What’s so special about Qwiklabs.com? It might be the only site you visit today that does not require your credit card. Just released, 10 free labs are available now in the GCP catalog. The new skills you learn will not break, go out of style or require batteries. Instead of online shopping, start your next career move free of charge and learn how to:
- Create a small App Engine application that displays a short message. Comes with video.
- Give your brain a workout by practicing with the Google Fitness API – and you’ll learn about the architecture and basic functioning of Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).
- Write a demo app that retrieves data from G Suite APIs. You can’t go wrong with free G Suite training. Plus, you’ll get a free start on your G Suite: Integrations quest.
- Create your own App Maker app that has a Google Cloud SQL Database, Google Maps integration, and a Mobile Responsive Design. And of course, fully published and ready to use.
Get these free labs and more at qwiklabs.com – and stay tuned, the catalog will continue to grow!
SQL was developed in the 1970s but don’t think it’s too old to learn new tricks. SQL remains the most in-demand skill for data analysts, and it’s getting more powerful by the day with the help of cloud technology.
Cloud SQL hosted on GCP, offers high performance, vertical scalability and convenience. Why not see for yourself? Just released, enroll in the new Cloud SQL quest by Tuesday, November 30th and you’ll get a 1-month pass to Qwiklabs to get practice Cloud SQL on GCP (free of charge, no CC required). Here are some of the labs that you’ll take to earn your Cloud SQL badge:
- Dealing with flight delays? There’s a lab for that! Load Data into Google Cloud SQL to build data model to test consistency between flight arrival and departure time.
This lab uses code samples from the Data Science on GCP book and covers configuration of Google Cloud SQL. You’ll prepare your environment by cloning the code samples on GCP repository and then create a Cloud SQL instance. After importing flight data from CSV into Cloud SQL, you’ll write queries to build a data model:
Take the quiz to reinforce your understanding:
2. You still haven’t built a website for your cousin, and the holidays are just around the corner? There’s a lab for that! Learn how to build a website qwikly and cheaply with the App Engine and WordPress lab.
- You’ll create a Console project with Cloud SQL instance and storage bucket, and configure them to sync with your WordPress blog. Then set up a dependency management tool for PHP, Composer:
Is your Composer output similar to the one from the lab? Share your results @Qwiklabs.
Tip: Having trouble with step 3 of creating your WordPress project? You’ll need to enter the credentials from connection details. Find them on the left side of your lab manual:
Last, you’ll activate Cloud Storage plugin to deploy and configure your project. This plugin lets you upload media files to the Cloud Storage bucket and serve them from there. Be sure to test your knowledge and show off your results @Qwiklabs:
3. Want to learn how to develop applications with mobile responsive design but don’t have the time? There’s a lab for that! Build Apps with Google App Maker in a fraction of time with little (or even no) coding experience.
- When you’re done, your app will have a Cloud SQL database to set up business data models, maps integration to locate your business and mobile responsive design. It’ll look like this:
Complete the quest and don’t forget to add this shiny new badge to your resume.
Got an idea so crazy it just might work? Google’s AI for good team wants to hear it. Just announced, Google.org is calling for organizations around the world to submit ideas for solving societal problems with AI. If your idea is selected, you will receive Google.org grant funding from a $25M pool, support and consulting with Google’s AI and cloud experts, and more resources to help your idea become a reality.
Not sure where to start? There’s a lab for that. Learn about AI, machine learning and GCP tools, and how they come together in real-world scenarios. Then apply what you learn to approach societal problems you are passionate about. For a limited time through November 24, use the links in this post to claim 45 free Qwiklabs credits, good towards any lab in the catalog. Just enter promo code 1q-165 – it sounds crazy, but it just might work!
- The Cloud ML Engine: Qwik Start lab is an excellent starting point if you’re new to GCP. This lab assumes little to know prior knowledge, and by the end of the lab you have built a TensorFlow model, trained it both locally and in the cloud using Cloud ML Engine (CMLE), and used GCP’s online prediction service.
- Classify Images of Clouds in the Cloud with AutoML Vision: The Zoological Society of London is using AutoML to protect endangered species. Try it for yourself with a lab.
