Google announced its AppEngine yesterday and I just had to take a look.
My initial impressions for this service are that it is going to be very good for rapid prototyping and creating toy applications. Paying for storage and IP space is something I do not do as I cannot be bothered to find a decent deal nor can I justify the cost for ideas that I find interesting for only a day or two.
AppEngine allows the one thing this generation is after — instant gratification.
AppEngine is far from complete at this stage though. I expect more Google APIs to be added, the ability to checkout code would be useful, and tracking code changes is needed especially as how it allows sharing and collaborate on projects.
The one hang-up I encountered was that the only language available is Python, and my experience in Python is nil. After porting my toy PHP page, Python can add another programmer that has taken the first step into its world.
Google may add other languages at a later date, but Python will likely have the tightest integration and best support.
I'm sure I am not the only person who will be learning a thing or three about Python due to AppEngine curiosity — for that, Python should give Google thanks.
Now cue the conversations about Google vendor lock-in and portability.
Video below demonstrates the basics of AppEngine.
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