New quest: Exploring APIs

This is Holly. She is a good dog, and according to the Cloud Vision API, she is a beagle. Test your pet’s background with a lab – cheaper than a DNA kit – with the new Exploring APIs quest. Enroll now and use code 1q-api-685 for 25 free Qwiklabs credits to start your quest. Hurry, code expires February 10, 2019. 

APIs allow you to access Google Cloud features and data from your own application. The labs in this quest will equip you to build complex scenarios to take advantage of GCP’s powerful compute tools. The APIs Explorer gives you a quick and easy way to create complex API calls, even if you don’t consider yourself an API expert. Here’s some of what you’ll do in the quest:

  • APIs Explorer: Qwik Start – You can use your pet’s photo in place of the provided image. Just make sure to change the name of the file (including the file extension) to demo-image.jpg. Floofs aside, imagine how this technology might be used in a retail warehouse to help packing robots find the product you ordered.
  • APIs Explorer: Compute Engine – Learn how to create a Compute Engine instance with Explorer, then monitor CPU usage with StackDriver. This Cloud Engineer role outside of Boston, paying up to $180k, is looking for someone who can help “configure (through automation) infrastructure and applications for high performance and highly available operation to meet business needs.” There’s an opportunity to use what you know about APIs to make a real business impact.
  • APIs Explorer: IoT – Want to get into IIoT in 2019? Start by creating a temperature telemetry stream in this lab.

Whether you’re identifying pet breeds or landing a new job, complete the quest and add the badge to your resume. Good luck!

Get started with Google Cloud APIs

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).

  1. 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).