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1. Programming Amazon EC2: Survive your Success (2011)

If you plan to use Amazon Web Services to run applications in the cloud, the end-to-end approach in this book will save you needless trial and error. You’ll find practical guidelines for designing and building applications with Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) and a host of supporting AWS tools, with a focus on critical issues such as load balancing, monitoring, and automation.

How do you move an existing application to AWS, or design your application so that it scales effectively? How much storage will you require? Programming Amazon EC2 not only helps you get started, it will also keep you going once you’re successfully positioned in the cloud. This book is a must-read for application architects, developers, and administrators.

  • Determine your application’s lifecycle and identify the AWS tools you need
  • Learn how to build and run your application as part of the development process
  • Migrate simple web applications to the cloud with EC2, Amazon Simple Storage Service, and CloudFront content delivery
  • Meet traffic demand with EC2’s Auto Scaling and Elastic Load Balancing
  • Decouple your application using Simple Queue Service, Simple Notification Service, and other tools
  • Use the right tools to minimize downtime, improve uptime, and manage your decoupled system

“Jurg and Flavia have done a great job in this book building a practical guide on how to build real systems using AWS.”
–Werner Vogels, VP & CTO at Amazon.com

Author(s): Jurg van Vliet, Flavia Paganelli

2. Programming Amazon Web Services: S3, EC2, SQS, FPS, and SimpleDB (2008)

Book by Murty, James

Author(s): James Murty

3. Seven Databases in Seven Weeks: A Guide to Modern Databases and the NoSQL Movement (2018)

Data is getting bigger and more complex by the day, and so are your choices in handling it. Explore some of the most cutting-edge databases available – from traditional relational databases to newer NoSQL approaches – and make informed decisions about challenging data storage problems. This is the only comprehensive guide to the world of NoSQL databases, with in-depth practical and conceptual introductions to seven different technologies: Redis, Neo4J, CouchDB, MongoDB, HBase, Postgres, and DynamoDB. This second edition includes a new chapter on DynamoDB and updated content for each chapter.

While relational databases such as MySQL remain as relevant as ever, the alternative, NoSQL paradigm has opened up new horizons in performance and scalability and changed the way we approach data-centric problems. This book presents the essential concepts behind each database alongside hands-on examples that make each technology come alive.

With each database, tackle a real-world problem that highlights the concepts and features that make it shine. Along the way, explore five database models – relational, key/value, columnar, document, and graph – from the perspective of challenges faced by real applications. Learn how MongoDB and CouchDB are strikingly different, make your applications faster with Redis and more connected with Neo4J, build a cluster of HBase servers using cloud services such as Amazon’s Elastic MapReduce, and more. This new edition brings a brand new chapter on DynamoDB, updated code samples and exercises, and a more up-to-date account of each database’s feature set.

Whether you’re a programmer building the next big thing, a data scientist seeking solutions to thorny problems, or a technology enthusiast venturing into new territory, you will find something to inspire you in this book.

What You Need:

You’ll need a *nix shell (Mac OS or Linux preferred, Windows users will need Cygwin), Java 6 (or greater), and Ruby 1.8.7 (or greater). Each chapter will list the downloads required for that database.

Author(s): Luc Perkins, Eric Redmond

4. Host Your Web Site In The Cloud: Amazon Web Services Made Easy: Amazon EC2 Made Easy (2010)

Host Your Web Site On The Cloud is your step-by-step guide to this revolutionary approach to hosting and managing your web applications.

Cloud computing gives you the tools you need to prepare and cope with a traffic onslaught. You’ll have the confidence to withstand a traffic surge without melting your servers or sending you into bankruptcy.

There are a number of ways to use the cloud to host existing applications, build creative new ones, and improve the cost-effectiveness and efficiency or organizations large and small.

You’ll learn how to:

  • gain a thorough understanding of cloud computing
  • master the fundamentals of Amazon Web Services
  • install and configure visual and command line tools
  • store, retrieve, and distribute data quickly and easily
  • build applications that scale
  • manage the monitoring, load balancing, and scaling capabilities of cloud computing

As a developer, you need room & flexibility to be innovative. Why waste time worrying about the technical aspects of server capacity? AWS handles security, load balancing, and server resources virtually so you’re not restricted to one physical server.

