Code in the Cloud (Pragmatic Programmers) 1st Edition

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ISBN-13: 978-1934356630
ISBN-10: 1934356638
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Mark Chu-Carroll is a software engineer at Google. He's been working on programming languages and software development tools for close to 20 years. In his free time, he's the administrator/developer of, where writes the blog Good Math/Bad Math. You can visit his blog at


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Product Details

  • Series: Pragmatic Programmers
  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Pragmatic Bookshelf; 1 edition (May 2, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1934356638
  • ISBN-13: 978-1934356630
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,317,947 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Maksim Khrapov on June 30, 2011
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This book is not for experienced developers. It is not for inexperienced developers either. The only way I can rationalize this book is by imaging how the author is holding a hand of a very young child guiding him through the development of the child's first web page. It is really very frustrating. The writing is lucid and clear. Everything is covered. The book even has a chapter on CSS. The breadth of the book is very good, but the depth is so shallow, I can't help shaking my head. If you have been developing web apps for any length of time, you have nothing to learn from this book.

Often times I read reviews on Amazon about books that have great content, but are poorly produced. This book is the exact opposite. It is well produced, well written, but its content is worthless. I'm giving it 3 stars because I can't deny that there may be audience out there for this book - very very inexperienced developers just starting out. Maybe they will find it useful.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By GradualStudent on January 5, 2012
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This provides a basic introduction to the Google App Engine, in Python and Java. It roughly parallels the online tutorials on the the Google site, but develops a bit more in depth, and so I found it to be a useful complement working through the book over a week or so.

I liked this book for pretty much exactly the same reason a prior reviewer panned it -it provides intros to a number of basic languages and frameworks, such Python, CSS, Django, Java, AJAX. An advanced web developer should pretty quickly skim/skip those sections, and a basic developer (like me) would find them familiar and reinforcing.

The printed book leaves a few things out (e.g. import statements at the tops of the program files) so I needed to use the companion source code available online (rather than being able to skim the book and type the examples in myself to make sure I was really following step by step).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By catweazle on April 19, 2012
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If you are an expert programmer looking for a 1000+ page reference book covering all minutiae of Google's App Engine or cloud programming in general -- this is not it. The topic is too vast and the book is too short to be anything but a quick ride across the surface of the material. If you are a complete novice programmer, without any knowledge of Python or Java -- again, this is probably not what you are looking for. The book doesn't talk much about the syntax of Python or Java. And as a last warning, as another reviewer has already pointed out: The code does not consistently work as downloaded from the companion website. It takes a bit of debugging, but it's not really too difficult (and maybe a bit educational and rewarding) to get those issues straightened out.

But if you have just a bit of programming experience and are looking at Google App Engine, this book gives a great introduction. Distinctions between conventional programming and cloud programming are nicely described, and the whole book can be easily worked through in less than a week.

Where the book really shines is in the clarity of its narrative. Because it doesn't get hung up in detail and complete code listings, the thread that it follows remains always clearly visible. I enjoyed the read.
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