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Developing Applications with Google Cloud Platform

In this course, application developers learn how to design, develop, and deploy applications that seamlessly integrate components from the Google Cloud ecosystem. Through a combination of presentations, demos, and hands-on labs, participants learn how to use GCP services and pre-trained machine learning APIs to build secure, scalable, and intelligent cloud-native applications.

Target Audience

Application developers who want to build cloud-native applications or redesign existing applications that will run on Google Cloud Platform.

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Learning Objectives

This course teaches participants the following skills:

  • Use best practices for application development.
  • Choose the appropriate data storage option for application data.
  • Implement federated identity management.
  • Develop loosely coupled application components or microservices.
  • Integrate application components and data sources.
  • Debug, trace, and monitor applications.
  • Perform repeatable deployments with containers and deployment services.
  • Choose the appropriate application runtime environment; use Google Container Engine as a runtime environment and later switch to a no-ops solution with Google App Engine Flex.

Pre-Requisites

To get the most benefit from this course, participants should have the following prerequisites:

  • Completed Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals or have equivalent experience
  • Working knowledge of Node.js
  • Basic proficiency with command-line tools and Linux operating system environments

Course Content

Module 1: Best Practices for Application Development

  • Code and environment management
  • Design and development of secure, scalable, reliable, loosely coupled application components and microservices
  • Continuous integration and delivery
  • Re-architecting applications for the cloud

Module 2: Google Cloud Client Libraries, Google Cloud SDK, and Google Firebase SDK

  • How to set up and use Google Cloud Client Libraries, Google Cloud SDK, and Google Firebase SDK
  • Lab: Set up Google Client Libraries, Google Cloud SDK, and Firebase SDK on a Linux instance and set up application credentials

Module 3: Overview of Data Storage Options

  • Overview of options to store application data
  • Use cases for Google Cloud Storage, Google Cloud Datastore, Cloud Bigtable, Google Cloud SQL, and Cloud Spanner

Module 4: Best Practices for Using Cloud Datastore

  • Best practices related to the following: Queries, Built-in and composite indexes, Inserting and deleting data (batch operations), Transactions, Error handling
  • Bulk-loading data into Cloud Datastore by using Google Cloud Dataflow
  • Lab: Store application data in Cloud Datastore

Module 5: Performing Operations on Buckets and Objects

  • Operations that can be performed on buckets and objects
  • Consistency model
  • Error handling

Module 6: Best Practices for Using Cloud Storage

  • Naming buckets for static websites and other uses
  • Naming objects (from an access distribution perspective)
  • Performance considerations
  • Setting up and debugging a CORS configuration on a bucket
  • Lab: Store files in Cloud Storage

Module 7: Securing Your Application

  • Cloud Identity and Access Management (IAM) roles and service accounts
  • User authentication by using Firebase Authentication
  • User authentication and authorization by using Cloud Identity-Aware Proxy
  • Lab: Authenticate users by using Firebase Authentication

Module 8: Using Google Cloud Pub/Sub to Integrate Components of Your Application

  • Topics, publishers, and subscribers
  • Pull and push subscriptions
  • Use cases for Cloud Pub/Sub
  • Lab: Develop a backend service to process messages in a message queue

Module 9: Adding Intelligence to Your Application

  • Overview of pre-trained machine learning APIs such as Cloud Vision API and Cloud Natural Language Processing API.

Module 10: Using Cloud Functions for Event-Driven Processing

  • Key concepts such as triggers, background functions, HTTP functions
  • Use cases
  • Developing and deploying functions
  • Logging, error reporting, and monitoring

Module 11: Using Cloud Endpoint to Deploy APIs

  • Open API deployment configuration
  • Lab: Deploy an API for your application

Module 12: Debugging Your Application by Using Google Stackdriver

  • Stackdriver Debugger
  • Stackdriver Error Reporting
  • Lab: Debugging an application error by using Stackdriver Debugger and Error Reporting

Module 13: Deploying an Application by Using Google Cloud Container Builder, Google Cloud Container Registry, and Google Cloud Deployment Manager

  • Creating and storing container images
  • Repeatable deployments with deployment configuration and templates
  • Lab: Use Deployment Manager to deploy a web application into Google App Engine Flex test and production environments

Module 14: Execution Environments for Your Application

  • Considerations for choosing an execution environment for your application or service: Google Compute Engine, Container Engine, App Engine Flex, Cloud Functions, Cloud Dataflow
  • Lab: Deploying your application on App Engine Flex

Module 15: Monitoring and Tuning Performance

  • Best practices and watchpoints for performance
  • Key concepts related to Stackdriver Trace and Stackdriver Monitoring
  • Detecting and resolving performance issues
  • Lab: Use Stackdriver Monitoring and Stackdriver Trace to trace a request across services, observe, and optimize performance

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