Development, Work

"gcloud": Google Cloud Platform CLI for Power-Users

I tend to spend a lot of time in the command-line tools when working with the public cloud computing providers. It is fast, scriptable, and... strangely empowering.

Over the last year as a Product Manager on Google Cloud Platform, I have been thinking a lot about improving the developer experience. Obviously, one of the crucial parts of this experience is the command-line access to the cloud. To improve this experience, we have launched gcloud: a command-line tool for Google Cloud Platform, which enables developers to manage their Google Cloud-based resources in a consistent, uniform and efficient way.

I have captured the following video which showcases some of the power-use cases of gcloud that I am particularly excited about, and I think it may be worthwhile sharing. In particular, the video below features:

  • A single-line installation
  • Unified help
  • Command autocompletion
  • Remote resource autocompletion
  • Output formatting
  • Command chaining
  • Component management and updating
  • Access to the bleeding-edge commands, and so on.

The video is rather fast (apologies, but I wanted to keep it around 5 minutes), so you might want to pause it if you find something interesting.

Power use of gcloud: the CLI for Google Cloud Platform.

I hope you'll find it useful!

With that, I'm signing off from building next-generation cloud computing to building cheap, scrappy and accessible virtual reality.

Onwards and upwards, my friends!

 
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Development, Life, Work

Google I/O 2014: Cloud and Android

It's obvious that cloud and mobile worlds are converging. The majority of interesting mobile applications nowadays are powered by cloud, and new startups are springing up every day to fight for their niche in this transition. Check out HN in your spare time; chances are you'll notice some new cloud-based data storage, a new way to test your apps in the cloud, or a new way to develop mobile apps using cloud-based IDEs. The importance of this convergence has even started changing the direction of old timers like Microsoft.

About a month ago, I had the opportunity to talk about some of the work I've been doing as a Product Manager on Google Cloud Platform to bring together the mobile and cloud worlds at Google I/O 2014. If you're curious to see how you could make your apps more engaging and more interactive using cloud without having to write hundreds of lines of code, check out the video of our session below.

Finally, as an added bonus, here are a few inside pictures from I/O 14! We live in the times of fundamental changes in computing and moonshot ideas, and it was a truly humbling experience to get a glimpse of that together with 6,000 in-person attendees at Moscone Center and over a million people who were watching the I/O keynote online.

 
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