Chapter 3Tooling Up

Now that you’re familiar with the range of Amazon Web Services and what they’re capable of, you may be wondering how we start using them. Before we start coding, however, we’ll need to tool up. I’ll spend some time on the visual tools (user interfaces and consoles) and command line tools. I’ll also discuss the level below the tools: the libraries available for a particular programming language. This book will focus on PHP, but I’ll provide some general rules for library selection. This chapter will also lead you through creating of your AWS account, installing the AWS SDK for PHP, and the necessary command line tools.

Technical Prerequisites

Before we go too much further, I want to ensure that my expectations regarding your ...

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