- Scikit-learn Model Serving with Online Prediction Using Cloud Machine Learning Engine: This 4+ star lab teaches you how to train a simple scikit-learn model, upload the model to ML Engine, and make online predictions against that model.
- Translate Text with the Translation API: Can you think of how smooth, seamless translation might be part of your solution? Learn how to take advantage of Google Cloud’s translation API in just 30 minutes. Talk nerdy to me!
- Integrating Machine Learning APIs: Now that you have API experience, learn how to use multiple APIs to construct a pipeline that compares an audio recording with an image and determines their relevance to each other. This is an advanced level lab, so if you find yourself in trouble, check out this intro to APIs lab.
- Real Time Machine Learning with Google Cloud ML: While a delayed flight is a minor inconvenience compared to societal problems like protecting endangered species and forecasting catastrophic flooding, it is certainly not fun to be stuck in an airport far from home. (I’m writing this in an airport by the way!) This lab teaches you how to create a real-time flight delay prediction service using Google Cloud Platform services. Can you think of how you might apply what you learn to other scenarios?
Get artificial intelligence training with these Google Cloud labs, then submit your ideas at https://ai.google/social-good – good luck!
83% of enterprise workloads will be in the cloud by 2020. How? API integration! Want to get started with cloud APIs? Qwiklabs can help. Take any of the labs below and you’ll get 10 Qwiklabs credits by November 21st (free of charge, no CC required).
- Introduce yourself to Google Cloud APIs and understand key principles of API communication, architecture and authentication.
For example, you’ll work with Cloud Storage API methods to inspect the Fitness API and monitor traffic levels, error rates and latencies in the Dashboard:
Then, you’ll work with authentication services with Google Cloud APIs. For example, to access user data, you’ll authenticate JSON/REST API by using OAuth 2.0 playground.
2. Got a picture of your pet? Analyze an image with the APIs Explorer: Qwik Start lab. You’ll create a Cloud Storage bucket, upload an image to the bucket. You can use an image of a good dog, Bailey (:
You’ll then call the Cloud Vision API to analyze the image. When you’re done, your request field will look similar to this:
Does it? Share your results @Qwiklabs.
3. How far have you memorized the value of pi? Put Google Cloud to the test. Create a cluster using Cloud Dataproc API and then run a Apache Spark job to calculate an approximate value of pi in that cluster.
Two workers aren’t enough for data intensive processes like these. Add 3 more workers to update the cluster with Dataproc API:
Have you verified the update? How many worker nodes do you see? Share your results @Qwiklabs.
Take the labs and don’t forget you’ll get 10 Qwiklabs credits (free of charge, no CC required).
It was a dark and stormy night. The power flickers, then goes out. Oh no, all of your servers in the next room are off! Your business is down until further notice!
Sound scary? We can help. Whether you’re moving from on-premise to the cloud or looking to build your cloud skills to make your next career move, learn how the public cloud can help you vanquish the monster in your closet with Google Cloud labs. And your Halloween treat? Click here to take the “happy Halloween” lab and you’ll get candy – wait – Qwiklabs credits (30 of them) – enough to take up to 10 labs free of charge. Hurry, offer ends at midnight (on November 2)!
Use those credits to get training on moving your business-critical apps from the server closet (it’s probably full of monsters after all) to Google Cloud. These labs will help you prepare for the move:
- Deploy an app that says “hello world and happy Halloween!” from the cloud with the App Engine: Qwik Start lab. This lab is part of the Baseline: Deploy & Develop quest. Enroll in the quest and get hands-on experience with the Google App Engine framework by launching Python, Ruby, and Java apps (just to name a few).
- Networking 101: Learn how GCP might differ from an on-premises setup. “Good explanation,” said one reviewer 2 days ago.
- Already using containers on-prem? Learn how to do it on the cloud with Google Container Engine. This lab earned seven 5-star reviews in the last 24 hours.
- The phrase “data loss” is almost as scary as meeting a werewolf in a creepy forest when you’re holding a rare hamburger. Learn how to use the Data Loss Prevention API to inspect a string of data for sensitive information and redact any that you find. The Data Loss Prevention API provides programmatic access to a powerful detection engine for personally identifiable information and other privacy-sensitive data in unstructured data streams. Try it with a lab.
