The Read Aloud Cloud - An Innocent's Guide to the Tech Inside

The Read Aloud Cloud - An Innocent's Guide to the Tech Inside

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What is "the cloud"? Is it here or there? Should it be allowed? Should I even care?

Have you ever imagined the internet as a giant Rube Goldberg machine? Or the fast-evolving cloud computing space as a literal jungle filled with prehistoric beasts? Does a data breach look like a neo-noir nightmare full of turned-up coat collars and rain-soaked alleys? Wouldn't all these vital concepts be easier to understand if they looked as interesting as they are? And wouldn't they be more memorable if we could explain them in rhyme? Whether you're a kid or an adult, the answer is: YES!

The medicine in this spoonful of sugar is a sneaky-informative tour through the past, present and future of cloud computing, from mainframes to serverless and from the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence. Forrest is a professional explainer whose highly-rated conference talks and viral cartoon graphics have been teaching engineers to cloud for years. He knows that a picture is worth a thousand words. But he has plenty of words, too.

Your hotel key, your boarding pass,
The card you swipe to pay for gas,
The smart TV atop the bar,
The entertainment in your car,
Your doorbell, toothbrush, thermostat,
The vacuum that attacked your cat,
They all connect the cloud and you.
Maybe they shouldn't, but they do.

As a graduation gift (call it "Oh the Places You'll Go" for engineering students), a cubicle conversation starter, or just a delightfully nerdy bedtime story for your kids, "The Read-Aloud Cloud" will be the definitive introduction to the technologies that everyone uses and nobody understands. You can even read it silently if you want. But good luck with that.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 176 pages
  • 194 x 243 x 10mm | 306g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1. Auflage
  • 1119677629
  • 9781119677628
  • 621,605

Back cover copy

Laugh and learn at the same time with this delightful collection of verses and illustrations about cloud computing

What is "the cloud?" If you're a non-techie, you probably have a vague idea. You might think it's where you store your smartphone photos or the place all of your streaming music and movies come from. Maybe you're picturing huge rooms filled with thousands of servers, complete with blinking lights and miles of cables. You're right. The cloud is all of this, and so much more. Everything from the Internet of Things to Artificial Intelligence needs the cloud. The cloud is everywhere. But what do you really know about the cloud? Have cloud computing pros tried to explain it to you, only to be met with blank stares? If so, The Read Aloud Cloud: An Innocent's Guide to the Tech Inside is the perfect book for you--and them!

Written by Forrest Brazeal, creator of the popular "FaaS and Furious" webcomic, this lighthearted book is a must-have for techies and non-techies alike. You will be entertained and educated by hilarious rhyming verses, full-color illustrations, and zany cartoons that explain the basics of cloud computing with tongue planted firmly in cheek. You'll learn about the history of cloud computing, the core building blocks of cloud architecture, cloud security, voice programming and automation, and much more. From the first page to the last, you will be laughing so much that you might forget you're actually learning something!
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Table of contents

Chapter 1: What is the Cloud

Visual language: minimalist. Cartoon characters on white background. Images are goofy and memorable, such as a Roomba chasing a cat Content: Covers the ubiquity of the cloud in real life (connected/smart home devices, online services, etc) and sets the tone for why we should care that a book is dedicated to this topic. Asks the big questions that will be answered throughout the text: What is the cloud? How does it work? Why should I care? Now that I know that, what should I do?

Chapter 2: Evolution of the Cloud (A Prehistory)

Visual language: This section will take place in a prehistoric jungle. Tangled vines, volcanoes, dinosaurs, etc. Content: Covers the background of computing, from mainframes through the client/server era up to virtualization

Chapter 3: The Internet: A Series of Tubes

Visual language: A steampunk mad scientist's laboratory, with lots of Rube Goldberg-esque tubes and gears Content: Covers the basics of how data gets from you to the cloud and back again, including remote servers, DNS, IP, etc.

Chapter 4: Cloud Architecture

Visual language: A construction job site. Bricks and mortar. Think Bob the Builder Content: Covers the core building blocks of cloud architecture. Cloud storage, databases, compute. High availability, scalability, and elasticity. Explains why these things are desirable and, in some cases, revolutionary.

Chapter 5: Cloud Security

Visual language: Noir (black and white, heavy shadows, stark silhouettes) Content: Covers some of the key risks associated with placing your data in the cloud, both personally and professionally. Uses a fictionalized breach to illustrate what can go wrong

Chapter 6: The Internet of Things

Visual language: Cubist, non-representational Content: Explains the Internet of Things, including why a smart device isn't always better (lower security, risk of it not being supported)

Chapter 7: Artificial Intelligence

Visual language: Used future. Think Blade Runner or Terminator. Red-eyed robots, smog, and neon Content: Covers some basics of how the cloud accelerates AI and machine learning through the centralization of data. Gives examples of when that's good and when it can be bad (for example, reinforcing conscious or unconscious biases)

Chapter 8: What Now?

Visual language: Minimalist (same as the opening section; ties everything together) Content: Looks ahead to the future of the cloud, particularly increasing levels of abstraction like serverless, voice programming, and automation. Strikes a hopeful tone and finishes by encouraging the reader to go out and build a better cloud.
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About F Brazeal

Forrest Brazeal has worked in the tech industry for more than a decade. He's installed software updates during a live cataract surgery and designed robots that perform machine learning on pizza, all while keeping his trademark sense of humor. In 2015, he began drawing a weekly webcomic about his life in the cloud which now reaches more than one hundred thousand regular readers. Forrest regularly interviews the biggest names in cloud computing through his "Think FaaS" podcast and his "Serverless Superheroes" blog series. An original AWS Serverless Hero, Forrest speaks regularly on business and technology at conferences, universities, and private events around the world.
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