A few thoughts from my first test of Google App Engine.
My goal was to put up a prototype java web app for pushing email alerts based on RSS content (more to come on the full idea). Unfortunately, it took much longer than I expected to get things going (longer than my web app protoype took to write) – leaving me feeling a bit disappointed. On the up side, the app has been running quite well for about a week now.
- free for small tests
- includes java hosting (my host didn’t)
- nice that most things just worked (see below) – account, eclipse plugin, local test, deploy, running app, stats/logs
- promisses to be automatically scalable – very nice
- Built in access to Cron, Memcache, and even Big Table / MapReduce type services
- sandboxed java environment
- harder to debug – especially libraries which behave differently in sandbox
- logging – not as stupidly simple as it should have been out of the box
- had to roll back to more basic rss event library – due to lack of support for threading
- testing email alerts didn’t work locally – no way to configure in eclipse plugin
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