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Developing Solutions for Google Cloud Platform with App Engine


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Building Solutions for Google Cloud Platform with App Engine

As developers, the learning never ends. Just when we get used to a certain technology, it goes and changes. We’re always needing to learn new languages, frameworks, APIs, and platforms.

And if you’re also in charge of deploying your code, then you need to understand how to setup and configure web servers, deal with scaling issues and manage databases. Frankly, it can be exhausting!

So, why invest the time in learning yet another set of technologies? That’s the question I find myself asking whenever some new trend comes along. I want to know how it’ll make my job, and the jobs of my peers better or easier.

Throughout my career I’ve been responsible for deploying my own code. And I think that’s why the Google Cloud Platform resonates with me so well. It’s a platform that understands developers.

So, why take the time to learn something like App Engine? I think the answer is simple. Because you can take all your development experience and apply it to a platform as a service that removes most of the obstacles to getting code running in production.

The value of having Google ensure your app is highly available is worth a lot to me. We get a rich set of tools for developing locally, and simple deployments, with application versioning. All while using the same programming languages and frameworks that we’re used to.

If you’re looking for a native cloud platform for building out highly scalable applications, or mobile back-ends, then you’ve come to the right place. App Engine provides all that and more.

This course focuses on teaching you about the tools App Engine provides to build out highly scalable systems.

We’ll be building out Python web applications using Flask, and using Cloud Datastore as our database. There is a bit of a learning curve to getting started. And that’s what this course is for, to minimize the amount of time spent learning the platform, so you can get back to writing code.

The source code lives on: Github so feel free to download it, and follow along.

We’ll cover a lot of data in this 2 hour course. And by the end of it, you should feel comfortable getting started building out App Engine applications of your own.

And if you’re looking to get your Qualified Solutions Developer certification, this is going help you with that too.

So, if this sounds useful to you, let’s get started!

Course Objectives

In this course

  • We’ll create an App Engine application, and deploy it
  • We’ll be Developing a REST API with Cloud Endpoints
  • We’ll learn about the different Authentication and Authorization methods available on App Engine.
  • We’ll learn about the monitoring and management tools available.
  • We’ll cover the different storage options available.
  • We’ll review Cloud Datastore more in depth.
  • We’ll look into ways to improve application performance.
  • And We’ll learn about Task Queues.

Intended Audience

This is a intermediate level course because it assumes:

  • You have development experience

What You'll Learn

Lecture What you'll learn
Intro What will be covered in this course
Getting Started Creating our first App Engine application
Cloud Endpoints How to create RESTful APIs with Endpoints
Services How to break our applications down into separate services
Authentication How can we authenticate users?
Managing Applications How do we manage App Engine apps?
Storage How do we use the different storage options?
Datastore A more in depth look at datastore
App Performance How can we make our apps more responsive?
Task Queues How can we run tasks outside of a user request?
What's next? Where do we go from here?



Welcome to Developing Solutions for Google Cloud Platform, I'm Ben Lambert, and I'll be your instructor for this course.

This course is gonna be an introduction to building out solutions for App Engine on Google Cloud. If you're interested in learning the tools that App Engine provides and how to use them, then this course may be for you. Since this is all about developing for App Engine I assume that you're a developer, or at least someone with development experience. You could take this course without any development experience, however I think you're gonna quickly feel lost since a lot of the time is spent on this course covering code.

We're going to be using Python code throughout the course and a little bit of Go. I opted for Python, because as a language I find developers from any background are often able to make sense of the code, even if they're not used to developing in Python.

Here's what we'll be covering throughout this course. We'll create an App Engine application and deploy it. We'll be developing a REST API with Cloud Endpoints. We'll learn about the different authentication and authorization methods available on App Engine. We'll learn about monitoring and management. We'll cover the different storage options available. We'll review Cloud Datastore more in depth. We'll look into ways to improve application performance. And we'll learn about Task Queues.

By the end of this course, you'll have a more complete understanding of the tools that are available for App Engine and understanding how you might use them. So, if your goal is to just learn about App Engine, or you're preparing for the Qualified Solutions Developer exam, then this course is gonna help you.

Before we start in, I like to point out that you can edit the speed of the video player in the settings, so feel free to try that out to see what option works best for you.

Also, there are things that you'll need to have installed to get started developing for App Engine. First, you're gonna need the Cloud SDK, and second you'll need the App Engine SDK. As a developer, you've probably installed tools just like this a thousand times, so I'm gonna skip showing how to install this, since the documentation covers that. Also, I'm gonna include a link to any of the source code that I'll be using throughout the course, in the description below.

Okay, if you're ready to get started learning about how we can use App Engine to build out highly scalable applications then let's get this course started.

About the Author
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Ben Lambert is a software engineer and was previously the lead author for DevOps and Microsoft Azure training content at Cloud Academy. His courses and learning paths covered Cloud Ecosystem technologies such as DC/OS, configuration management tools, and containers. As a software engineer, Ben’s experience includes building highly available web and mobile apps. When he’s not building software, he’s hiking, camping, or creating video games.