Introduce yourself to folks in The DynamoDB Place!

Tell us:

  • Who you are
  • Your experience with DynamoDB
  • One interesting fact about yourself
I am Rick, did some DynamoDB videos people seem to like
I work at AWS on the DynamoDB service team, modeled a few services
I never graduated from college and worked as a laborer/carpenter/estimator for 5 years before learning Netware 3.11 to get into IT tech
"people seem to like" is the understatement of the year!

Rick has had the most-watched re:Invent talks for the last three years. Links for those that haven't seen them:

I LOVE these videos, pretty much the only re:Invent videos I watch multiple times. 

(Sometimes in slow-motion. 😉)
I'm Jeremy! I host the Serverless Chats Podcast, write the Off-by-none newsletter about serverless, and work on a number of open source projects. One of my OSS projects is called The DynamoDB Toolbox, and its goal is to help make it easier for developers to work with DynamoDB.
Hey, I’m Chris. I work as an engineering manager for a green energy company in the UK, I support around 12 developers at various levels (all are awesome).

We’re heavy users of AWS, and DynamoDB.

In my free time I’m a scuba diving instructor and volunteer for a marine conservation charity pulling up abandoned, lost or discarded fishing gear.
Hi, I am Ivan, backend engineer with 16 years of experience, mostly working as database architect (relational databases). No real experience with DynamoDB, but as I am currently working in a super interesting start-up where we are building a very data centric product, and we tend to be as serverless as possible, I've been learning about DynamoDB for quite some time and looking forward to start using it in some RND phases of my work.
I'm Nuatu. 
I work at AWS as a Cloud Architect - diving into all types of projects - most recently several that involve DevSecOps workflows to enable compliance-as-code frameworks that automatically detect non-compliant resources and perform auto-remediation.
I got my first tech job at 18 - just at the the tail end of the late 90's dot.com flurry. Since then I've weaved in and out of so many roles - largely by learning some group of technologies and hacking on projects. 
Hey I'm Chris :D I host the Party Corgi Podcast and I'm an independent consultant working in the JAMStack/Serverless spaces, mostly with startups. Dynamo has quickly become my first choice for new serverless work and I've made a number of videos teaching the basics, mostly aimed at people more familiar with frontend/jamstack type work.
If you want to check out the videos Chris has made, you can find them here on Egghead. Lots of good stuff for folks looking for DynamoDB + JavaScript.
Hi I'm Raisel, 
I live in Miami, FL and yes we also do IT here.

I'm expert breaking servers on Production in many clouds and when I do I try to do it using Java, NodeJs, and Python.

I'm also learning how to break Google Play Store and Apple Store with Dart and Flutter.

I'm interested in all things related to Serverless. I also have a passion for creating good APIs ala Hypermedia/ REST.
Hello Everyone,

Name is Nuno and I'm a developer in Toronto Canada.

I've been using Dynamo for about a year now, but very basically I'm hoping to use the information I learn with the book to actually develop something more with it and use it with all it's capabilities.

I'm really glad I found this book as trying to find information about Dynamo is crazy hard.

An interesting fact about me is that I am also a Capoeira teacher, an art-from from Brazil which is a martial art disguised as a dance and so much more, like Dynamo it's a treasure of things hidden from everyone ;).

Hope everyone is staying safe.


Oh also my main dev language is PHP, although I try to use what is right for the job, my days are spent in PHP
Hi I'm Ross,
I write a lot of below-average code targeting DynamoDB and other databases. Little by little I get to fix my bad schema designs. Currently working on an efficient graphql resolver design for DynamoDB.
This is very interesting, would love to be involved in your progress. If you don't mind sharing.
Yes, very interested in this. I remember reading that Facebook had an optimisation to reduce query payloads where they gave frequent/mature queries an ID. They can then say give me query number 3. I was thinking I’d end up with something like this - where an arbitrary GraphQL query is inefficient and results in multiple DB queries, but queries baked into production releases are aliased and they bypass the normal query builder to grab everything in one DB query. Something more generic would be awesome!
Mark Wilcox Exactly. Its not always efficient, but you have the right idea. Each time an entity is fetched, it looks at the children entities being requested and selects the best GSI to target and how much data to get from that GSI. I limit the available top-level entities to not have an explosion of GSIs, and embed child entity basic data into the parent on some GSIs.

Ross Williams Sounds interesting Ross. I have built a modeling, mocking, and "real-time" access layer to (aka, RxJS-like event stream) Firebase (RTDB for now, currently abstracting for Firestore too). I call it Firemodel. Would love to someday add the ability to extend this to graphQL subscriptions and marry it to DynamoDB but having roughly 3 hours of instruction into DynamoDB (and knowing that effective modeling in Dynamo is probably very different), I'm not sure this dream will reach fruition. :) 
I’m Mark, I live in York, UK and do freelance work remotely.

Currently building an iOS app with an AWS Amplify backend. Previously was the CTO of a mobile agency where I moved all of our app backends to serverless, but only the simple ones used DynamoDB because I was yet to be enlightened about single-table design (and we were using GraphQL).

I’ve written two books on technology that is now long dead already.
Hi I'm Thomas, 

I live in Tübingen, Germany and work for medium size company in the Energy & Utilities sector. I am mainly dealing with backend work using various serverless AWS services from IoT, Lambda, AppSync, EventBridge... and of course DynamoDB. I am really interested in single table design and how to combine the various serverless pieces together to provide efficient, stable and production ready applications.

