Over the weekend I took a Google Cloud Platform class on Coursera.  Why?  What do you do on your weekends?

The actual name of the class is  Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals: Core Infrastructure.

Google Cloud Platform Fundamentals Core Infrastructure

While the class is provided by Coursera it is taught by Google employees (Googlers?  Googleites?).  Overall it is a solid introduction to the Google Cloud Platform.  While I had a basic knowledge of GCP I learned a ton.

The scope of GCP offerings alone is a lot to get you head around.

For example when you need a cloud based database; when is using Cloud Spanner appropriate as compared to using Cloud Datastore?  I didn’t know before this class and now it is clear.

I did have some issues with the Coursera technology itself, especially the way that the labs worked.  You have to use a different temporary Google account for each lab to log into the GCP.

It did not always work as smoothly as I would have liked.  Additionally sometimes the progress indicator or the check your progress feature would not always update correctly while completing a lab.

At least once the video example did not go along with the upcoming lab and multiple times Coursera seemed to get confused about where in the course I was and I had to click next a bunch to get back to the lesson I was working on.

While these issues were intermittently frustrating I still give this class a solid B and would recommend it to other looking to get a better understanding  of how to work with the Google Cloud Platform.

To get the most out of the class I would suggest you first have a basic understanding of databases, ssh, Linux commands, etc.  Or if you are just looking for a consultant to help you to move your website, code base, or  data to the cloud – shoot me a message, I’ll be happy to discuss it with you.

 


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