Google App Engine

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Google App Engine offers users the ability to build and host web applications on Google's infrastructure. Supercharge your app with services such as Task Queue, XMPP, and Cloud SQL. Manage your app with a simple, web-based dashboard allowing you to customize app performance.

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Google App Engine review by <span>Harun B.</span>
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What do you like best?

The engine uses the latest features and java interface for powering the program or the developer while providing the required ram requests so that the application can function with fewer issues. This is especially critical in the Beta phase.

What do you dislike?

There weren't many issues the company and myself conquered during the test phase. The main issues lied with the developer options which were not as advanced as we thought, as well as, the debugging tools which gave errors a few times during testing. We send crash reports to resolve these issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Although my company is currently not in use of the Google App Engine in the Cloud, the feature surely enhances the capabilities of the program by creating the instant availability for any user in the company.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The Google App Engine provides great tools to a company looking for a simple yet powerful tool to enhance their application U/I or program. It provides enough assistance to resolve most major issues that may occur during the testing phase. Backed by Googles power-house support system, the program can satisfy the needs of the developers and users.

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Google App Engine review by <span>Femina E.</span>
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What do you like best?

* First of all, Google's

* Stability and Scaling

* No Head Ache or person required to monitor site even on Heavy traffic.

* Speed and Suggestions

* Dashboards and renovated designs

* Multitasking and Memcache

* Documentation

What do you dislike?

* Datastore Query and Log System

* Sudden downtime and Task Queue Failures.

* Tickets raising & resolve - very slow and so many questions before checking details what we shared already.

* More Library and jars.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's best to trust for E-Commerce Business or any type of businesses. The way we handle matters and impacts our business. I strongly recommend going with GAE and GWT for all type of businesses. Even we do have Mobile Platforms. GAE is the best ..... in all ways. After migrated from AWS to GAE (Since 2012), we feel a peace in our business and growth :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

* E-Commerce

* Giant E-Shop Site with Huge number of valuable customers

* Low Price with huge services

* GAE - Ease our business and genuinely helping us

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Google App Engine review by <span>Melanie C.</span>
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What do you like best?

* First of all, Google's

* Stability and Scaling

* No Head Ache or person required to monitor site even on Heavy traffic.

* Speed and Suggestions

* Dashboards and renovated designs

* Multitasking and Memcache

* Documentation

What do you dislike?

* Datastore Query and Log System

* Sudden downtime and Task Queue Failures.

* Tickets raising & resolve - very slow and so many questions before checking details what we shared already.

* More Library and jars.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

* E-Commerce

* Giant E-Shop Site with Huge number of valuable customers

* Low Price with huge services

* GAE - Ease our business and genuinely helping us

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Google App Engine review by <span>Robert C.</span>
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What do you like best?

- Extremely low barrier to entry for a PaaS-like offering

- Low effort interoperation with Google Compute IaaS systems and services

- Hundreds of readily available service bindings available from Google and third parties

- Autoscaling (which can now be more finely tuned by an admin if desired)

- Easily customizable scaling options

- Integrates easily with Eclipse, InteliJ

- Well documented CLI's

- Admin console

What do you dislike?

- No ssh access / No systems level access (can be considered an acceptable limitation)

- Limited ability to manage VM and JVM specs/settings (this is getting better and better)

- No notion of file access (easy to work around but can be a little problematic if using third party code)

- Google-modified: JRE (which tends to lag quite a bit behind Oracle/OpenJDK), Log4J, and many others...

- Less portable application code due to modified libraries and proprietary access to services

Recommendations to others considering the product

Make sure to compare and contrast your PaaS/IaaS requirements with alternatives like Google Compute Engine, Amazon AWS, Pivotal CloudFoundary.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

** DISCLAIMER ** I haven't used nor recommended GAE with my current nor any of my previous employers. My employer does use Google Compute Services for dev/test environments, but not GAE specifically.

While I've used Google App Engine quite a bit over the last seven years, I've used it exclusively as a tool for low risk projects - simple web apps, prototyping, and low risk micro-services used as stopgaps.

It's very easy to work with, and the ecosystem is growing rapidly. In the last few years in fact, it's improved immensely, is starting to become a real contender for larger and more critical projects.

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Google App Engine review by <span>Leo S.</span>
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What do you like best?

It is very efficient, fast and cheap. GAE is a cool tool box that allow us to design amazing architecture that was almost impossible before.

I really like to use the GAE emulators, it allows the developer to use his machine to run and test the app in development.

What do you dislike?

It is very complex and has lots of tools and environments, there are a slow learning curve.. Each product is simple to use, but integrate them is not so easy and the products need a better documentation, examples and tutorials. The admin console is a little messy and hard to use.

Recommendations to others considering the product

GAE will change your life, it is simple (after you learn it), fast and cheap, but be careful, when you use the GAE, you will be tied with the Google for years, if you need to change your cloud provider, you will need to rewrite your system

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need to receive thousands of small messages per second from a mobile app, then I need to apply some security algorithms and consolidate the data.

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Google App Engine review by <span>Daniel Y.</span>
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What do you like best?

Google's use of webapp2 makes it very easy to develop in Python. The console is great and the native GoogleAppLauncher tool and development server are very easy to use. Google provides good documentation for the platform.

App Engine is nicely integrated to Google Apps so we can run company domain email and other features.

What do you dislike?

Google changes the native libraries and deprecates features regularly. While the pricing is fair, it's sometimes hard to understand the exact usage breakdown.

We're so embedded in App Engine specifics it may become difficult to move to another services like AWS.

Google's support is very limited for a small company like us. We rely heavily on StackOverflow to handle our support.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Be prepared to learn a lot of App Engine specific knowledge like GQL Google Query Language and other things like their TaskQueue.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We built a web application using the App Engine that leverages the High Replication Datastore. The PaaS model is great for us to pay as we go without much server overhead for down periods.

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