CCP555 - Cloud Computing for Programmers

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Subject Title
Cloud Computing for Programmers

Subject Description
This course builds on knowledge gained in previous courses and provides an overview of important software development, testing, and deployment practices in the cloud. The popularity of cloud computing platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, and others has changed the way that software developers write, test, and deploy their applications. Many new technologies, architectural patterns, tools, and best practices have evolved along with the capabilities of the cloud.  Through hands-on labs and real-world projects, students will explore modern approaches to building distributed, reliable, and scalable applications in the cloud.

Credit Status
1 Credit

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  1. Compare the major cloud service architectures (IaaS, PaaS, SaaS, Serverless) and select the best option for a particular client need
  2. Explain the role of revision control and repositories in the cloud development lifecycle
  3. Containerize applications in order to simplify, standardize, and secure deployments across development, test, and production environments
  4. Employ continuous integration (CI) and continuous deployment (CD) as a software development methodology to ensure software quality and enable automation
  5. Manage project security across various environments to secure applications and data
  6. Build applications suitable for scaling in the cloud to meet the needs of customers
  7. Implement a production-ready microservice to demonstrate service-oriented architectures as a cloud design pattern

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WEB422 or BTI425

Topic Outline

  • Introduction to Cloud Computing
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS). Examples of AWS services covered during the course includes:
  • Amazon Cognito
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
  • Amazon Elastic Container Registry (ECR)
  • Amazon Elastic Beanstalk (EB)
  • Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3)
  • Amazon DynamoDB
  • Amazon CloudWatch
  • Using the AWS Console, cli, and SDKs
  • Git and GitHub Fundamentals
  • Building Microservices with node.js
  • Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) and EC2
  • Unit and Integration Testing
  • Continuous Integration (CI) and Continuous Deployment (CD) with GitHub Actions
  • Working with Docker and Containers
  • Containerizing node.js apps and Authoring Dockerfiles
  • Building, Tagging, and Pushing Images to Container Registries (e.g., Docker Hub, ECR)
  • docker-compose and multi-container development and testing environments
  • Using Containers in CI/CD Pipelines
  • Running Containers on AWS
  • Continuous Deployment (CD) to AWS
  • Using AWS Managed Services for Serverless data back-ends
  • Storing and working with data blobs in S3
  • Storing and working with unstructured data in DynamoDB

Mode of Instruction
2 hour lecture
2 hour lab

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Reference Material

Required Supplies
Software: Web Browser, Unix Terminal (WSL, macOS, or Linux), Code Editor, Node.js, Docker Desktop, AWS CLIs and SDKs, various free and open source tools and utilities.
Hardware: Computer System capable of running a Unix Terminal (WSL, macOS, or Linux) and Docker; Internet Connectivity
Accounts (Free): AWS Academy Learn Lab, GitHub, Docker Hub

Student Progression and Promotion Policy

Grading Policy

A+90%  to  100%
A80%  to  89%
B+75%  to  79%
B70%  to  74%
C+65%  to  69%
C60%  to  64%
D+55%  to  59%
D50%  to  54%
F0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)

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Modes of Evaluation
Assignments - 60% (3 Assignments: 15% + 15% + 30%)
Weekly Labs - 40% (10 labs, 4% each)

Approved by: Kathy Dumanski