Blyth Institute director Jonathan Bartlett’s latest book, Building Scalable PHP Web Applications Using the Cloud, was just released by Apress this week. The book is an intro-level tutorial to help programmers get their arms (and code) around cloud technology from a variety of vendors.
The book walks the user through a variety of tasks in cloud computing from the basics, such as how to get your first cloud computer up and running, to the advanced, such as how to architect your system and application to maximize scalability. The book gives a tour through setting up various components. It has chapters on system administration, creating cloned systems, configuring a local caching system, database master/replica setups, infinitely scalable disk storage, security, and writing the PHP code to connect to these different services.
Additionally, the book contains tutorials on several popular cloud vendors, including Linode, Amazon Web Services, and the Google Cloud Platform. Each section gives step-by-step instructions on how to get up and running, as well as discussions of alternate configurations and their pros and cons.
While the book uses PHP as the implementation language, the concepts in the book apply to nearly any programming language you would use. The book is available in both print and digital formats, and can be purchased either from the publisher or from Amazon.