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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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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.
If you've been intimidated by cloud computing and hosting websites on the cloud, fear no longer! This book will walk you through everything you need to know to transition from dedicated servers or shared hosting accounts and into supper affordable cloud hosting where you can rent servers for just pennies per hour and instantly go from 1 server to 20 and then back to 1 as dictated by traffic.
If you're still leasing servers for hundreds of dollars a month each, if commissioning a new server takes days rather than minutes, if you pay through the nose for bandwidth, if your site or web applications can't handle sudden traffic spikes then this book is for you. You don't 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. Anybody can do it.
The point I found annoying was its markup (on the kindle it looked all as links but were none, bold annoys you when reading long text,etc) in combination with a technical way of explaining whats happening. I expected more a general introduction but mostly it was too much strict about what you needed to make it all work. Their was too little depth (for example some extra chapters about region syncing or other higher level tips/tricks) during the story.
I think with blogs and aws.amazon.com you will find as much info about AWS during the time you will read this book, but can be interesting to PHP developers that wanna make their API to use AWS in their services. I really missed the higher level chapters to complete the book more and justify its price.
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.
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I bought this book to help me move my website into Amazon Web Services. For starting fresh with the service it did help me find my way around and learn the jargon, but that was... Read morePublished on January 29, 2012 by C. Wiegman
The book is OK in that it is clear, well written, albeit very basic. I was able to follow the instructions and create a web site without any problem. Read morePublished on December 14, 2011 by Amazon Customer
The book provides two functions:
1) An overview of the AWS services. It does an excellent job of providing this overview. Read more
While Amazon's online documentation is some of the very best I have ever seen, the sheer breadth of features and capabilities makes it a challenge for first time users. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Amazon Customer
This is a great book! The only issue I had with it is its a bit to much info for a light read. I had to pick out the parts that only applied to what I need. Read morePublished on June 16, 2011 by Joseph W. Hall
I probably should have given this book one star, but I have found some crumbs of useful information in it. Read morePublished on April 8, 2011 by Book Guy
This book doesn't cover any advanced topics well. I haven't been able to use it to solve ANY of my issues. Read morePublished on March 1, 2011 by M. Anderson
Jeff's book is certainly a standard! Written by Amazon's evangelist for the PHP developers. I rate it with 4 out of 5 stars mainly because it's still based on an older PHP API and... Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by A. Diaz