Sunday, April 30, 2017

Experimenting with AWS Lambda

An inexpensive Kindle book ($4) that I found helpful for structuring my learning:

AWS Lambda: A Guide to Serverless Microservices

Some quick notes, but mostly Google search and AWS documentation otherwise.

After downloading the AWS CLI configure it:

> aws configure
AWS Access Key ID [None]: accesskey
AWS Secret Access Key [None]: secretkey
Default region name [None]: us-east-1
Default output format [None]:

Change the output format when using CLI by using the --output parameter:

> aws lambda get-account-settings -output text|json|table

AWS CLI Reference Page: http://docs.aws.amazon.com/cli/latest/index.html

To date I have not found a page (or three) quick reference in PDF format.

Continuing experimentation:

https://gofore.com/en/going-serverless-with-amazon-s3-and-lambda/


Using the Excel Sunburst Chart for Visualizations

Though not a new concept, Office 365 (Excel 2016) has a Sunburst Chart type (a.k.a. Multi-level Pie or Donut Chart) that is very handy for presenting hierarchies. Here are some ideas to consider:

A series of project portfolios:



A phone "wheel" like a phone tree (recently used this idea myself):




And I will credit the idea (thank you Chris Baugh) to an application at work representing questions on an assessment and how they relate to Common Core:




There is more sophisticated color formatting available in a variety of JavaScript libraries such as FusionCharts and HighCharts, but having the chart type in Excel makes it very approachable for those wanting an ad hoc visualization that doesn't require any programming.