Assist to events and learn about products behaviors, their benefits and how disruptive is something is nice. Assist to an event where someone explains you the problems s/he faced is extraordinary.
This is what Alec Lazarescu (@) did yesterday in the AWS loft in Manhathan, discussing about the Blue/green deployments.
Behind the Scenes with LearnBop – “Bulletproof Blue/Green Deployments – Myths, Pitfalls and Solutions”
After the session some of the people where discussing about some of the services of AWS. One guy commented that they use MySql instead of AWS RDS because with MySql he can keep the control of the database and changes are faster than with RDS, which depends on a service and sometimes the execution of a simple change takes more time than required.