If you intend to use Amazon Web Services (AWS) for remote computing and storage, Python is an ideal programming language for developing applications and controlling your cloud-based infrastructure. This cookbook gets you started with more than two dozen recipes for using Python with AWS, based on the author’s boto library.
You’ll find detailed recipes for working with the S3 storage service as well as EC2, the service that lets you design and build cloud applications. Each recipe includes a code solution you can use immediately, along with a discussion of why and how the recipe works. You also get detailed advice for using boto with AWS and other cloud services.
This book’s recipes include methods to help you:
Launch instances on EC2, and keep track of them with tags
Associate an Elastic IP address with an instance
Restore a failed Elastic Block Store volume from a snapshot
Store and monitor your own custom metrics in CloudWatch
Create a bucket in S3 to contain your data objects
Mitch Garnaat is a software developer at Eucalyptus Systems where he is responsible for the development of tools to make it easier to create and manage cloud computing resources. Previously, as a Principal Engineer at Xerox PARC he was the co-inventor and lead developer of DocuShare, a web-based document management product from Xerox. He is the creator of boto, an open source Python library for cloud computing.
While it "covered" the titled material, it leaves a lot to be desired. The examples are thin. Expected better examples, explanation of boto, AWS, and Eucalyptus ( like what , where and how to set it up)
Definably not for the beginner
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
This book Python and AWS Cookbook was an awesome deal... I was new to Python and wanted to get up and running on Amazon and this little cookbook was the ticket. I was just looking for something that would give me some sample code to make sure I was on the right track (used other languages, new to python) and not only did this book do that but as a bonus it explained how to set up my development environment... very cool. I love cookbooks because it is always great to see how others code. I would recommend this book to others.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend