Talk: Introduction to Cloud Run

If you like my diagrams, you'll like this talk with 39 diagrams. Google Cloud Run is a managed container platform with a serverless pricing model (if a container is not handling requests, you're not paying). Coming out of the talk, you'll have a high-level understanding of what Cloud Run is, what the developer workflow looks like, and how to position the product next to other compute products on Google Cloud. There's a demo at the end that reinforces the concepts I cover in the talk. Optionally, people can stay after the demo to do a hands-on lab.


If you build, maintain or deploy web applications, this talk is for you. You might go by the title of a software engineer, a developer, system administrator, solution architect, or a cloud engineer. I cover the fundamentals in the talk and reinforce them with a hands-on demonstration: You’ll get value out of the talk whether you’re an aspiring, junior, or experienced developer. I don't assume experience with Google Cloud or Cloud Run - but a general notion of what a web application is and how you develop it is certainly helpful.


The talk is a presentation and a hands-on demo. I usually take questions as they come up (if they are relevant at that point), with a Q&A at the end to round up all questions. It takes me 45 minutes to one hour to run through the deck, depending on interactivity.

The talk is inspired by my work on the O'Reilly book I wrote about Cloud Run, and the 3-day official Cloud Run course I'm currently building for Google Cloud.


I've also developed an Instruqt lab that goes with the talk. Instruqt is an online learning platform that lets you practice with Google Cloud. I’ve prepared a set of challenges that become progressively harder. It’ll start out really friendly, you can just copy & paste snippets, but the further you get into the track, the less guidance I give you (it's almost like a game).

The lab takes roughly 30-40 minutes to complete and it further reinforces the concepts I cover in the talk and the demo.

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