Archive for April, 2008

Google Apps Engine – a quick review

Posted on April 8, 2008, under general.

Yesterday Google launched AppEngine, a new hosting service for Python Applications, and having had a few hours to play with it – I’m finding it quite slick. It took about 10 minutes to go from nothing to a fully working first-application from the documentation, with the SDK making things very easy.

I’m going to to write some applications, for personal and work use, so I’ll get a better chance to review it in detail, but so far I’m very impressed – it does what it says on the tin.

From my immediate needs, the only thing that I’d like that is missing is support for scheduled tasks (run this python script in the same context, once an hour) – so that I can pre-generate some particularly burdensome output. Some other things would be nice, like the ability to act as a mail receiving gateway – not just sending e-mails, but that’s mostly useful for helpdesk, or e-commerce style apps, and there are workarounds.

I haven’t been this excited about a Google product in years, this is good stuff! Now, time to port my photo-blog :-)