- Uh-oh, your app has a bug in it. Learn how Stackdriver APM (Application Performance Management) can help you detect, track, and debug errors in your application with this lab. And mind the monster socks!
Remember that $1.2 trillion business value of AI? Just released, a new set of data science labs zoom in on Google Cloud’s data science and ML tools. Enroll in the Data Science on GCP: Machine Learning quest by Monday, November 15th and you’ll get 1 month pass to Qwiklabs (free of charge, no CC required). You’ll run machine learning jobs with state-of-the-art tools and real-world data sets.
There are over 8,500 Data Scientist jobs on LinkedIn. 68% of those jobs require machine learning expertise. As a data scientist, you will transform data to:
- Improve revenue, business agility, customer experience
- Reduce costs
- Development of new products and or product features
Don’t have these skills, or want to improve? You don’t need a PhD. Learn how to do all of these things and more with a lab. Here are some of the labs:
- Machine Learning with Spark on Google Cloud Dataproc lab: Analyze data using Spark with the PySpark interactive shell on the master node of the Cloud Dataproc cluster running on Google Cloud Datalab:
Then create and train a Spark Dataframe by importing, developing, saving and restoring a logistic regression model. You will then build data visualizations with Jupyter notebooks. In your model, does the on-time arrival probability rise with overall flight distance? Share your results @Qwiklabs!
2. Processing Time Windowed Data with Apache Beam and Cloud Dataflow (Java): You’ll configure Maven Apache using the starter project archetype for Cloud Dataflow projects:
Patience! This will take a few minutes to compile… When the build is successful, you should see something like this:
Finally! You’re ready to deploy a Java application to Apache Beam to create training and test data files.
If you are successful, you should see these files. Did you get it? Share your results! @Qwiklabs.
3. Bayes Classification with Cloud Datalab, Spark and Pig on Google Cloud Dataproc: Have you ever performed quantization of a data set? Here’s your chance. Use Dataproc, Datalab and Spark to perform quantization of a dataset to improve the accuracy of a data model. Then visualize your data with Jupyter notebooks and Apache Pig:
And don’t forget about part 1, the Data Science on GCP quest. Both quests cover the hands-on exercises described in Data Science on Google Cloud Platform book by Valliappa Lakshmanan (Lak).
G Suite has over 4 million customers today, and growing. Are you one of them? Get the most out of G Suite and Google Cloud’s powerful tools. Just released, the G Suite: Integrations quest features 8 new G Suite labs, each one designed to make you look smarter than the one before. Get G Suite training on advanced tools like integrating BigQuery and Google Slides for data visualization and building your own custom apps for Google Sheets.
Complete all 8 labs and add the new G Suite badge to your resume. And if you’re one of the first 100 people to enroll using this link, you will receive 50 Qwiklabs credits free of charge (enough to complete the quest). Enroll now.
Here’s some of what you’ll do:
- Use the Apps Script CLI, or clasp, to create and publish web apps and add-ons for products like Sheets, Docs, Forms, and Slides from the command line. In this lab you will learn to create, edit, and deploy Apps Script projects locally.
- Build a chatbot for Hangouts Chat. This one is “Attendance Bot” – you will learn to integrate it with a user’s vacation responder and meetings in Calendar. What kind of chatbot would improve your daily routine (and maybe lunchbreak)?
- Got a presentation coming up? Use Google Slides API as a Custom Presentation Tool. Learn to build a presentation using the Google Slides API and BigQuery to present an analysis of the most common software licenses. Take what you learn in the lab to your next presentation and knock your stakeholders’ socks off.
- More Big Data and Slides – learn how to leverage two Google developer platforms, G Suite and Google Cloud Platform (GCP), to collect, analyze and present data.
Good luck on your quest! And don’t forget to share your badge when you complete it – @Qwiklabs – after all, you earned it.
The business value of AI is projected to reach $1.2 trillion this year according to Gartner. Yet 40% of enterprise companies are not adopting AI. Why not?
