Doug Woolley

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AWS Certified Developer - Associate AWS Certified Solutions Architect - Associate AWS Certified SysOps Administrator - Associate

AWS Certified on 3 Exams

Douglas Woolley


My Cloud Journey and My Journey Towards AWS Certification

The executive director for Verizon, Cheryl List, wrote the following to me in 2016:

  • "Your spirit, determination, and passion for coding has placed you in a position to move into new things."

Since late 2016, I am now working in Cloud Computing, utilizing public cloud technologies of Amazon Web Services (AWS). For the first 3 months of 2017, I immersed myself into AWS, taking training classes, experimenting on my free pesonal AWS account, and using my Verizon-established AWS account . Further, I was certified as both an AWS Developer (Associate Level) and an AWS Solutions Architect (Associate Level) in early 2017.

As a result, I received some nice compliments:

  • "You are setting a great example as a technology transformation leader for our team" - Cheryl List, Executive Director, Verizon

  • "Agreed, Nice work Doug! Appreciate your commitment to your personal development and embracing new technologies to help support the business." - Kevin Shine, Senior Vice President, Verizon

In July 2017, I passed the third (and final) AWS associate level certification exam: AWS SysOps Administrator. It was the hardest of the 3 exams, and thus the many extra hours of training and studying paid off.

AWS Certification is one of the top paying IT certifications, as documented by Forbes: $125K.

Some training sites that were helpful to me in achieving AWS Certification are as follows:

To establish a free account for the first year with AWS (as I did), visit https://aws.amazon.com/free/

When you are ready to login, you can go to the Amazon Web Services (AWS) home page (https://aws.amazon.com) and click the button at the top right to "Sign In to the Console". Eventually you can use your customized login URL.


Hosting a Static Website in AWS S3

As a learning project (and a practical project), this entire site for DouglasWoolley.com is stored "in the cloud" in Amazon S3 within the DouglasWoolley.com bucket, which was "transformed" into a static web site and made public. The S3 static website endpoint is http://douglaswoolley.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com. The user-friendly domain name (DouglasWoolley.com) was registered using Amazon Route 53, costing only $12 per year for the DNS registration fee. Next, a "hosted zone" was created and configured in Route 53 to map the domain (DouglasWoolley.com) and the subdomain (www.DouglasWoolley.com) to the non-friendly S3 website bucket endpoint (http://douglaswoolley.com.s3-website-us-east-1.amazonaws.com) using alias (A) records. Thus, individuals who surf on the Internet to one of these two user-friendly domain names will see website content stored in the S3 bucket for DouglasWoolley.com.

Although the web site is created and matained using Microsoft's Expression Web 4 software application, I utilize AWS S3 Console to upload some files to S3. Further, as an added convenience, when using AWS S3 Console in Chrome or Firefox browsers only, files and folders can be dragged from Windows Explorer and simply dropped into the S3 bucket in a designated folder/area. Alternatively, especially for mass changes, I use the AWS CLI (Command Line Interface) to synchronize the local site with the S3 site:
aws s3 sync $LOCAL_FOLDER s3://$S3_BUCKET_NAME/ --delete

Here is some good documentation on hosting a static web site in S3:


AWS Tampa Bay User Group Meetup at Verizon Tampa Tech Center - July 27, 2017

AWS Tampa Bay User Group Meetup

I am behind the podium, next to my co-worker, Darryl, appearing to the right in the picture. My boss's boss, Chitra, was one of the main speakers: third to the left of me.


My "Work" Book

The Value of Work book

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My "Programming" Book

FHSCC 1985-94 Book

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Mother-in-Law's Book

Margaret Lovick's Book