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Host Your Web Site In The Cloud: Amazon Web Services Made Easy: Amazon EC2 Made Easy Paperback – September 28, 2010
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About the Author
Jeff Barr is a long-time member of the Amazon Web Services team, where he holds the position of Senior Manager of Cloud Computing Solutions. In this role, Jeff watches large-scale industry and customer trends within the cloud computing space, seeking to understand the current state and future direction of the industry. Jeff joined Amazon in July of 2002 and has also held the positions of Senior Software Developer and Senior Web Services Evangelist.
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Since this book is written for newcomers to AWS (like myself), I'm hoping/pleading Amazon will push some basic updates to those of us with Kindle versions. I'm not asking for anything big, but as an example the often-included 'cloudfusion.class.php' is now 'sdk.class.php'. Can people find it on their own? Sure - if I did, anyone can :) But now that cloudfusion has been rolled into the official SDK, it'd be an easy fix for the author/publisher/Amazon to push that change to the Kindle version. I don't expect weekly updates - I get that the book will be outdated relatively quickly, and another edition will likely roll out - but since this book is aimed at relative newcomers and the fix is pretty painless to extend it's useful life, I'd just offer it up as a suggestion.
This doesn't distract from how good the book is - if you follow the examples you'll have a great understanding of how AWS works and how to utilize it by the time you are through.
And thanks to Amazon's (recently added) generous 'free tier', my EC2 micro instance is now up and running on AWS! So far, I have not encountered any charges, although this is with light usage on my part. With free utility computing resources at the AWS' free tier, you can actually try out most of the exercises in the book with no (or little) charge.
The CloudFusion exercises as used in the book are slightly 'outdated'; it is now the 'official' AWS SDK and is renamed as such. So, some slight changes may be needed in the code. (Is there an errata online for this book?) This book does assume some intermediate PHP knowledge. There is an overview on cloud computing itself and an overview on Amazon's array of cloud computing services, which I found it to be very useful.
Overall, a 5-star book.
Get this book if you want to learn more about each of the major components of AWS, and write PHP scripts to do simple operations. But do NOT get this book if you're looking for practical advice on how to host a web site on AWS. For example, there's no discussion about using SSL certificates within AWS, only a couple of paragraph about public IP's and directing your DNS entries to it, nothing about any considerations for Apache, Tomcat, Jetty, or other servers. The coverage is pretty much 98% all about how to do the very basic operations with AWS.
Summary: You can learn everything this book presents for free on the Amazon's AWS website. If you're looking to move an existing website to AWS, this book won't really give you any help unless you don't even know what AWS is.
I WISH I HAD HAD THIS BOOK FOR THE TEAM!
Amazon's documentation and support is excellent, but Jeff Barr has put it all together in a precise, complete, and well documented roadmap.
Have you been intimidated by cloud computing and hosting your solution in the cloud? Don't be. Jeff leads you through the process step by step.
The previous review is right on - you """don't (need) to be a VC funded Silicon Valley start-up, or a Top 1000 website to take advantage of the power, flexibility and cost savings found in cloud computing."""
Although not just anybody can do it (such as my 84 year old mother) Jeff has done an outstanding job making it easy. If you are a reasonably web-savy mid-level PHP familiar programmer (my mother is not) you'll be up and running building highly scalable cloud-based solutions in hours. It's easier than fixing pizza....
Oh -- and if you have multiple programmers running around and want to keep a copy of the book for yourself - buy more than one copy. Someone already borrowed mine which means it will be MIA for at least a month.
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