Achievement Unlocked : AWS Certified Developer Associate
Today I passed my fourth AWS certification, the Certified Developer Associate. For those out there with it on their “to do” list, let me say that I found this exam the easiest so far, passing with 81%, which was way beyond what I expected after not being able to study for the last couple of weeks. In fact, I’ve spent 100% of my time on an Office 365 engagement, which is pretty far away from what the exam is all about.
First up, I don’t know why it’s called a developer exam, you don’t need to know anything about programming. It’s more to do with how the AWS products and services would integrate with applications and software. With that in mind, there is a heavy focus on the likes of S3, DynamoDB, SQS, SNS, CloudFormation, VPC and Elastic Beanstalk.
To prepare, I’d already done the Solutions Architect Associate and Pro and the SysOps Associate – there is quite a lot of overlap in this exam with topics you’d find in those exams. I think a combination of AWS experience and getting better used to the exam format that stood me in good stead today, and I didn’t find it overly taxing, finishing in around 40 minutes, including some answer reviews.
The exam itself is 55 questions over 80 minutes, so you should have a good amount of time to read each question and each answer in turn, eliminating the wrong ones. Go with your gut feeling and you’ll be right more often than not. It’s always worth marking those you aren’t sure of for review, when you get to the end and you have time left over, sometimes there is less pressure and it’s easier to re-read the questions and possible answers.
As well as practical experience and the battle wounds inflicted by three goes at the Solutions Architect Pro exam, the ACloud Guru course is worth a watch. There are some topics on there that are repeated if you’ve been through the Solutions Architect track, but the videos are reasonably short and act as good refreshers.
The FAQs also add value as refreshers in so much as the answers get right to the point and skirt along topics you’ll likely see in the exam. Glad to have this one out of the way and only time will tell if I can get the DevOps Pro done before the new rumoured exams appear. As usual, if you have any questions, please feel free to hit me up on Twitter or LinkedIn, I’m happy to answer provided it doesn’t breach exam NDA.