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Gain practical experience building with Amazon CodeWhisperer through AWS Jam

April 30, 2024 update: Amazon CodeWhisperer is now Amazon Q Developer.

The shortage of cloud developers worldwide continues to impact those in the profession: they are tasked with solving more business problems with less time. Outside of writing code, builders are trying to keep up with the ever-changing landscape of programming languages, tools, frameworks, SDKs, APIs, and more. There is always a need to do things faster and better, and if we can have something that can help automate things like writing mundane code… why not?

If you are an AWS builder, you’ve likely heard about Amazon CodeWhisperer, an artificial intelligence (AI) coding companion that is trained on billions of lines of code and can generate code suggestions so you can build applications faster and more securely. Amazon’s 25 years of focus and advances in machine learning have helped us create generative AI tools like Amazon CodeWhisperer. Couple that with our 10 years of focus in AWS Training and Certification developing extensive and hands-on cloud training, and we’ve been able to create new ways to sharpen your skills to meet the industry demand with learning experiences like AWS Jam.

AWS Jam is a practical gamified learning experience that challenges individuals or teams to build and apply their AWS Cloud skills to solve real-world, open-ended problems using AWS services in a sandbox AWS environment. We’re excited to bring these two things together, giving builders a new way to learn how to use Amazon CodeWhisperer and increase their productivity. During the Amazon CodeWhisperer preview, Amazon ran a productivity challenge and participants who used Amazon CodeWhisperer were 27% more likely to complete tasks successfully and did so an average of 57% faster than those who did not use CodeWhisperer*.

For developers and technical learners

Learn to use Amazon CodeWhisperer to speed up time-consuming coding tasks by solving a series of time-bound challenges. Build Using Amazon CodeWhisperer AWS Jam Journey consists of seven Jam challenges that range in difficulty from easy to hard. The AWS Jam Journey will help you build practical Amazon CodeWhisperer skills through an engaging hands-on experience. The environment is gamified, featuring challenges, tasks, points, and clues that are typical of a gaming experience through self-paced lab activities. The gamified environment allows you to learn Amazon CodeWhisperer by using it, providing a visceral learning experience.

A screenshot of the first challenge of the Building Using Amazon CodeWhisperer AWS Jam Journey

In the first challenge of the Building Using Amazon CodeWhisperer AWS Jam Journey, individuals learn what Amazon CodeWhisperer is and how it works.

For teams

One of the best ways for an organization to leverage generative AI technology is to ensure in-house developers are enabled to proficiently use services like Amazon CodeWhisperer. With effective hands-on training, organizations can reap the full benefits of Amazon CodeWhisperer, including improving team’s productivity and accelerating product time to market.

Wipro, a multinational corporate offering IT consulting and business services, understood the importance of upskilling their entire team’s generative AI capabilities. They had been working with AWS Skills Guild since last year to build an internal cloud enablement program called StepUp.

Under StepUp, Wipro organized various learning opportunities to build foundational cloud knowledge across their organization and adopted AWS Skill Builder Team subscription to allow employees increased flexibility to broaden their cloud expertise. When we released the Build Using Amazon CodeWhisperer Jam Journey on Skill Builder, Wipro not only encouraged their developers to learn skills on their own, they also organized an AWS Jam event to bring developers together to foster shared learning, creativity, and a bit of friendly competition across their team. Through the AWS Jam event, developers solved real-world, open-ended problems using Amazon CodeWhisperer in an AWS Management Console or AWS CLI sandbox environment.

“We are so honored to have partnered with AWS on this first of many AWS Jam events! During the event, the Wipro-AWS Developer community were given a unique opportunity to experience first-hand the power of Amazon CodeWhisperer: its easy-to-use and intuitive interface and its unparalleled ability to improve the speed, productivity, and security of their coding efforts. In addition, our developer community was delighted to see how Amazon CodeWhisperer opened the door to all of the major coding languages. Wipro looks forward to continuing to develop this fantastic solution with AWS and help developers throughout the industry take advantage of its functionality,” said Ramesh Pai, Wipro Guild Sponsor and Vice President & Global Head, AWS Business Unit, Wipro FullStride Cloud.

Ongoing learning

If you’re already using Amazon CodeWhisperer or have already taken the Building Using Amazon CodeWhisperer AWS Jam Journey, you can reinforce your Amazon CodeWhisperer skills on an ongoing basis. Simply use any of the 500+ AWS Jam challenges and click the “Solve challenge using: Amazon CodeWhisperer” button. This functionally is in addition to the option of solving challenges via the AWS Console.

a screenshot of the options you have to solve the AWS Jam challenges

In AWS Jam, you can choose how you’d like to solve the Jam challenges with the click of a button.

AWS Jam is part of a full suite of experiential learning offerings within AWS Skill Builder, our online learning center. Customers can access AWS Jam in the Individual or Team subscription, and have access to 600+ self-paced digital courses, 150+ AWS Builder Labs, AWS Cloud Quest, AWS Industry Quest, AWS Certification exam preparation resources, and much more. Get started with AWS Jam on AWS Skill Builder today.

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