Google wants its growing group of Google Cloud Platform developers to continue to expand their skills with its products, so it's taking some helpful training sessions on the road to teach developers where they work and live.
The North American Developer Roadshow was announced by Greg DeMichillie, the director of product management for the Google Cloud Platform, in a June 30 post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog.
"Starting on July 21, Google Cloud Platform developers and engineers are visiting 11 cities across North America, providing a technical, demo-based introduction to Google Cloud Platform," wrote DeMichillie. "In addition to this technical introduction, the roadshow provides a great opportunity for you to meet the Googlers who build the services you know and love."
Among the lessons and concepts to be shared in the sessions is information about how the Google Cloud Platform is offering new ways for developers to run their applications in the cloud, including supporting new models of cloud computing such as Managed VMs that blur the lines between platform-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service, wrote DeMichillie. "We'll demonstrate new features and use cases of our big data platform."
Also to be featured is a case study about how Google built a world-class mobile application integrating Cloud Platform services with load balancing and replica pools, he wrote.
The 11 roadshow sessions on this tour will be held July 21 in Los Angeles, Calif.; July 23 in San Francisco, Calif.; July 30 in Seattle, Wash.; July 31 in Vancouver, British Columbia; Aug. 5 in New York City; Aug. 7 in Cambridge, Mass.; Aug. 12 in Toronto; August 12 in Boulder, Colo.; Aug. 14 in Austin, Texas; Aug. 19 in Atlanta; and Aug. 22 in Chicago.
Google's Cloud Platform is often the subject of new services and tweaking as it is refined for users and developers. In June 2014, Google unveiled a raft of new tools and services for the Cloud Platform that are aimed at helping with data handling, application development and more. The additions, which were announced at the Google I/O 2014 developers conference, included a successor to MapReduce, new cloud diagnostic tools, easier App Engine integration for mobile apps and a new cloud debugger.
Earlier in June, Google announced that it is experimenting with a new method to drastically speed up the transfer of large data sets on the company's cloud storage platform. The process, called Online Cloud Import for Google Cloud Storage, is in limited preview mode for selected customers to use and test as the system is refined. Interested customers can sign up to participate in the limited preview. Users can configure their desired synchronization by employing a set of advanced filters based on file-creation dates, file name filters and the times of day they prefer to import data. Once the data is synchronized, users will receive an email notification with complete details about the process.
In April, Google announced the availability of its Google Cloud Platform services to the Asia-Pacific region as it moves to expand the reach of its cloud services to more developers around the world. The new service availability means that the Google Cloud Platform Website and the developer console will also be available in Japanese and Traditional Chinese.
Earlier in April, Google unveiled new lower pricing for Google Cloud Platform customers through "Sustained Use Discounts" that the company made available to users who run large projects on virtual machines. Under the new pricing scheme, users will save more as they use more virtual machines in the Google Cloud.
In March, the company introduced a new Google APIs Client Library for .NET and improved documentation for using third-party Puppet, Chef, Salt and Ansible configuration-management tools, according to an eWEEK report. The new Google APIs Client Library for .NET is an open-source effort, hosted at NuGet, that lets developers building on the Microsoft .NET Framework integrate their desktop or Windows Phone applications with Google's services. The library includes more than 50 Google APIs for Windows developers.