q. How are discussions used in this course?
A. This course has discussion groups aligned to each week of the course. We encourage learners to ask questions or offer suggestions and feedback. AWS Instructors will monitor the discussion groups to answer questions specific to the exercises and topics covered in the course.
Q. When will course content be available?
A. All course content will be available when the course opens. Since AWS frequently publishes service updates and new features/functionality, there may be a need to update the course content during its lifetime. If course content is updated, a notice will be placed on the course home page.
Q. Will this course help me prepare for an AWS Certification?
A. Earning an AWS Certification typically requires both knowledge and experience. While this course, if taken in isolation, will provide you with baseline information about cloud security, it will not equip you to earn an AWS Certification. For more information about AWS Certifications, including recommended training and experience requirements, visit

This course is part of Building serverless applications on AWS XSeries Program

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2 months
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