Hey Thomas, any chance this is with EON or RWE? I used to run Sapient's commodities trading business and we did a lot of work with both.
Hey Ken, I am not working for EON or RWE but for a smaller company called AVAT Automation GmbH which is more in the energy utilities space.
Hello, I'm Stéphane,

I am a cloud architect in Paris. We are in the process of moving lots of workloads in PHP to the AWS Serverless API-First approach. We want to leverage the single table pattern design and I feel that I found the right place to start the journey.
Hi I'm Paul.

I work as a freelance Ruby on Rails developer in the UK.
I'm developing the data architecture/pipeline for one of my clients using AWS IoT, Lambda, API gateway and DynamoDB.
I started out as a systems administrator back in the days when you could touch servers. 
These days I'm really enjoying trying to build applications using as much 'serverless' technology as I can.
I'm expecting Alex's book to unlock the mysteries of single table design and help me use DynamoDB more effectively.


Hi, I'm Peter.

I'm currently working freelance. Lots of prior experience in the contact center software realm. Got a chance to use a fair amount of AWS and a bit of DynamoDB. Interested in leveling up those skills
Hey everyone, I'm a software architect based in Cornwall, England. I work almost entirely in the Microsoft stack and leverage a lot of other AWS technologies. AWS RDS has always bee my go-to as I come from a pure MS SQL relational database background. DynamoDB has certainly been a bit of a mind-bender, but I'm already feeling like I could never go back!

Single table design for the win!!!

Hi, I'm a server lead at Frogmind Games in Helsinki, Finland. I work with mobile gaming backends. We currently run two globally launched games using AWS EC2 and Aurora MySQL. 

 I'm currently building a new backend for a new game and I'm using DynamoDB on that. I'm still getting started on my DynamoDB journey but thanks to Alex and the DynamoDB book the journey has gotten a good start. Nice job with the book!
Hi all, I'm an entrepreneur and technologist based primarily in Los Angeles but also spend some time in London (where I lived for most of the past twenty years ... though I am American). Anyway, been meaning to get more acquainted with DynamoDB for a long while as I spend all of my backend time in the AWS cloud and have been hearing more and more good things about DynamoDB (though my very brief initial exposure several years ago was kinda painful).


Hi all! I’m a full stack developer, Graphql + lambda + dynamo + react + quicksight :) can’t think of anything interesting though :D 
AWS DynamoDB SA since 2016, author of amazon-dynamodb-labs.com . My thoughts are my own, but I'm really just here for the internet points.

Thanks, Alex, for your support for the DynamoDB team so we can get a copy of your book!
Hello folks,

Loving the book so far (into the meaty part now)! Thanks Alex DeBrie!

I am the lead SDE of AWS Chatbot: https://aws.amazon.com/chatbot/. If anyone is interested in using it, have feedback or want to work with us, let me know!
Hello Folks,

My name is Rahul. I work for one of the Amazon EC2 teams. With so many ddb tables that my team uses, I got to a stage where I just could not comprehend anything. I come from a relational world. I never used ddb or any NoSQL databases before. NoSQL concepts took me by surprise and
ddb got more confusing initially. I discovered Alex DeBrie's website when I was looking for something related to ddb. I glanced some of his blogs and decided to purchase his book. I was a little hesitant to pay $79. Took me a week to decide lol. 

I have read 13 chapters over the last 2 weeks. I just have one thing to say.  
Thank you Alex DeBrie. This book is gold!!

I have understood more things in ddb in the last 2 weeks. You made a person who hated ddb (because he did not understand it) to someone who is beginning to really like it. 
 
Thanks, Rahul
Rahul, that's great to hear! I'm really glad you enjoyed the book. Thanks for sharing your story :) 
I'm Craig Liebendorfer. I am a senior technical editor embedded on the DynamoDB PM team at AWS. I edit all kinds of DynamoDB content (webpages, UI, documentation, marketing, learning materials, most of Alex's book, etc.) and run the @DynamoDB Twitter handle (https://twitter.com/dynamodb/). Feel free to DM me at any time on Twitter.
I'm Chris Armstrong. I'm a full-stack developer at GorillaStack. I've been building serverless and hybrid applications on AWS using Node.js for about 5 years now.

I work with DynamoDB everyday, from augmenting existing services to leverage it for faster and more predictable access times compared to other NoSQL solutions, time-series data storage, or for simple CRUD data models using single table designs.

I maintain the dynaglue project, which makes it simpler to build and maintain single table designs in JavaScript/TypeScript. I also created the dynamodb-size utility for estimating document size. I've built DynamoDB emulators in the past (unfortunately not in the open source realm), wrapper libraries and other tooling.

You can find me on Twitter at @ckarmstrong or check out my (infrequently updated) blog.
(I wish the links in my comment would be emphasized a bit better)
Hi everyone,

I'm a Full Stack Developer who spearheads technical service lines for a relatively small mgmt consulting company.  Essentially that means building, then selling, and seeding new technical competencies in my org.  Been following the serverless space closely for about two years.

I'm spending this year going deep and building increasingly challenging backends with AWS and Serverless Framework.  That's what led me to purchase Alex DeBrie's book.  Awesome work, man.

I'm also working on a little commercial CRM product for realtors on the side.  That uses DDB too!
Welcome, Mike! Glad you're here.

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