Author(s): Jeff Barr

5. Amazon Web Services in Action (2015)

Summary

Amazon Web Services in Action introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud. The book will teach you about the most important services on AWS. You will also learn about best practices regarding automation, security, high availability, and scalability.

Purchase of the print book includes a free eBook in PDF, Kindle, and ePub formats from Manning Publications.

About the Technology

Physical data centers require lots of equipment and take time and resources to manage. If you need a data center, but don’t want to build your own, Amazon Web Services may be your solution. Whether you’re analyzing real-time data, building software as a service, or running an e-commerce site, AWS offers you a reliable cloud-based platform with services that scale. All services are controllable via an API which allows you to automate your infrastructure.

About the Book

Amazon Web Services in Action introduces you to computing, storing, and networking in the AWS cloud. The book will teach you about the most important services on AWS. You will also learn about best practices regarding security, high availability and scalability.You’ll start with a broad overview of cloud computing and AWS and learn how to spin-up servers manually and from the command line. You’ll learn how to automate your infrastructure by programmatically calling the AWS API to control every part of AWS. You will be introduced to the concept of Infrastructure as Code with the help of AWS CloudFormation.You will learn about different approaches to deploy applications on AWS. You’ll also learn how to secure your infrastructure by isolating networks, controlling traffic and managing access to AWS resources. Next, you’ll learn options and techniques for storing your data. You will experience how to integrate AWS services into your own applications by the use of SDKs. Finally, this book teaches you how to design for high availability, fault tolerance, and scalability.

What’s Inside

  • Overview of cloud concepts and patterns
  • Manage servers on EC2 for cost-effectiveness
  • Infrastructure automation with Infrastructure as Code (AWS CloudFormation)
  • Deploy applications on AWS
  • Store data on AWS: SQL, NoSQL, object storage and block storage
  • Integrate Amazon’s pre-built services
  • Architect highly available and fault tolerant systems

About the Reader

Written for developers and DevOps engineers moving distributed applications to the AWS platform.

About the Authors

Andreas Wittig and Michael Wittig are software engineers and consultants focused on AWS and web development.

Table of Contents

    PART 1 GETTING STARTED
  1. What is Amazon Web Services?
  2. A simple example: WordPress in five minutes
  3. PART 2 BUILDING VIRTUAL INFRASTRUCTURE WITH SERVERS AND NETWORKING
  4. Using virtual servers: EC2
  5. Programming your infrastructure: the command line, SDKs, and CloudFormation
  6. Automating deployment: CloudFormation, Elastic Beanstalk, and OpsWorks
  7. Securing your system: IAM, security groups, and VPC
  8. PART 3 STORING DATA IN THE CLOUD
  9. Storing your objects: S3 and Glacier
  10. Storing your data on hard drives: EBS and instance store
  11. Using a relational database service: RDS
  12. Programming for the NoSQL database service: DynamoDB
  13. PART 4 ARCHITECTING ON AWS
  14. Achieving high availability: availability zones, auto-scaling, and CloudWatch
  15. Decoupling your infrastructure: ELB and SQS
  16. Designing for fault-tolerance
  17. Scaling up and down: auto-scaling and CloudWatch

Author(s): Andreas Wittig, Michael Wittig

6. Amazon Web Services for Mobile Developers: Building Apps with AWS (2017)

A practical, real-world introduction to AWS tools and concepts

Amazon Web Services for Mobile Developers: Building Apps with AWS presents a professional view of cloud computing and AWS for experienced iOS/Android developers and technical/solution architects. Cloud computing is a rapidly expanding ecosystem, and working professionals need a practical resource to bring them up-to-date on tools that are rapidly becoming indispensable; this book helps expand your skill set by introducing you to AWS offerings that can make your job easier, with a focus on real-world application. Author and mobile applications developer Abhishek Mishra shows you how to create IAM accounts and try out some of the most popular services, including EC2, Lambda, Mobile Analytics, Device Farm, and more. You’ll build a chat application in both Swift (iOS) and Java (Andoid), running completely off AWS Infrastructure to explore SDK installation, Xcode, Cognito authentication, DynamoDB, Amazon SNA Notifications, and other useful tools. By actually using the tools as you learn about them, you develop a more intuitive understanding that feels less like a shift and more like a streamlined integration.

