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Distributed Systems: The Big Picture

by Prateek Parekh

This course will teach you the core concepts, terminologies, and technologies that make up a Distributed System.

What you'll learn

While it’s important to understand how a specific technology, language, or tool works, any real distributed application like Twitter or Facebook consists of several components with specific responsibilities which also work together. In this course, Distributed Systems: The Big Picture, you’ll learn a high level overview of Distributed systems. First, you’ll explore how Distributed systems differs from a traditional system and what problems they solve. Next, you’ll discover each of the fundamental parts of a Distributed system and why we need them in the first place. Finally, you’ll learn how to pull everything you have learned together to understand how a Distributed system operates as well as the challenges involved. When you’re finished with this course, you’ll have the skills and knowledge needed to evaluate if and when a Distributed System is the right fit for you.

About the author

Prateek is a software engineer that has been working on designing, developing, and testing enterprise as well as customer facing applications for companies like Zoom, Sun Microsystems, Oracle, and eBay. His interests include architecture, distributed systems, and security. He is passionate about technology and how it can help make learning fun, engaging, and widely accessible.

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