My sessions at re:Invent 2019 around scaling up web applications

Jan 1, 2020

Re:Invent 2019 was an amazing conference once again, it was my second time speaking there and I had a blast! This year I had two sessions, I got to repeat the builder session “Scaling up a web application” with my good friend Tony Hawke and I also got to present the classic “Scaling up to your first 10 million users” breakout talk with Hong Pham.

In the scaling to your first 10 million users talk, Hong and I talked through a range of AWS services that can help you scale your web applications. This talk has been done at pretty much every re:Invent ever, so to be able to put our spin on this talk was a huge deal for me, and I’m really happy with how it came together! You can check out the video on YouTube if you want to see it.

The builder session was a little different. If you’re not familiar with the format, builder sessions are one presenter to 5 or 6 attendees, laptops out, getting hands-on. What Tony and I built for this talk was a lab that takes about an hour to run through where you start with a web application that performs OK with a single user but starts breaking with more users. We put in various AWS services to help with this so that you can get hands-on experience with a few different techniques throughout the hour and we do live load testing to measure the improvement as we go.

The good news here is that if you couldn’t make it to re:Invent to get into one of these sessions, the code and a walkthrough is available online! Head over to my GitHub repo and you’ll find all the code, as well as scripts to deploy it and documentation to take you through the workshop at your own pace. It takes about an hour to deploy to most AWS accounts and then you can do it all yourself before tearing it down at the end! If you are interested definitely check it out!

All in all, it was an amazing week, and I got to talk to plenty of customers and I had a great time! Hopefully, I’ll get to return in 2020 and do it all again!



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