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Learn, connect and share with Community Tutorials

November 9, 2017
Jim Travis

Technical Writing Manager

Google Cloud Platform (GCP) gives you options—so many that our technical writers can't possibly explain everything you can do, no matter how fast they type. Did you know you can deploy a Grails app to App Engine? Or use Matplotlib to visualize your Stackdriver Monitoring metrics for Cloud Bigtable? You'd probably never find tutorials like these in the official documentation, but you can find them in the Community Tutorials.

GCP's Community Tutorials are written by contributors, including Googlers, to share specialized knowledge about how to get stuff done on GCP. Anyone can contribute a tutorial to our GitHub repo. GCP staff reviews submissions and usually provides some editorial feedback and technical review. When your submission is approved, we publish the tutorial right to the GCP website.

We want you to use these tutorials as a resource, but we also want you to get excited about contributing. With Community Tutorials, you can:

  • Write and submit a new tutorial: just follow the tutorial (see what we did there?). 
  • Submit pull requests to improve existing tutorials: there's an Edit on GitHub link at the top of each page. 
  • File a bug: there's a Report an issue link at the top of each page. 
  • Give us ideas for new tutorials: request a tutorial on GitHub

Here's what's in it for you:

  • Spread awareness of your open source project by showing how it works on GCP. 
  • Build your street cred. Every tutorial you write that we publish contains a link to your GitHub profile. 
  • Share what you know. If you figured out how to do something hard, you can help others by saving them some time. 
  • Connect with Googlers. You can give feedback on tutorials they've written and get their feedback on yours. 
  • Sharpen up your writing skills. You'll get feedback from our technical writing staff. 
  • Earn the undying love and admiration of your peers in the GCP community. No explanation needed.

We launched Community Tutorials in beta in April, and already their numbers are starting to snowball: As of this writing, there are 104 Community Tutorials to choose from, with dozens more in the pipeline. We can't wait to see how you contribute!
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