Google Cloud training for developers: Start your Quest

Developers, learn how Google Cloud Platform (GCP) can make your life easier with the latest online training from Qwiklabs. Enroll in the Developing Applications Quest and practice building and deploying apps on the Google Cloud Platform. This 7-lab Quest walks you through build and deploy scenarios using Node.js, Ruby, Python, and even ASP.Net Core Frameworks. When you complete the labs, you can use what you learned to run your own apps on GCP. And you can add the Developing Applications badge to your resume – a credential that confirms your “flight time” with the GCP Console.

GCP Online Training: Developing Applications on Google Cloud

Here’s some of what you’ll do:

Complete this Quest and use what you learned to use GCP for your next project. And don’t forget to take advantage of GCP’s free offerings to get you started qwikly!

New Quest: Earn your Scientific Data Processing badge

Where are you headed for Summer vacation? You might pack your flip flops and head to the beach, or you might dig your boots out of the closet and explore a new hiking route. Qwiklabs is dreaming of out-of-office experiences too, with a brand new Scientific Data Processing Quest full of labs designed to transport you from your desk, to the coast, to NYC, even to the tropics. There’s room for Google Cloud training in your carry-on!

Google Cloud Training: Scientific Data Processing Quest

The Scientific Data Processing Quest walks you through using the Google Cloud Platform (GCP) to tackle complex data analyses, with minimal IT know-how (and minimal cost!). Think training a machine learning model is outside your skillset? It’s not! There are 7 labs in this Quest and each one walks you through using basic GCP tools to process huge datasets, and return fascinating results.

Here’s some of what you’ll do:

  • Use BigQuery to process and correlate two extremely diverse datasets, weather and civil complaints in NYC. Can you think of other datasets you might want to correlate?

  • Use Google Cloud Dataflow to build a monthly vegetation growth index based on Landsat images. You’ll learn to use Google Cloud Dataflow, a framework that automatically distributes work to many machines. You will work with an agriculture use case, but you can apply your new skills across industries. Virtually trek through Reunion Island while you’re at it. (link to Lak’s post from Nov)

An image classifier consists of two parts: a feature extraction part that is many layers deep and a classifier part that is quite simple. In transfer learning, when you build a new model to classify your dataset, you reuse the feature extraction part from an already trained image classifier and re-train the classification part with your dataset. Since you don’t have to train the feature extraction part (which is the most complex part of the model), you can train the model far more quickly with fewer images and less computational resources.

– Lak Lakshmanan, Tech Lead, Data and ML Professional Services, Google Cloud

Don’t forget sunscreen!

Tweet @lak_gcp, the craftsman who built these labs, when you’re done and let us know what you think. Happy lab-taking!

Have you taken a qwiklab lately?

If you have taken a lab lately, you’ll notice new stuff in Qwiklabs. Here’s what’s new: 

Get to your labs faster with the new navigation menu at the top-left of your screen.

My Learning is your record of all the labs you’ve taken and all of the Quests you’ve begun (and completed!)

Qwiklabs "My Learning"

Your public profile is accessible here (only if you have enabled your profile – you don’t have to if you don’t want to!): 

Qwiklabs profile link location

How many credits do you have left? Check here for your credit count and keep track of your share groups. (Click your user pic at the top right, then My Account.) 

Notice that your credits are expiring? Don’t let them go to waste! Share them with friends and coworkers. 

Qwiklabs credit wallet

Log in, take a lab, and see what you think! 

3 ways to introduce yourself to Google Cloud (for free!)

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“The name is Cloud. Google Cloud.”

Getting to know a new technology can be intimidating. Maybe not as intimidating as meeting the world’s top secret agent, but still. And with 52% of enterprise companies in this Forbes contributor survey identifying themselves as “cloud first”, the pressure is on.

So what’s the best way for you to introduce yourself to the cloud? Here are three easy ways to start familiarizing yourself with Google Cloud. Even better, these resources are free of charge.

Are you ready for your Google Cloud introduction?

1. Google Cloud’s free trial

The fastest way to get started with GCP: new users are eligible for a $300 free trial. You can test-drive GCP with a new project, or try completing a Codelab or two.

2. Deep-dive webinars

Spend time with the experts! This webinar series offers five sessions, and you have two remaining opportunities to attend: 3/23 and 3/29.

You can make a whole day of it. Start at 10:00 PDT and learn how to take advantage of Google-grade security and industry-leading pricing and performance. Then at 1:00, see how to store petabytes of data with no upfront payment, no administrative costs, and no licensing fees. Finish the day with building several machine learning solutions. Or register for all of them!

Here’s the full course list:

Sessions are available today and 3/29, so claim your seat now! Click here to register.

3. Google Next ‘17 TFDA (too far, didn’t attend)

Help yourself to hours of product demos and announcements that happened at Next, whether or not you made it to San Francisco earlier this month. Here at Qwiklabs we are psyched to investigate how we can use Google Cloud Spanner, the first and only relational database service that is both strongly consistent and horizontally scalable. Click here for a demo.