3 simple reasons:
- Data Scientists are hard to find and hire. Want to become one? There’s a lab for that. Enroll in the Data Science on GCP quest by Friday, October 12th and you’ll get 40 credits (free of charge, no CC required). The labs in this quest are derived from the book Data Science on Google Cloud Platform.
- Data analysts with SQL skills (and other programming languages) are also rare. Get practice running SQL queries in the BigQuery console in the Introduction to SQL for BigQuery and Cloud SQL lab. Then experiment with SQL and ML in the Ingest data into the Cloud Using Google App Engine lab. You’ll run Python scripts to download, automatically fetch, and clean data using Google App Engine. You’ll also create a new application and deploy it to the Google App Engine:
Then use a Flask framework to ingest data and invoke it using cron:3. Infrastructure AI is resource-intensive, in terms of both staff, and compute power. Many on-prem setups simply cannot handle the demands of AI. You can learn to take advantage of Google Cloud’s compute power to run your advanced AI jobs. The Google Cloud Dataflow to process data lab shows you how to configure BigQuery and install Python packages to use Apache Beam:
Then you will monitor the progress of your Cloud Dataflow job and inspect the processed data:
Need more practice with the GCP infrastructure? Visualize data with Google Data Studio by running the query to get the IP address to connect to the Cloud SQL:
Then create table views to look at flights that are delayed by 10, 15, 20 minutes:
After connecting with the Data Studio, you’ll create a data visualization for flight delays:
Tackle the quest to practice ingestion, preparation, processing, querying, exploring and visualizing of data sets using GCP. When you earn the badge, let us know. You can find us at @Qwiklabs – and we’re always happy to hear about your accomplishments!
How do you learn something new? Do you read a book, watch a video, take a course? Maybe the right answer is poetry.
When you’re learning to use data science tools you need, well, big data to practice. And that’s where Shakespeare comes in. Billy S. wrote 37 plays, 154 sonnets and invented 1700 words (like eyeball, bedazzled, and arch-villain). His works are publicly available and perfect for data manipulation. With the help of Shakespeare, learn how data science tools like BigQuery and TensorFlow can help you take advantage of powerful Google Cloud machine learning technology. And for a limited time, use the links below and get 37 free Qwiklabs credits (as many credits as plays) to take the bard’s favorite labs.
– BigQuery: Qwik Start – Command Line: Storing and querying massive datasets can be expensive. Learn how Google Cloud can help you save, after all, “if money go before, all ways do lie open” (The Merry Wives of Windsor). Learn how to move your data into BigQuery and take advantage of the processing power of Google’s infrastructure.
– Big Data Analysis to Slide Presentation: Did you know that Shakespeare invented the word “manager”? Impress yours by learning how to gather and crunch your data, then generate a slide and spreadsheet presentation to blow away management and stakeholders with your breathtaking analytical capabilities and intelligent conclusions.
– Run a Big Data Text Processing Pipeline in Cloud Dataflow: Learn how to run a Dataflow pipeline that counts the occurrences of unique words in a text file. Not only will you learn how many times the word “alas” appears in King Lear, you’ll learn to use a powerful tool for developing and executing a wide range of data processing patterns including ETL, batch computation, and continuous computation.
– TensorFlow For Poets: Finally, while we don’t know if a rose by any other name smells as sweet, we can use TensorFlow to identify a rose among a floral lineup. Think about what else you could use this technology for – scanning for free parking spaces? Locating your company’s discarded scooters?
Have you heard of IIoT, Industrial Internet of Things? Enterprise companies are discovering and experimenting with IoT in industries from manufacturing to energy to automobiles. As companies recognize more consumer and industrial uses for IoT, demand for IoT expertise is rising.
Set yourself apart by earning the new Google Cloud IoT badge. Click the link below to enroll by Friday, October 12, and you will get a free 30-day pass to the entire Qwiklabs lab catalog, including the new IoT labs. Think you can earn the badge in 30 days?
You get 8 labs to help you learn about Google Cloud’s IoT Core service and its integration with other services like GCS, Dataprep, Stackdriver and Firestore. Use simulator code to mimic IoT devices, then use what you learn to implement the same streaming pipeline with real world IoT devices. Here’s some of what you will do:
Complete all 8 labs and add the IoT on Google Cloud badge to your resume. Good luck!