Ben Finkel recently completed his “Google Cloud Storage: Qualified Developer” video training course. Featuring 12 videos, this training covers Google’s fast, binary storage solution, including topics such as access control, storage policy, and more. Ben also prepares learners to take the Google Qualified Cloud Storage Developer certification exam!
Here are some quick thoughts from Ben about the course:
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create?
Probably the Nuggets on Object Change Notification (OCN). I really like the way the each piece of the Google Cloud Platform integrates so easily into a cohesive solution. OCN is one of those really elegant connections between two pieces that just opens up so many cool possibilities.
Q: What roadblocks did you come across when creating this training and how did you overcome them?
Keeping the training up-to-date with the tools, not the documentation. Google moves at such a fast pace sometimes that their documentation can get outdated. This has been true in the Cloud Platform as well. Recognizing where Google Cloud Storage had moved beyond the written documentation and adjusting the Nuggets accordingly was pretty challenging.
Q: From a student-perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course?
As with each of the Google Cloud Platform courses, I wanted to make sure that the student could follow along and achieve all of the learning goals (including certification) without having to rely on any other course. Sort of like Voltron the Google Cloud Platform is formidable when it’s all taken together but each piece needs to be self-contained and self-sufficient as well.
Q: Any outside-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course?
Take your time and make sure to learn each Nugget topic before you move on. Google Cloud Storage is a little manic and flighty in regards to how many different technologies and types of technology it employs. Oddly enough, storage techniques are probably the least involved part of GCS since it abstracts out so much of that and takes it off the user’s plate.
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course?
Google Cloud Storage is a great static content repository. Any website or web application that plans to have a lot of static content such as pictures or audio or video can use GCS as the storage mechanism for those files. It’s inexpensive, scales efficiently, and has very low latency. Using GCS in this manner solves a lot of the problems that media-rich websites run into.
Ready to dive into Google Cloud Storage? Start watching this course now!