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Quick Start Kubernetes Paperback – January 15, 2021
If yes, this is the book for you...
Quick Start Kubernetes, brought to you by best-selling author Nigel Poulton, assumes zero prior experience and gets you to the point you can deploy and manage a simple app. And it does it in less than 100 pages!
- Why we have Kubernetes
- What Kubernetes is
- Where Kubernetes is going
- The fundamentals of Kubernetes architecture
You'll also perform the following hands-on tasks:
- Build a cluster
- containerize an app
- Deploy the app to Kubernetes
- Break the app and watch it self-heal
- Scale the app
- Perform a rolling update
Along the way, Nigel explains everything as clearly as possible and busts every piece of jargon.
When you're done, you'll be in love with Kubernetes and ready to use your skills in the real world.
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- ASIN : B08T46RBVG
- Publisher : Independently published (January 15, 2021)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 113 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8595126502
- Item Weight : 7.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 0.26 x 9.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #921,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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I bought this book last night from Amazon & LeanPub (cuz Nigel deserves to get paid) and finished it this morning and I feel like I’m in a better place to pick up my studies. This book will NOT give you all you need to understand and run K8s, but it will darn sure give you a good foundation.
If you’re looking for more ways to learn, his Pluralsight courses are the bees knees, but there are other great courses out there on other platforms like A Cloud Guru and Udemy.
Another plus that it focuses on declarative style k8s (with YAML) vs the imperative (with CLI commands).
I recently started training for CKA and CKAD and so much is being thrown at me with other courses and books that sometimes I get overloaded and struggle to see how things fit together. That's when I remembered that I bought this book. I came back and finished it in an evening and things make much more sense. I think Nigel's humor is a tad corny at times but he is great at making concepts stick. Maybe the corny humor is subconsciously getting the concept to stick in my brain?!
If k8s has you frustrated take a day or two to read through he book and work through these labs. You will come out of it feeling instantly gratified. If you've already mastered Deployments, Services, and ReplicaSets you are past the point of diminishing return for this book.
Nigel walks through creating a containerized app for understanding the process that gets us to the point of using Kubernetes to run an app. We then learn the concept of pods to know how we deploy our simple app into Kubernetes to see things in action.
Once the reader has been through the background & the basics, we learn about deployments and how the Kubernetes deployment controller uses these to monitor our cluster and meet our desired state for our new deployment.
With our deployment in place, Nigel jumps into self-healing to ensure that our deployments are always running as defined. Next up is a quick view into manually scaling our application up & down and seeing Kubernetes try to balance pods across nodes.
Finally, we wrap up the labs by performing a rolling update, updating our app to a new version, and watching Kubernetes do the magic of an upgrade for us with zero downtime.
Nigel then leaves us with some links to the next books & videos courses. These resources are excellent to follow up this guide, and they give a more in-depth understanding and details about Kubernetes. Each of them also guides the reader through more hands-on experience.
I think this was a great resource and completely worth the cost. I purchased this book as a proficient Kubernetes operator myself, intending to gain insight into how a Docker Captain and a very successful Kubernetes trainer can bring new people up to speed with this technology. I will use some of the simple concepts & methods in my training. I love this book so much that I will also gift a few copies to some folks. Excellent work as always, Nigel!
Top reviews from other countries
Once you have read this one, I would also recommend reading his "The Kubernetes book" book to improve on your Kubernetes knowledge.
My partner even read some of it and now understands some of what I talk about daily.
If you’re like me, you will want more after this.
Nigel wrote another great book that targets the curious and/or new comers into the wonderful (and vast) world of Kubernetes.
The title states "Quick Start" and the promise is kept, so if you are looking for in-depths explanations or examples, this book will not be the right one.
However, this book brings a full perspective of a "containerized application" lifecycle, from it's conception in the form of a container (thanks to Docker), to its deployment into a Kubernetes cluster.
While not a Kubernetes beginner, I really like to read books that cover the basics of certain technologies, like Kubernetes. See if my understanding is correct and how to others explain certain aspects of Kubernetes, what are their analogies and examples.
When the book does not go deep in technicalities, how the concepts are explained are key for us, the readers, to understand how everything mixes together.
This is for me the greatest strength of this book, this end-to-end overview that will let us see the big picture, and also test it.
I performed all exercises with the following setup
- Local: WSL2 and Docker Desktop for Windows with Kubernetes enabled (v1.19)
- Cloud: Linode with the setup recommended in the book (2x shared Linode 2GB) which cost me 0.26$ before I deleted the cluster once all the exercises where done
Nigel is someone I consider a mentor when it comes to containers and kubernetes technologies, and through this book I could "met him" again: 200% passion and (dare I say, British) humor.