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Check out our GCE book. 50% off! :)
 
Want a great intro to Google Compute Engine? Our book is on sale today for half off! http://oreil.ly/1EbLCIx 
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Julia on GCE: working with files

This is the second part of the Julia on GCE series, which addresses how to pull in files from Google Cloud Storage and save your results straight from your Julia program or script.

Caution/teaser: code ahead

#JuliaLang   #GCE   #GCS   #GoogleCloudPlatform  
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Yay!
 
Compute Engine is now generally available! Run high-performance virtual machines in Google data centers. We're offering expanded operating system support, no downtime with live migration, cheaper pricing, and a whole lot more: http://goo.gl/QRmpaJ
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My video at PyCon APAC 2013 is finally up :)
Does Python dream of being unleashed? by Takashi Matsuo

This talk is about a new App Engine runtime named VM Runtime (VM-based backends in the video) that we’re currently developing. VM Runtime allows you to run your App Engine application on Google Compute Engine instances, so that your application will be free from App Engine’s sandbox.

Can you believe me? With VM Runtime, you’ll be able to use up to 52 GB of memory, use any C modules or Java classes, and even listen to arbitrary network ports, from within your App Engine applications.

Since we want to collect feedback from testers, we are running an Early Access Program for this feature. If you’re interested in, please sign up using the following form:
http://goo.gl/qbvDSL
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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

Today, I'm especially proud to be a part of the +Google Cloud Platform Developer Relations team, which is home to some amazing women engineers. Below, +Kathryn Hurley, a Developer Programs Engineer for GCE, interviews Hilary Mason of Bitly in the #WomenTechmakers series.

I've had fantastic role models over the course of my career thus far, who have encouraged me, provided guidance, and poked me with a stick when I wasn't putting in enough effort! They've stayed with me over the years, available for phone calls and responsive to my pleas for advice over email. I'm lucky to have them.

Who has inspired you to pursue your path in technology?

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Why Programming Knowledge is Important for Technical Writing

When we hire technical writers for Google, we look for a number of important qualities and one of the top qualities we like to see is familiarity with some programming language. It might seem like an unusual requirement for technical writing but the demand for technical writers with some programming background is overlooked. There is definitely demand and not enough supply. 

So why do we want our writers to understand and be able to read/write code? We don't expect writers to be writing software on a regular basis or to spend a ton of time trying to optimize some piece of code, but we do expect our writers to be able to coherently explain and demonstrate how an end developer may use one of our APIs or features. The only real way to do this is to approach a new API or feature like an external developer would -- getting your hands dirty and figuring out how to get started. Often times, getting your hands dirty requires writing code to interact with the API, perform some authentication, and run some methods. You'll probably also spend time reading code snippets from engineers or samples written by other people. A basic understanding of how programming works, knowing what libraries are and how to use them, and writing and calling functions, goes a long way. This isn't just applicable to Google. More and more tech companies are looking for great writers who can also write/read some code.

If you're a technical writer with great writing skills, it would definitely bolster your resume to have some programming knowledge as well. Taking an intro to programming class, or just taking some time to learn on your own can be extremely useful in the long run (and you might find that it's more fun than you expect! :))

If you're a technical writer who already has these skills and are a great writer, here's a plug for our open TW position. :)

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Julia on Google Compute Engine: part 1

This blog entry takes you through setting up and configuring your instance to run the Julia programming language, from either the Debian package, or compiling from scratch. It's the first in a series on using Julia with the +Google Cloud Platform. Let me know in the comments if you have any questions, or suggestions for future entries.

Happy data processing!

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Here's a short video I made that demonstrates how to create a Google Cloud SQL database and then shows how to use it from PHP pages running on Compute Engine and App Engine.

Getting Started with Google Cloud SQL
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A new "root access Berlin" video is out. This time Nacho tells us how to master the NoSQL beast, and more specifically, the AppEngine datastore.
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Here's a new video I created that demonstrates how to use Google Compute Engine's new load balancing feature.

Hands on with Load Balancing on Google Compute Engine

Take a look and see how easy it is to distribute your traffic across a cluster of web servers. 
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Developer Programs Engineer
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  • Google
    Developer Programs Engineer, present
  • Check Point Software
  • MedImmune
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Redwood City, CA
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Mountain View, CA - San Jose, CA - Ohio - Rancho Cucamonga, CA - Davis, CA
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Introduction
Kathryn Hurley is a Developer Programs Engineer for Compute Engine at Google. In this role, she helps developers learn how to use the Compute Engine API by writing sample code and creating demos, presenting at conferences, and creating screencasts. She recently keynoted at London Strata 2012 on "How to Think Like a Data Journalist".

In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, fashion, and playing the Lego series video games.
Bragging rights
Hiked to the top of Mount Whitney, keynoted at London Strata 2012, shook Nate Silver's hand, sat across a lunch table from Sergey Brin (accidentally, but still pretty cool!)
Education
  • University of San Francsico
  • UC Davis
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Kat Brisbin