About this Course

You will learn about challenges of building applications that can serve hundreds of thousands of users, and how you can prepare for them as a developer. And more importantly - you will learn how to harness the power of App Engine - Platform as a Service, run by Google, so you can focus on your application's features, not on managing infrastructure that runs your app. Let Google run and scale the infrastructure and do what you do best - write code!

However, to use App Engine effectively, you have to learn how it works, and this is exactly what this course will teach! You will also learn the best practices of using Cloud Endpoints that allow you to easily create API services and make them accessible to iOS, Android and Javascript clients. They allow you to automatically generate client libraries to make wiring up the frontend easy. And there are some nifty built-in features, like denial-of-service protection and OAuth 2.0 support.

Course Cost
Free
Timeline
Approx. 6 weeks
Skill Level
Advanced
Included in Course
  • Rich Learning Content

  • Interactive Quizzes

  • Taught by Industry Pros

  • Self-Paced Learning

  • Student Support Community

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Free Course

Developing Scalable Apps in Python

by Google

Enhance your skill set and boost your hirability through innovative, independent learning.

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Course Leads

  • Karl Krueger
    Karl Krueger

    Instructor

  • Gundega Dekena
    Gundega Dekena

    Instructor

  • Magnus Hyttsten
    Magnus Hyttsten

    Instructor

What You Will Learn

Lesson 1

Scalability Basics

  • How and why server racks were invented.
  • Problems that you have to solve if you scale your app by yourself.
  • Learn about a better way.
Lesson 1

Scalability Basics

  • How and why server racks were invented.
  • Problems that you have to solve if you scale your app by yourself.
  • Learn about a better way.
Lesson 2

Getting Started

  • Set up your first App Engine project and learn how to define Cloud Endpoints.
  • Start the course project app - Conference Central and add authentication and user profiles.
Lesson 2

Getting Started

  • Set up your first App Engine project and learn how to define Cloud Endpoints.
  • Start the course project app - Conference Central and add authentication and user profiles.
Lesson 3

Storing and Retrieving Data

  • One of the most important things you want to do in your app is storing data.
  • Learn about the Google App Engine Datastore and how you can use it in your applications.
  • Add the ability to store and retrieve user profiles and conferences to the course project app.
Lesson 3

Storing and Retrieving Data

  • One of the most important things you want to do in your app is storing data.
  • Learn about the Google App Engine Datastore and how you can use it in your applications.
  • Add the ability to store and retrieve user profiles and conferences to the course project app.
Lesson 4

Advanced Datastore Concepts

  • Learn more about how Datastore works, including queries, filters, indexes and transactions.
  • Add different ways to query conferences.
Lesson 4

Advanced Datastore Concepts

  • Learn more about how Datastore works, including queries, filters, indexes and transactions.
  • Add different ways to query conferences.
Lesson 5

Advanced App Engine Topics

  • Run application code in the background, without making the user wait, or even initiate the process.
  • Learn about task queues and cron jobs and how you can use them to add advanced functionality to your app.
  • Memcache, Edge Caching, AppStats and other methods of optimising your apps performance.
Lesson 5

Advanced App Engine Topics

  • Run application code in the background, without making the user wait, or even initiate the process.
  • Learn about task queues and cron jobs and how you can use them to add advanced functionality to your app.
  • Memcache, Edge Caching, AppStats and other methods of optimising your apps performance.

Prerequisites and Requirements

You should be fairly comfortable programming in Python, preferably with some experience developing web applications and working with databases for at least a year. You will be developing the backend of a sample app, so you don’t have to worry about HTML or JavaScript.

You should have sufficient permissions to install new software on your computer, and comfortable configuring it, including setting up system variables.

We will be using Maven and Eclipse for this course, and we strongly suggest that you use them as well.

See the Technology Requirements for using Udacity.

Why Take This Course

Cloud computing is one of the fastest growing fields right now. And no wonder - it provides an easy and affordable way to run your applications. However, the traditional way of hosting and scaling applications on Virtual Machines in the Cloud comes with a cost - even if the infrastructure is virtual, you still have to manage it - do load balancing, bring instances up and down, take care of patching your software and in general spend a lot of your time and resources on just the infrastructure.

Google is one of the pioneers in the business of scaling, and now you can use their infrastructure, and let them do all the scaling work so that you can focus on the unique features your app provides.

Are you a Java developer? If so, maybe you'd like to check out our Developing Scalable Apps with Java course.

Project

There will be an overarching project throughout the course, starting from Lesson 2. You will develop an application for organizing conferences, similar to sites like meetup.com or eventbrite.com. We have provided the frontend of the app, and all your effort will go into making the backend.

And because you will be using Cloud Endpoints, it’s really easy to hook up your backend with a native mobile app. We have created an Android app that uses the same backend as the web frontend. You will able to recompile it against your backend, if you so wish!

At the end of the course you will do a final project, where you will have to expand the functionality of the same app.

What do I get?
  • Instructor videos
  • Learn by doing exercises
  • Taught by industry professionals
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