Let’s start with an confession; I’m not the most technologically gifted. When I started my Qwiklabs tutorial on Google Cloud Platform’s essential tools and services, I was nervous I wouldn’t be able to keep up with all the Cloud has to offer.
But there was no reason to worry. The Google Cloud Platform (GCP) Essentials quest requires no prerequisites or background knowledge in the field of cloud computation. (There’s a pop-up that asks for a code when you click the link – guess you’ll have to read to the end of the article to get it!) Everyone starts somewhere, and Qwiklabs is excited to help you take that first step. This series of hands-on labs offered in this beginner’s course are accessible, easy to navigate, and pretty fun to complete – no matter how novice a learner might be, you can finish the GCP Essentials quest and earn your first Google Cloud badge in one day!
First, an introduction to the Google Cloud Platform (GCP). Users are given plenty of time to learn the ins and outs of operating the platform’s console. A Tour of Qwiklabs and the Google Cloud Platform includes an introduction of basic features like Admin, Project Info, and Billing. It’s a stylish homebase for all your GCP learning. The heft of the learning is done in the Cloud Shell, which lets users work out any coding they’re learning in an easy-to-use (and easy to correct!) application.
Cloud Shell is a major help in learning how to Create a Virtual Machine. This lab lets you run a plethora of different operating systems (five different types of Linux alone!) as you create and deploy web servers. Grow confident in connecting your cloud with other external resources online, and stake a claim on their own corner of the internet with the Google Cloud Marketplace, which teaches our learners to build operating systems and databases of their own.
Need to review monitor how your virtual machine is running? Use Stackdriver! Google’s own CMS service makes it easy to sign up and view the performance of your work, as well as run diagnostics on anything that doesn’t seem quite right.
A 3-step guide for maximizing your impact in 2019:
Have an idea for how to use AI to help address society’s challenges.
Spend some time thinking about your idea and formulate a plan of action. Is your idea impactful? Feasible? Scalable?
Apply for Google.org’s AI for Good grant.
Google.org is still looking for 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. The deadline to apply is January 22.
Need some help getting started? Check out some of these resources:
Big data is one of the top growing career fields in tech right now (according to Dice, Forbes and others). Learning how to work with data in the cloud is easier than you think.
Challenge yourself! Start 2019 with a new Google Cloud badge. Set yourself a goal to complete the Data Engineering quest in 30 days. Use code 1q-30days-806 to get a free 30-day pass to Qwiklabs, and begin your challenge. EXTENDED to January 11 – enroll by Friday to get your free pass (:
Predict Taxi Fare with a BigQuery ML Forecasting Model – Taxi! Explore millions of New York City yellow taxi cab trips available in a BigQuery Public Dataset, create a ML model inside of BigQuery to predict the fare, and evaluate the performance of your model to make predictions.
Complete the quest and automatically receive another 30-days free – what quest will you take next? And don’t forget to add your new Google Cloud badge to your resume:
Good luck, and best wishes to you for a healthy and happy 2019!
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:
SQL was developed in the 1970s but don’t think it’s too old to learn new tricks. SQL remains themost 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:
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.
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.
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 January 12th (free of charge, no CC required).
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:
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.
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!
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!
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.