My Day 1 Home Office - The Desk, The Chair, and The Gear

February 21, 2020

On LinkedIn, somebody asked for a picture of my home office. So here it is! The picture is below. I’ve gathered some furniture and gear over the last years to create my ultimate work space.

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Eight universal tips to pass any AWS certification exam with confidence

January 26, 2020

I’m still in pursuit to pass all AWS exams and hold the certifications. I got inspired. Also addicted. This blog post describes some universal tips to prepare for any AWS exam.

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The Dutch AWS User Group NL organized 29 meetups in 2019 - a review

January 9, 2020

Last year we organized 29 meetups ourselves and co-organized 40+ events with other sponsors and at commercial and community events. Here are some highlights and numbers.

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Customize the build for Hugo running on AWS Amplify

January 1, 2020

When you deploy a Hugo framework on AWS Amplify, by default an old version of Hugo is used. I prefer to work with the latest version, but also to control the exact version to work with on my workstation and on production.

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Starting 2020 with an empty agenda and a new website: Hit The Cloud

December 31, 2019

In 2020 I’m going to work on a few dreams I have for quite some time. The first dream has become reality already: this website is now live.

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A checklist when launching a blog like this

December 31, 2019

When you want to launch a blog website like this, you might want to use this checklist to make sure you have covered all features a blog should have.

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These websites offer beautiful images for FREE!

December 31, 2019

A lot of my work, like this website, contain beautiful images. Some are created by hand by myself, but others were just downloaded. Websites that share “stunning free images & royalty free stock”.

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Migrate CloudFormation Custom Resources after AWS adds support

November 13, 2019

New services do not always deliver support for CloudFormation at the launch. If you work with CloudFormation, you can create a Custom Resource. With the new import functionality, once AWS adds native support for the resource, you can now import this resource into your template and remove the old custom resource.

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Building a global app with AWS Global Accelerator

July 3, 2019

This blog post describes how to use the AWS Global Accelerator with a simple service across two regions, deployed with Terraform. AWS Global Accelerator is a networking service that improves the availability and performance of the applications that you offer to your global users.

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Martijn van Dongen
Free Agent / AWS Tribe Lead

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