Finally! Google’s App Engine service has finally embraced Java’s programming language. The most requested feature for App Engine since its exception, Java support is currently in “testing mode,” although Google eventually plans on bringing GAE’s Java tools up to speed with its current Python support.
As Google’s service for hosting scalable and flexible web applications, App Engine is synonymous with cloud computing for Google. Java is one of the most frequently-used languages for coding applications on the web, and by adding Java Google is filling a major break in its cloud services plan. Also by adding Java, Google is catching up with one if its fiercest competitors in cloud computing, Amazon. Amazon’s Web Services platform has provided support for Java virtual machines for some time now.
In addition, Java support also allows for the possibility of making App Engine a means of running applications for Google’s Android mobile platform. Although no plans for Google’s Android GAW apps have not been outlined as of yet, it appears as if Google is preparing for an effortless and quick way to develop for Android, as Java is available on the device as well as the server.
Those wishing to play around with Google App Engine’s new Java support can add their name to the list on the sign up page; the first 10,000 developers will be rewarded with a spot in the testing group.
Along with Java support, the latest update for Google App Engine includes support for cron jobs which enables programmers to easily schedule recurring tasks such as weekly reports. The Secure Data Connector is another new feature; the Secure Data Connector lets Google App Engine access data behind a firewall. Thirdly, there is a new database import tool; the database import too makes it easier to transport large amounts of data into App Engine.
In summary, by embracing the programming language of Java, Google is filling a gap in its cloud services plan and catching up with competitors like Amazon. For more information on Google Apps, please visit Nubifer.com.