If you have prior experience with Swift or Java and a solid knowledge of web services, this book can help you quickly take your skills to the next level with a practical approach to learning that translates easily into real-world use.

  • Understand the key concepts of AWS as applied to both iOS and Android developers
  • Explore major AWS offerings for mobile developers, including DynamoDB, RDS, EC2, SNS, Cognito, and more
  • Learn what people are talking about when they use buzzwords like PaaS, IaaS, SaaS, and APaaS
  • Work through explanations by building apps that tie into the AWS ecosystem

Any job is easier with the right tools, and Amazon Web Services for Mobile Developers: Building Apps with AWS gets you acquainted with an ever-expanding toolkit for mobile app development.

Author(s): Abhishek Mishra

7. Programming Google App Engine with Python: Build and Run Scalable Python Apps on Google’s Infrastructure (2015)

This practical guide shows intermediate and advanced web and mobile app developers how to build highly scalable Python applications in the cloud with Google App Engine. The flagship of Google’s Cloud Platform, App Engine hosts your app on infrastructure that grows automatically with your traffic, minimizing up-front costs and accommodating unexpected visitors. You’ll learn hands-on how to perform common development tasks with App Engine services and development tools, including deployment and maintenance.

App Engine’s Python support includes a fast Python 2.7 interpreter, the standard library, and a Wsgi-based runtime environment. Choose from many popular web application frameworks, including Django and Flask.

  • Get a hands-on introduction to App Engine’s tools and features, using an example application
  • Simulate App Engine on your development machine with tools from Google Cloud Sdk
  • Structure your app into individually addressable modules, each with its own scaling configuration
  • Exploit the power of the scalable Cloud Datastore, using queries, transactions, and data modeling with the ndb library
  • Use Cloud Sql for standard relational databases with App Engine applications
  • Learn how to deploy, manage, and inspect your application on Google infrastructure

Author(s): Dan Sanderson

8. Expert Apache Cassandra Administration (2017)

Follow this handbook to build, configure, tune, and secure Apache Cassandra databases. Start with the installation of Cassandra and move on to the creation of a single instance, and then a cluster of Cassandra databases.
Cassandra is increasingly a key player in many big data environments, and this book shows you how to use Cassandra with Apache Spark, a popular big data processing framework. Also covered are day-to-day topics of importance such as the backup and recovery of Cassandra databases, using the right compression and compaction strategies, and loading and unloading data. 
Expert Apache Cassandra Administration provides numerous step-by-step examples starting with the basics of a Cassandra database, and going all the way through backup and recovery, performance optimization, and monitoring and securing the data. The book serves as an authoritative and comprehensive guide to the building and management of simple to complex Cassandra databases. The book:
  • Takes you through building a Cassandra database from installation of the software and creation of a single database, through to complex clusters and data centers
  • Provides numerous examples of actual commands in a real-life Cassandra environment that show how to confidently configure, manage, troubleshoot, and tune Cassandra databases
  • Shows how to use the Cassandra configuration properties to build a highly stable, available, and secure Cassandra database that always operates at peak efficiency
What You’ll Learn
  • Install the Cassandra software and create your first database
  • Understand the Cassandra data model, and the internal architecture of a Cassandra database
  • Create your own Cassandra cluster, step-by-step
  • Run a Cassandra cluster on Docker
  • Work with Apache Spark by connecting to a Cassandra database
  • Deploy Cassandra clusters in your data center, or on Amazon EC2 instances
  • Back up and restore mission-critical Cassandra databases
  • Monitor, troubleshoot, and tune production Cassandra databases, and cut your spending on resources such as memory, servers, and storage
Who This Book Is For
Database administrators, developers, and architects who are looking for an authoritative and comprehensive single volume for all their Cassandra administration needs. Also for administrators who are tasked with setting up and maintaining highly reliable and high-performing Cassandra databases. An excellent choice for big data administrators, database administrators, architects, and developers who use Cassandra as their key data store, to support high volume online transactions, or as a decentralized, elastic data store.