Catch up on the latest with each day’s keynotes and breakout sessions. Start here with the highlights of day 1.

Next ’17: The Cloud Event of the Year

Next ‘17 is the most influential cloud event of the year, and it’s only 21 days away. Get up close and personal with Google cloud. Qwiklabs will be there – hope you can make it too!

Click here to register.

What do you want to get out of Next ‘17?

Next-ers will see keynotes from industry leaders, including Diane Greene and Sundar Pichai of Google.

Next '17 Keynote Speakers

In addition to the keynotes, you’ll get access to over 200 technical, strategic, and hands-on sessions on topics such as breakthrough machine learning, advanced analytics, modern application development, and every-level privacy and security. Review the full agenda and  customize your schedule.

Looking for insights on security, infrastructure, and enterprise migration? Get expert insights during sessions on topics such as:

Looking for something more developer-focused? You’ll find that too:

Next ’17 is a unique opportunity to network with your peers and thought leaders. This singular event brings experts and enthusiasts together to build the future of cloud.

Register now. See you there!

Notice something different about us?

We hope so! Over the last few months we’ve made a few changes to our website, and with the New Year we released the new Qwiklabs.com main page. 

Here are the new features you get:

  • Find what you’re looking for quickly and easily with the search tool at the top of the page. Simply type the AWS topic you’re interested in, and you’ll see all of the available AWS training resources in Qwiklabs. 

For example, are you curious about the new Amazon Aurora service announced at re:Invent? There’s a lab for that! 

  • Browse the catalog to see the full list of Quests and labs. 

  • Blocked account? Bummer, but it happens if you lose access to your email account. You can use the self-service unblock tool to recover your account. You can get to the unblock tool from the sign-in page (alternatively you can always shoot us an email at Support@qwiklabs.com and we’ll be happy to assist). 

Any credits you have purchased are unchanged. You can still use your credits in the Qwiklabs catalog. If you are a subscriber, your subscription has not changed. 

Check it out today – hope you like it!

An AWS challenge

How do you learn new skills? Do you read manuals? Watch videos? Listen to experts? Do you learn best by spending time in a “sandbox”? Or do you prefer getting tossed into the deep end with no floats? 

At Qwiklabs, we are passionate about hands-on learning. And we have something new for those of you who learn best jumping into the deep water of AWS environment setup and troubleshooting: the Challenge Lab.

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Labs at re:Invent 2016: GO!

The Hands-On Labs room is open! Find us in the Veronese room (close to the business center, if you’re following signs – across from the Lego display). We’re here all week. See our full schedule and highlights here.

Day 1 is the perfect time to set some goals:

  • Finish a Quest. There are 22 to choose from – may I suggest the newest Security on AWS Quest? Or, learn to build your own Alexa skill with the Alexa Skills Development Quest. Finish a Quest at re:Invent and claim your t-shirt – hurry, supplies are limited!
  • Qwiklabs t shirt
  • Challenge yourself! This year, a totally new type of lab challenges you to solve a problem. No steps, no hints, just your own smarts. Finish the Challenge Lab at re:Invent with 100% completion and claim your sticker! While supplies last. 
  • Qwiklabs Challenge Lab
What will you learn this week? Browse the catalog – something for everyone – and see you soon!

re:Invent Hands-On Labs room

re:Invent 2016: Ready, set…

For the fifth year, Qwiklabs is at re:Invent, bringing Hands-On Labs to you! We’ll open the doors tomorrow morning, bright and early. Even if you’re not at re:Invent, keep an eye out this week for ways you’ll be able to join the fun (:

Find Qwiklabs in the Hands-On Lab room, in the Venetian. Here’s our schedule, and why you should swing by:

  • We’re open Tuesday thru Friday, starting at 8 am. You can find our schedule (and highlights!) here: http://reinvent.qwiklabs.com/ 
  • Earn a badge at re:Invent and get your Qwiklabs t-shirt! Only for re:Invent badge-earners, you’ll look spiffy in your comfy new tee. Once you earn your badge, come see us in the waiting area and claim your reward, while supplies last. 
Qwiklabs shirt

New Quest: Security on AWS

A secure cloud environment is critical to doing business today. Prepare yourself (and your resume) to take on the security dragon with the newest Qwiklabs Quest: Security on AWS. Click here to enroll.

Security on AWS Quest badge

In this Quest, you will start by learning the basics of IAM and security-related tools like VPCs and the AWS Web Application Firewall (WAF). Then you’ll level-up to more advanced tools and use cases. This Quest is a great way to study up for the AWS Certified Security – Specialty exam (more on that tomorrow).

There are a total of six new labs in this Quest. If you’re an Advantage Subscriber, you already have unlimited access to the new labs (smart move!). If you’re not a subscriber, now might be a good time to consider signing up

Here’s all the new stuff (the Quest costs a total of 69 credits, or save with a US $55 subscription):