Why I joined Amazon Web Services

Gerard Sans
Mar 5 · 4 min read

How I became a Developer Avocado 🥑

Day-1 at new Amazon offices in London (left). My avocado bag (right)

Yay! I am very excited to share with you that I joined the DevRel team at Amazon Web Services as a Developer Advocate!! 🎉🙌

Let me quickly introduce myself. I am Gerard Sans. I am originally from Barcelona and living in the UK. Four years ago, I decided to quit my job as a Developer and start a solo career as a public speaker and trainer.

Would you quit your job today to start speaking at events and do trainings? Four years ago, I did just that

MCing with Britt Barak during droidcon London 10th anniversary.

Why I joined AWS?

We need to go back to last September during a trip to Brasil to speak at VueJS Summit in Sao Paulo. Brasil is totally awesome! During that trip, I did a talk on how to implement motion at the VueSP meetup, a workshop on Vuex, a talk at the conference on GraphQL and a talk at the AngularSP meetup. Besides the busy schedule, I did all of those talks in Portuguese! Why I would do that!? I know right… 🇧🇷

I speak Spanish, Catalan, German, Portuguese and English. I learned Portuguese while living in Sao Paulo for 2 years.

Never be afraid to ask for help. It’s so easy and makes such a difference.

This was quite an achievement as I built very quickly a rather complex application with almost no experience. The final app included:

  • Client using AppSync
  • Setup for CRUD operations (queries and mutations)
  • Setup for real-time (subscriptions)
  • Auto-generated GraphQL Server with authorization and custom resolvers
  • Deployment to production

After the trip, I was very impressed with AppSync and the support I got from Nader. These really influenced my decision to apply for this role.

Below is the talk in question. Note it’s in Portuguese. Beleza =)

Talk: GraphQL to the infinity (Portuguese)

What now?

These days, I am meeting with everyone from my team in Seattle and getting up to date so I am able to contribute asap. I am working on a few new articles that should be out in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!

Integration with Angular & Ionic

As an Angular GDE, I will work close to the team to make sure the integration with AWS Services is awesome. Please contact me right away if you find any issues.

Amplify Framework landing page (https://aws-amplify.github.io)

Thanks for reading

Would you like to be a Developer Advocate? Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or if you need mentoring.

Looking for speakers? Look no more

Are you an organiser of a meetup, event or conference interested in talks or workshops showing how to build AWSome Apps using GraphQL, Amplify and AppSync?

Ping any of us! Nader (@dabit3), Kurt (@kurtiskemple), Dennis Hills (@dmennis) or myself (@gerardsans) will be happy to check availability and dates for you. Let’s be in touch!

Nader Dabit (#1), Kurt Kemple (#2), Dennis Hills (#3), Gerard Sans (#4)

Gerard Sans

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