Google Cloud Platform Gets Developer Enhancements

 
 
By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-08-08 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


The additions include improved support for working with directories in Google Cloud Storage—allowing developers to call functions such as opendir() or writedir() directly on Cloud Storage buckets, as well as support functions related to stat()-ing files, such as is_readable() and is_file(), wrote DeMichillie. Also new is the ability to write metadata to Cloud Storage files, as well as "substantial performance improvements through memcache-backed optimistic read caching," which improves the performance of applications that need to read frequently from the same Cloud Storage file, he wrote.

The enhancements arrive on the coattails of other recent improvements introduced for developers by Google.

In July, Google unveiled several new features in the Google Cloud Storage environment to make it easier for developers to manage, access and upload data into the cloud. Those new capabilities included automatic deletion policies, regional buckets and faster uploads as part of a wide range of services.

In June, Google unveiled a new Cloud Playground environment where developers can quickly try out ideas on a whim, without having to commit to setting up a local development environment that's safe for testing coding experiments outside of the production infrastructure. The Cloud Playground is slated as a place where application developers can try out all kinds of things, from sample code to viewing how production APIs will behave, in a safe, controlled place without having to manage the testing environment, according to Google. The new Cloud Playground is presently limited to supporting Python 2.7 App Engine apps.

The Cloud Playground is an open-source project that includes mimic, which is a regular Python App Engine app that serves as a development server; and bliss, which is a trivial browser-based code editor that lets users edit code in the mimic virtual file system, according to a June 24 post on The Google Cloud Platform Blog by Fred Sauer, a Google developer advocate.

Earlier in June, Google opened its Google Maps Engine API to developers so they can build consumer and business applications that incorporate the features and flexibility of Google Maps. By using the Maps API, developers can now use Google's cloud infrastructure to add their data on top of a Google Map and share that custom mash-up with consumers, employees or other users. The maps can then be shared internally by companies or organizations or be published on the Web.

Google also recently created a new Mobile Backend Starter that lets developers focus on building and selling their apps by automating the back end of apps development. The Mobile Backend Starter works with Google App Engine. The Mobile Backend Starter was first announced at the Google I/O 2013 Developers Conference, where it was the topic of the "From Nothing to Nirvana in Minutes: Cloud Backend for Your Android Application" presentation.

In January, Google announced that it was moving its Google Cloud Platform (GCP) over to the GitHub collaborative development environment to make it easier for software developers to contribute and continue the evolution of GCP. The GCP program has been growing since Google unveiled a new partner program in July 2012 to help business clients discover all of Google's available cloud services. GitHub is a rapidly growing collaborative software development platform for public and private code sharing and hosting.



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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