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Welcome to the Team Michelle!

Hook 42 is excited to be adding Michelle Darling to our growing team. As a front end developer, Michelle will be focused on web development for our team. Michelle’s past history working with Drupal and Wordpress content management systems is a great addition to the group. We understand being the new person is a little awkward at first, so to break the ice we had Michelle answer a few fun questions. Here’s what Michelle said.

Where are you originally from, and where do you live now?

I live about 40 miles from my birthplace in Champaign, Illinois. 

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The Happy Box

There have been two outstanding times where I have been brought to tears of joy in the creation of Hook 42.

Both times are the result of someone creating a tangible visual representation of Hook 42's personality. The creation was something so fitting to the vision, that deep in my soul I realized that someone understands the vision enough to expand on it, improve it, make it more than just an idea, and can help convey the message to others.

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A Beginners Quest to Exploring React Native with Drupal

My goal in this post is to explore creating a Drupal powered mobile app with React Native. With no prior experience with React Native or React JS myself, this is truly an exploratory quest. I do have some experience with Angular 2-7 and AngularJS before it, so I admit I might have some more familiarity with concepts and code structure. 

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Welcome Kristen Littlefield to Hook 42

Hook 42 is excited to be adding Kristen Littlefield to our growing team. As a Project Manager,  Kristen will be focused on doing project management for our team. Kristen’s past history working with large scale redesigns, accessibility, and process improvement is a great addition to the group. We understand being the new person is a little awkward at first, so to break the ice we had Kristen answer a few fun questions. Here’s what Kristen had to say.

Welcome to hook 42 kristen!

The Twelve Days of AWS: Aurora

We've made it to the final day, the 12th day of AWS!

Talking of RDBMSs, with all of the Data Lakes, Data Warehousing, NoSQL solutions available on AWS, it is nice to still have access to a good old RDBM, which Aurora provides, with both MySQL and PostgreSQL flavors.

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The Twelve Days of AWS: Redshift

To talk about Redshift we probably need to talk about Data Warehousing, as Redshift is a fully managed Data Warehouse package. This is not putting your data in a ‘digital warehouse’ to go and gather virtual dust on the back of a virtual shelf somewhere and is more akin to a single source of truth for the state of a business and its information. Whilst Redshift is based on PostgreSQL and can be queried with normal SQL, it is not meant to be a DataBase per se.

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The Twelve Days of AWS: Data Pipelines

Extract, Transform & Load (ETL) is the name of the game when it comes to Data Pipelines. 

The Extract portion will acquire data from some source(s), which will then pass through Transform where some alteration may be needed to that data, to then end up Loaded into another storage format, such as Redshift, S3, to name a couple.

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The Twelve Days of AWS: EC2

Despite being what most people think about when mentioning AWS, I left their Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) until now, mostly because personally I don’t use it all that much.

With the advent of Lambda, EC2 can feel a bit more laborious as there is a lot more set up involved than with serverless solutions.

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The Twelve Days of AWS: CloudWatch

Speaking of CloudWatch… all things logging belong here. CloudWatch will track metrics on your EC2 instances, SQS, SNS entries and more. You will have graphing of data, and be able to keep track of everything happening on your AWS stack.

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The Twelve Days of AWS: CloudFormation

On the 7th day of AWS, I would like to mention something that almost stays hidden behind the scenes when using Serverless, but is critical to its use.

CloudFormation allows you to spin up a stack of resources from a config file. It deals with the order of operations, timing and error handling on your behalf and makes it pretty easy to keep on top of all the elements of the stack.

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