Google Cloud Engineer Course - Introduction

September 18, 2018


Introduction
This post explain the organization of the course. 
You will be invited NOT to follow a single path, but to find out the best, fastest and more compelling way FOR YOU to learn and increase your skill. 
Why in english? Simply because the exam and all the study material are in english. So, better get used to it.

Fast Learning
Learning in a fast way is amazing. The proposed method to achieve that is:
  • Read the basic Concept
  • If you feel at ease with them, skip to the practice Tests
  • Otherwise, ask yourself:  which are the areas that I need to cover or deepen?
    • If you feel that you need a clean start follow the courses otherwise you can decide to practice with some labs
    • In any case write down any doubt and look into the “Building Blocks” 
Course Topics 
There will be one Post for each of these main topics:
  • Compute
  • Storage and Database
  • Networking
  • Applications
  • Monitoring & Security
  • Bigdata
  • ML
  • Other Tools
The posts will be dynamic and they will be published apparently randomly 😁 and they will be often updated:
  • it is important that the contents will remain up to date
  • It will make you free to go on at your own speed (you will NEVER see a scaring 10 post backlog)
  • It will be straightforward to cover strict inter-related arguments. 
Coursera Study Material

These are the official online Google courses for Associate Cloud Engineer and for Professional Cloud Architect Certifications https://cloud.google.com/certification/





Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure 

An overview of everything. Just if you have no idea. Easy but not so useful.

Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Foundation 

Explains the topics closer to the hardware: VM + Network
Essential Cloud Infrastructure: Core Services
IAM, Storage and Database, Services Monitoring
Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Scaling and Automation
Load Balancing, Autoscaling and Big Data 
Elastic Cloud Infrastructure: Containers and Services
Cloud Pub/Sub, Containers and Kubernetes
Reliable Cloud Infrastructure: Design and Process
Management, Security, Resiliency, Scalability, and Disaster Recovery (only for Cloud Architect Professional)


They are well made but looooong 😳….and at the same time missing a lot of small but important technical details. Their goal is to give the correct idea and framework of the platform. But they are a long way to go.



They have a cost, but with this link  https://www.coursera.org/promo/NEXTExtended you may have a month free.



If you have some experience with AWS this course is outstanding and may represent a fast path for your learning: https://www.coursera.org/learn/gcp-fundamentals-aws/
In addition it is free (just keep asking just for the training materials) and we will use it for the demos.
Moreover, here https://cloud.google.com/docs/compare/aws/ you’ll find the GCP Services facing with the corresponding AWS Services.

A last mention to the official documentation: it is really good. After a while you'll get used to it and you'll be able to find out quickly what are you looking for. 

Following the outline followed for all topics:

Basic Concepts TL;DR
Here you will find the Big Picture of the current topic. Only the main concepts and the organization behind it. You may refer to the Building Blocks for explanations on specific issue.


Study Material
Here you will find the links to the specific lessons in the self-paced Courses. Optional. Inside the Building Blocks you'll find the links to the official documentation with the how-to guides. Up to you.


Ask yourself
Something to think about a little bit more.  


Demos
Do you want to have an idea of the operations in the fastest way? The answer is a quick demo. Therefore you can decide if you need to take a lab (Qwiklabs or just the Google ones)

Labs
In this section will be listed the Qwiklabs/Google codelabs related to the current topic.
You may use Qwiklabs platform or just the free tier. 

If the service is not expensive, the advice is to follow a lab with your account: you will cope with the security issues, that are a huge problems for beginners.

By the way, here you may find out if a service is expensive or not.

Practice Tests
Practice Tests are really important! ...and not so easy to find. Especially for GCP. 
You will use Tests from the start, organized by subject.
The best method is to understand if you manage to answer just with a little help (Building Blocks are set up just for that). 
In this way you will be compelled, never bored, and you will remember a lot more.
But take care to deepen every argument, and assure that you are really grasping the scope and the meaning of any question.

Final Considerations
As you may see, the trick is only one: be active during your learning process.
You are directly involved in the procedure. So, if there is any improvement or correction to be made, HELP. That is, don’t just say: damn..it’s wrong!  But work on the best revision and improvement!
And give explanations to others on Slack 







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