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Host Your Web Site On The Cloud: Amazon Web Services Made Easy [Paperback]

Jeffrey Barr
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Book Description

22 Sep 2010

Host Your Web Site On The Cloud is the OFFICIAL step-by-step guide to this revolutionary approach to hosting and managing your websites and applications, authored by Amazon's very own Jeffrey Barr.

"Host Your Web Site in the Cloud" shows you just how easy it is to host your website in the cloud with Amazon Web Services. We'll show you how cloud computing can save time, money, and stress. The process of hosting & developing on the cloud has never been simpler!

This book will help you:

  • gain a thorough understanding of cloud computing
  • master the fundamentals of Amazon Web Services
  • transfer existing websites & applications to the cloud
  • install and configure visual and command line tools
  • store, retrieve, and distribute data quickly and easily
  • build applications that scale
  • manage the monitoring, load balancing, and scaling capabilities of cloud computing
As a developer, you need room & flexibility to be innovative. Why waste time worrying about the technical aspects of server capacity? AWS handles security, load balancing, and server resources virtually so you're not restricted to one physical server.

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  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: SITEPOINT (ACADEMIC); 1 edition (22 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980576830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980576832
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 18 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 241,260 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jeff Barr joined in 2002 when he relized it was destined to become the next great developer platform, and that he could help to make it so. In his role as the Amazon Web Services Senior Evangelist, Jeff speaks to developers at conferences and user groups all over the world. Before coming to Amazon, Jeff ran his own consulting practice and has held management and development positions at Microsoft, eByz, KnowNow, and Visix Software.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By Ian Howlett VINE VOICE
Maybe there isn't a great deal here that Amazon's own documentation doesn't cover, but this book puts it all together nicely and gives a compelling business case for cloud computing. If you want a good introductory book that is an easy read and will give you a good grounding to go and do further exploration I think this book very much succeeds.

As a developer who hasn't yet used cloud services, this book was a perfect introduction for me. There's some good sections on the general concepts of cloud computing, and what it can achieve. Given that the author works for Amazon, give him credit for also including information on what cloud computing *can't* achieve, and when it wouldn't be cost-effective. Some of the major services such as EC2 and S3 are gone into in detail, with some useful code examples and command line examples.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not stood the test of time 2 Mar 2014
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This book is a good starting point for those wishing to get into Amazon Web Services. I have been trying to get to grips through the getting started guides and documentation but have not been successful.

This lays out the basics of connecting to various AWS services, and introduces some of the key concepts and terminology.

While useful, this book is now a bit out of date, as the author firmly points you towards the 'CloudFusion' PHP framework to connect to the services, but this no longer exists thanks to the fact that Amazon's own SDKs are now updated. This makes the code examples in the book no more than pseudocode.

If you are comfortable reading basic code, and then sifting through the documentation to find the updated SDK calls then you should be fine, but if you're not up on your PHP or are looking for a step-by-step guide then this is not for you.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 20 Jan 2011
I downloaded this as an eBook to my iPad with the Kindle app and was not particularly impressed. Apart from a section on free applications to help view and monitor your instances, there is very little that is not covered in Amazon's very good online documentation. The final section, `Putting It All Together', gives very simple example PHP pages but no help with moving an existing site to the cloud. The title `Host Your Website . . .' is not supported by much useful information on moving your site, including moving your domain name.

All examples are based on PHP scripting and Apache servers on Linux. There is nothing about Windows Server IIS based websites.

The book would have been less disappointing if I had paid 5 but I paid 19.27 which it is definitely not worth. I cannot recommend this book and considering asking for my money back.
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should be titled "An Overview Amazon Web Services" 20 Mar 2011
By T. Miller - Published on
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I bought this book expecting to learn how to move my website into the cloud. I already had a vague understanding of Amazon's AWS, and was looking for a straightforward explanation of the best practices and methods for moving away from a standard hosting setup. However, this book provided NONE of that.

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.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book written on how to get started in the Amazon Cloud 1 Oct 2010
By Canard Pusher - Published on
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My teams in two companies have now built solutions that used AWS and the Amazon Cloud Solution including systems that serve users with millions of page-views and mobile solutions serving the US, Mexico, China, Taiwan, Korea, ....


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.
20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally! Clear & Simple Explanation of Moving to Cloud Web Hosting 27 Sep 2010
By Chris Smith - Published on
This is the "official" Amazon EC2 and S3 book, and it does a fantastic job of covering the basics.

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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Book on AWS 15 Nov 2010
By Todd Elliott - Published on
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I found this book to be a very good introduction into the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud Computing platform. I'll admit to be being a little bit overwhelmed by AWS' offerings; i.e., Cloudfront, S3, EC2, SimpleDB, SNS, SQS, etc. This book pretty much clears everything up about AWS in understandable and clear language. It gave me plenty of ideas of how and what I could accomplish in using AWS; i.e., a website, an application platform, private computing resources, and more...

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.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Starting standard, but not a "bible" like some say 13 Jan 2011
By Joeyvandijk - Published on
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This is definitely a good starter for developer to understand AWS-services. Too bad it is not updated with the latest offerings while I understand that the innovation speed is going fast.
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 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.
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