Amazon Web Services in Action 3rd Edition: Early Access

Andreas WittigUpdated 22 Dec 2022

About seven years ago, Michael and I started to write a book about Amazon Web Services. We were beginning our consulting business, and writing a book seemed like an excellent way to demonstrate our expertise. Our publisher Manning launched our book Amazon Web Services in Action in September 2015, shortly before re:Invent. At that time, we could not have guessed where this would lead us. Over the years, our book helped tens of thousands of people get started with AWS. Today I’m pleased to announce that we are launching the early access program for the 3rd edition of our book Amazon Web Services in Action.

Amazon Web Services in Action, 3rd edition out now!

AWS in Action reveals best practices for security, high availability, and scalability on AWS, the world’s most popular cloud. It’s packed with techniques for automating your deployment, management, and infrastructure using Infrastructure as Code.

With the third edition, we are revising all 17 chapters. AWS has made significant progress since the second edition in 2018. As a result, there are countless new features that we need to incorporate into the third edition. Of course, we are also updating all the examples.

The most significant change is a new chapter: Building modern architecture for the cloud: AppRunner, ECS, and Fargate. The brand-new chapter is about deploying a web application by using containers. We start with a simple example based on AppRunner and end the chapter with a cloud-native architecture based on ALB, ECS, Fargate, and S3. We also rewrote chapter 15 Automating deployment: CloudFormation, CodeDeploy, Packer to provide you the tools to deploy your applications to AWS.

Get early access to the 3rd Edition of Amazon Web Services in Action. The Manning Early Access Program (MEAP) gives you access to our book while we are still writing and updating chapters. We will release additional chapters frequently. Of course, you will also get access to the final version of the book. On top of that, Manning grants you access to the 2nd edition for free.

The table of contents shows the current state of Amazon Web Services 3rd Edition:

  1. ✅ What is Amazon Web Services?
  2. ✅ A simple example: WordPress in five minutes
  3. ✅ Using virtual machines: EC2
  4. ✅ Programming your infrastructure: The command-line, SDKs, and CloudFormation
  5. ✅ Securing your system: IAM, security groups, and VPC
  6. ✅️ Automating operational tasks with Lambda
  7. ✅ Storing your objects: S3 and Glacier
  8. ✅ Storing data on hard drives: EBS and instance store
  9. ✅ Sharing data volumes between machines: EFS
  10. ✅ Using a relational database service: RDS
  11. ✅ Caching data in memory: Amazon ElastiCache
  12. ✅ Programming for the NoSQL database service: DynamoDB
  13. ✅️ Achieving high availability: availability zones, auto-scaling, and CloudWatch
  14. ✅️ Decoupling your infrastructure: Elastic Load Balancing and Simple Queue Service
  15. ✅ Automating deployment: CloudFormation, CodeDeploy, Packer
  16. ✅️ Designing for fault tolerance
  17. ✅️ Scaling up and down: auto-scaling and CloudWatch
  18. ✅️ Building modern architectures for the cloud: ECS and Fargate

✍️ = Work in progress
🕵️‍ = Review and Editing
✅ = Available for reading via MEAP

Get your copy of Amazon Web Services in Action 3rd Edition today. Use coupon code mlwittig5 for 50% off, valid through April 11, 2022.

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Andreas Wittig

Andreas Wittig

I’ve been building on AWS since 2012 together with my brother Michael. We are sharing our insights into all things AWS on cloudonaut and have written the book AWS in Action. Besides that, we’re currently working on bucketAV,HyperEnv for GitHub Actions, and marbot.

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