Google Releases App Engine 1.8.4, Hot on the Heels of Version 1.8.3
Less than a month after releasing App Engine 1.8.3, Google unveils another new version that aims to make it even easier for developers to use.Google has launched its second version update of the Google App Engine since August, with the latest release including a host of features that the company says will make it more flexible and simpler for developers to use for their applications. "Just a few weeks following our last release, we're back with Google App Engine 1.8.4," wrote Jessie Jiang, director of product management for Google's Cloud Platform, in a Sept. 9 post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog. "To make it even easier for developers to build and test their applications at scale, we're better aligning the development environment with the App Engine production environment. We're updating the development application server to perform more like the High Replication Datastore, so now it defaults to using an eventually consistent storage model." Also updated in the latest version is Google's support for Dynamic Web Projects in Eclipse to better support Google Cloud Endpoints and App Engine Backends, as well as fixes for several bugs, wrote Jiang. The latest GPE release is now available for download. More details about the changes and improvements in App Engine 1.8.4 are included in the project's release notes. One other important new feature is the ability of Google App Engine to handle differential snapshots of a Google Compute Engine persistent disk, so that only the most recently changed data is updated, wrote Jiang. That results in "significantly faster snapshot times with less Cloud Storage usage (meaning less cost to you). As a result, you can take snapshots more regularly and have better protection for critical data."
In addition, Google has added the recently announced capabilities for Google Compute Engine load balancing to the Cloud Console, making it easier for developers to administer their load balancing, wrote Jiang.