Sunday, January 1, 2012

Alternate Paths: Google App Engine

Can a new programmer jump right in and program the cloud?  It could be.  Google does have good documentation and tutorials at their main page:

Google App Engine

There are currently three languages options offered: Go, Java, and Python.

I did a little by the Python path, and liked it.  I think Python is a better match than Java for a widely distributed cloud solution.  It's just so much lighter to interpret a page, rather than launch an object-oriented runtime. If you take the Python path, the "stack" is HTML, CSS, the Python language, the Django framework, and then the AppEngine API.

I haven't tried the Go Programming Language and won't comment on that option ... other than to say it is probably a fine language, but wouldn't yet have the market potential of Java or Python.

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