Building Your Next Big Thing with Google Cloud Platform: A Guide for Developers and Enterprise Architects

  • 6h 50m
  • Jose L. Ugia Gonzalez, S. P. T. Krishnan
  • Apress
  • 2015

Building Your Next Big Thing with Google Cloud Platform shows you how to take advantage of the Google Cloud Platform technologies to build all kinds of cloud-hosted software and services for both public and private consumption. Whether you need a simple virtual server to run your legacy application or you need to architect a sophisticated high-traffic web application, Cloud Platform provides all the tools and products required to create innovative applications and a robust infrastructure to manage them.

Google is known for the scalability, reliability, and efficiency of its various online products, from Google Search to Gmail. And, the results are impressive. Google Search, for example, returns results literally within fractions of second. How is this possible? Google custom-builds both hardware and software, including servers, switches, networks, data centers, the operating system’s stack, application frameworks, applications, and APIs.

Have you ever imagined what you could build if you were able to tap the same infrastructure that Google uses to create and manage its products?

Now you can!

Using this book as your compass, you can navigate your way through the Google Cloud Platform and turn your ideas into reality. The authors, both Google Developer Experts in Google Cloud Platform, systematically introduce various Cloud Platform products one at a time and discuss their strengths and scenarios where they are a suitable fit. But rather than a manual-like "tell all" approach, the emphasis is on how to Get Things Done so that you get up to speed with Google Cloud Platform as quickly as possible. You will learn how to use the following technologies, among others:

  • Google Compute Engine
  • Google App Engine
  • Google Container Engine
  • Google App Engine Managed VMs
  • Google Cloud SQL
  • Google Cloud Storage
  • Google Cloud Datastore
  • Google BigQuery
  • Google Cloud Dataflow
  • Google Cloud DNS
  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub
  • Google Cloud Endpoints
  • Google Cloud Deployment Manager
  • Author on Google Cloud Platform
  • Google APIs and Translate API

Using real-world examples, the authors first walk you through the basics of cloud computing, cloud terminologies and public cloud services. Then they dive right into Google Cloud Platform and how you can use it to tackle your challenges, build new products, analyze big data, and much more. Whether you’re an independent developer, startup, or Fortune 500 company, you have never had easier to access to world-class production, product development, and infrastructure tools. Google Cloud Platform is your ticket to leveraging your skills and knowledge into making reliable, scalable, and efficient products—just like how Google builds its own products.

What you’ll learn

  • A brief introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Distinctive characteristics of Google Cloud Platform
  • The right way to do Authentication, Authorization to access Google Cloud Platform resources and user’s data
  • An overview of Google Cloud Platform technologies including compute, storage, networking, Big Data and application services.
  • Build, maintain and iterate over a backend infrastructure on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Optimize and scale existing projects on Google Cloud Platform.
  • Perform Big Data analytics using Google technologies.
  • Host web services in Cloud Platform and orchestrate complex applications with ease.
  • Architecture recipes using several Google Cloud Platform harmoniously

Who this book is for

Application Developers and Enterprise Architects seeking a robust and powerful cloud-hosted, backend, infrastructure for apps, services, research, and more.

About the Authors

S.P.T. Krishnan has more than 15 years of professional software development experience. He has expertise and experience in multiple computing domains: information systems security, cloud computing, high-performance computing, data analytics, and embedded systems. Krishnan is a Google Developer Expert in Google Cloud Platform and is currently working as a research scientist with the Institute for Infocomm Research, Singapore.

Krishnan graduated with a doctorate degree in computer engineering and a master's degree by research in computer science from National University of Singapore. He graduated with a bachelors of engineering degree in electronics and communication engineering from University of Madras, India. Krishnan currently lives in Singapore with his wife, Kavitha, and daughters, Balini, Bhadra, and DhanyaDeveshi.

Jose L. Ugia Gonzalez is a tech engineer and an entrepreneur. His main activities are generally related to software and product development in tech startups, with a greater focus on mobile and cloud computing technologies. Jose is currently working as a consultant for technological companies, as well as on own initiatives.

In this Book

  • The Google Cloud Platform Difference
  • Getting Started with Google Cloud Platform
  • Using Google APIs
  • Google Compute Engine
  • Google App Engine
  • Next Generation DevOps Initiatives
  • Google Cloud SQL
  • Cloud Storage
  • Google Cloud Datastore
  • Google BigQuery
  • Google Cloud Dataflow
  • Google Cloud Pub/Sub
  • Google Cloud DNS
  • Google Cloud Endpoints
  • Cloud Platform DevOps Toolbox
  • Architecture Recipes for Google Cloud Platform


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