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New Course: Google Cloud SQL

There’s now an easier way to work with relational database management systems: Google Cloud SQL! Get up to speed on this exciting Google Cloud Platform tool by watching trainer Ben Finkel’s recently completed course, “Google Cloud SQL: Qualified Developer.” His course covers topics such as Google Cloud SQL instances, exporting and importing data, and much more. email-blog (19)

Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create?
Making the Nugget on the REST API was probably my favorite.  It’s a neat topic and reasonably complicated due to having to explain the “OAuth 2.0 Dance”  Plus, it’s a really unique feature to Google’s product.

Q: What roadblocks did you come across when creating this training and how did you overcome them?
Assuming having a baby doesn’t count (he and his wife recently welcomed a new daughter), there were some technical issues with the client libraries for Python that I struggled with. It required a number of fairly “low-level” environment hacks to my Macintosh OS system to get the library installed and running properly.

Q: From a student perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
I tried to remember that the students may not be familiar with the SQL language and databases in general. Even if they are database-savvy, No-SQL is such a popular alternative now, that they may still not be familiar with the intricacies of a traditional RDBMS (relational database management system).

Q: Any outside-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course?

Same as ever: Follow along with the demo Nuggets!  I’ll be posting step-by-step guides to go with those Nuggets soon, so it should be even easier and more valuable for the students to exercise their keyboards and get hands-on experience.

Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training?

How fast, easy, and inexpensive it is to get a MySQL database up and running in Google’s cloud. The old days of having a team of database administrators monitoring a large server farm are being replaced with cloud solutions like this.

Q:What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?

Setting up a quick Python web-server and using Google Cloud SQL as the back-end database should be a breeze once they’ve finished the course. I may even go and do that now, just for some fun!

 Ready to join the fun? Start watching this course now!


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