Author(s): Sam R. Alapati

9. AWS: Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2): Guide for Beginners. Easy to Understand (2017)

This book is an exploration of the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2). The first part of the book is a guide for you on what the Amazon EC2 is. This allow those who are not aware of what Ec2 is to learn more about it. The book then guides you on how to get started with Amazon EC2. If you are a user, you will learn the tasks that you have to do to begin using it. Of course, one begins by creating an Amazon Web Services (AWS) account. This book guides you on how to create your AWS account. Each account on AWS must belong to a security group. This defines how access is done. This book also guides you on how to create such a security group. The security groups are associated with accounts. You are guided on how to add your account to a particular security group. An identity and access management user is also good for an AWS account. This book guides you on the steps for creating one. After the second chapter, you will have learned how to setup your AWS EC2 account, and it will be working as you expected. The book then guides you on how to deploy a MEAN App to the Amazon EC2. In this chapter, you will be using theMongoDB. You will learn how to use it as DaaS, and how to install it and use it in your EC2 Instance. The book also guides you on how to run a Tableau Server on EC2 Instances. The following topics are discussed in this book: – What is Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud? – Account Setup in Amazon EC2 – Deployment of MEAN App to the Amazon EC2 – Running Tableau Server on EC2 Instances

Author(s): Nicholas Brown

10. Serverless Single Page Apps: Fast, Scalable, and Available (2016)

Don’t waste your time building an application server. See how to build low-cost, low-maintenance, highly available, serverless single page web applications that scale into the millions of users at the click of a button. Quickly build reliable, well-tested single page apps that stay up and running 24/7 using Amazon Web Services. Avoid messing around with middle-tier infrastructure and get right to the web app your customers want.

You don’t need to manage your own servers to build powerful web applications. This book will show you how to create a single page app that runs entirely on web services, scales to millions of users, and costs less per day than a cup of coffee.

Using a web browser, a prepared workspace, and your favorite editor, you’ll build a complete single page web application, step by step. Learn the fundamental technologies behind modern single page apps, and use web standards to create lean web applications that can take advantage of the newest technologies. Deploy your application quickly using Amazon S3. Use Amazon Cognito to connect with providers like Google and Facebook to manage user identities. Read and write user data directly from the browser using DynamoDB, and build your own scalable custom microservices with Amazon Lambda.

Whether you’ve never built a web application before or you’re a seasoned web developer who’s just looking for an alternative to complex server-side web frameworks, this book describes a simple approach to building serverless web applications that you can easily apply or adapt for your own projects.

What You Need:

To follow the tutorial in this book, you’ll need a computer with a web browser. You’ll also need a text editor and a git client. Building this web application will require some sort of development web server. You can use your own, or you can also use the one included with the tutorial’s prepared workspace. The included web server requires Ruby 2.0, although we also suggest few alternatives.

To get started quickly, you need a basic understanding of HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. If you’re new to these topics, you can get up to speed using links we’ll provide in the Introduction.

Author(s): Ben Rady

11. Programming Google App Engine with Java: Build & Run Scalable Java Applications on Google’s Infrastructure (2015)

This practical guide shows intermediate and advanced web and mobile app developers how to build highly scalable Java applications in the cloud with Google App Engine. The flagship of Google’s Cloud Platform, App Engine hosts your app on infrastructure that grows automatically with your traffic, minimizing up-front costs and accommodating unexpected visitors. You’ll learn hands-on how to perform common development tasks with App Engine services and development tools, including deployment and maintenance.

For Java applications, App Engine provides a J2EE standard servlet container with a complete Java 7 JVM and standard library. Because App Engine supports common Java API standards, your code stays clean and portable.

  • Get a hands-on introduction to App Engine’s tools and features, using an example application
  • Simulate App Engine on your development machine directly from Eclipse
  • Structure your app into individually addressable modules, each with its own scaling configuration
  • Exploit the power of the scalable Cloud Datastore, using queries, transactions, and data modeling with JPA
  • Use Cloud SQL for standard relational databases with App Engine applications
  • Learn how to deploy, manage, and inspect your application on Google infrastructure

Author(s): Dan Sanderson