Programming Amazon EC2 (Google eBook)

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", Feb 11, 2011 - Computers - 186 pages
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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


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User Review  - pastryville - LibraryThing

A great introduction to using Amazon's Web Services. While the book is titled Amazon EC2, it does cover all of the amazon web services in functional detail. The included source code is easy to follow ... Read full review

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User Review  - Chris Hardekopf - Goodreads

Amazon offers a variety web services. This book offers a very good overview of how, exactly, you are supposed to actually use all of these services in real world application deployments. Read full review


Chapter 1 Introducing AWS
Chapter 2 Starting with EC2 RDS and S3CloudFront
Chapter 3 Growing with S3 ELB Auto Scaling and RDS
Chapter 4 Decoupling with SQS SimpleDB and SNS
Chapter 5 Managing the Inevitable Downtime
Chapter 6 Improving Your Uptime
Chapter 7 Managing Your Decoupled System
Chapter 8 And Now

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About the author (2011)

Jurg van Vliet graduated from the University of Amsterdam in Computer Science. After his internship with Philips Research, he worked for many web startups and media companies. Passionate about technology, he wrote for many years about it and its effects on society. He became interested in the cloud and started using AWS in 2007. After merging his former company, 2Yellows, with a research firm, he decided to start 9Apps, an AWS boutique that is an AWS solution provider and silver partner of Eucalyptus, together with Flavia. Give Jurg a scalability challenge, and he will not sleep until he solves it--and he will love you for it.

Flavia Paganelli has been developing software in different industries and languages for over 14 years, for companies like TomTom and Layar. She moved to The Netherlands with her cat after finishing an MSc in Computer Science at the University of Buenos Aires. A founder of 9Apps, Flavia loves to create easy-to-understand software that makes people's lives easier, like the Decaf EC2 smartphone app. When she is not building software, she is probably exercising her other passions, like acting or playing capoeira.

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