One of the most exciting recent changes in the computing world is cloud computing. Cloud computing is a dramatic shift in how applications are developed and used—and even in what applications are. With cloud computing, developers are no longer building applications that run on a user’s desktop computer. Instead, they’re building services on the network that can be used by thousands of users at the same time.
Cloud services are an exciting opportunity for developers: the cloud is a platform for creating services, a new kind of application that can reach more users, and provide those users with more capabilities than a desktop application ever could. Building applications as cloud services also makes them scalable: cloud applications can easily and smoothly adapt from running on a single computer for a single user to running on thousands of computers for millions of users.
Code in the Cloud will teach you what a cloud service is, and how it differs from traditional applications. It will show you how to build a cloud service, taking advantage of the services that AppEngine makes available to you, using iterative development of a simple application to guide you through the different aspects of AppEngine development, using either Python or Java.
Through the process of working on a simple application, you’ll learn about how to build an application as a service; how to manage persistent data using AppEngine; how to build dynamic, interactive user interfaces that run in a user’s web-browser; how to manage security in a web application; and how to interact with other services running in the AppEngine cloud.
About the Author
Mark Chu-Carroll is a software engineer at Google. He’s been working on programming languages and software development tools for close to 20 years. In his free time, he’s the administrator/developer of Scientopia.org, where writes the blog Good Math/Bad Math. You can visit his blog at http://scientopia.org/blogs/goodmath.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf (April 2011)
File Size: 7.1 MiB