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AWS Snack, Season 1

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"Narrowing the skills gap, one chapter at a time."

NOTE: This virtual self-study group will begin once a Senior Percolator has been identified to lead the group. Learn more about becoming a Senior Percolator.

AWS Snack is our latest virtual self-study group.  The focus will be on learning Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Why AWS?

Amazon Web Services (AWS) ranks #8 among the most frequently requested skills in job postings in the Boston area, higher than either MySQL at #23 or PHP at #24.

The book we will use has just been published:

Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches

Self-Study Group Format

The format of a virtual self-study group is as follows:

Note: There is no classroom instruction. There are no webcasts. There are no scheduled appointments of any kind.

• Each participant obtains a copy of the same textbook: Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches.

• Each participant commits to read one chapter per week, complete the exercises and post links to your completed work.

• Each participant obtains assistance by posting questions to a discussion area set up on the Boston PHP Message Board for each chapter. Each participant will receive feedback, as well as, a weekly group e-mail update.

• Each participant who completes the book is recognized on the Self-Study Group | Wall of Accomplishment.

Once you have access to the book, you simply proceed at a pace that best fits into your current work/life schedule.

You DO NOT need to live in the Boston area to participate. 

How Do I Get Started?

• Become a member of Boston PHP if you are not already a member. Simply click: Join us!

• Register for AWS Snack, Season 1.  Simply RSVP: Yes

• Obtain a copy of Learn Amazon Web Services in a Month of Lunches (the only program cost). Manning Publications has graciously allowed Boston PHP members to purchase products at a 36% discount.  Just enter ug367 in the Promotional Code box when you check out at  

When your book arrives, start your virtual learning by reading one chapter at a time, completing the exercises and posting a link to your completed work. 


Q: How long will the course last?

A: We will cover 21 chapters plus one appendix in the book starting Sunday, September 17, 2017 and ending Saturday, February 10, 2018.  Refer to the AWS Snack, Season 1 -- Master Discussion List for specific dates.

Q: Do I have to wait until Sunday, September 17 to begin?

A: No need to wait! Feel free to begin as soon as you obtain a copy of your book. Simply post a message on the Introduce Yourself: AWS Snack, Season 1 message board once you receive your book so that we can gauge commitment and participation. Then, proceed at a pace that best fits your current work/life schedule.

Q: Do I have to live in Boston to participate?

A: Not at all. This program is virtual. We have successful graduates from many states and even have graduates from countries in Europe and Africa.

Q: What if I have additional questions?

A: Simply post a reply below and you will receive a response.

Invite your techie friends and co-workers to join in the fun.

Let's start snacking!

Gene Babon 

Chief Percolator


Boston PHP


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