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App Engine is an interesting start

April 12, 2008

So I looked at google’s App Engine today. Some thoughts:

  1. We need to know what it costs.
  2. Yay for WSGI.
  3. Yay for Apache 2 licensing.
  4. Let me deep-link to the code.
  5. Amazon provides more power. For example, queues.
  6. As others have said the lock-in risk needs some attention. I’m sure someone will solve it soon.
  7. I still don’t believe we’ll stop distributing entity relationships. They are useful. Facebook at least provides subselects. Amazon doesn’t.

All in all, if I were to launch some new web app today, I would probably still do that on Amazon S3/EC2.

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