Application Development: eWEEK Labs Looks at Google App Engine

 
 
By Jeff Cogswell  |  Posted 2009-01-14
 
 
 

eWEEK Labs Looks at Google App Engine

By Jeff Cogswell

eWEEK Labs Looks at Google App Engine

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Giftag is an online social-networking site focused on the sharing of gift wishlists. This site is powered by Google App Engine and is a good demonstration of Google's Datastore database capabilities.

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The GAE SQL Designer is a nice Web-based SQL design tool that has some great potential. Although powered by Google App Engine, it also demonstrated good client-side, JavaScript design.

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The GAE SQL Designer even allows you to generate SQL in a variety of dialects and even save your work to the server.

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PackageTrackr is a site that can obtain tracking information from any of several sites. Once it has the information, it then displays the package's path on a map. This is a Google App Engine that also demonstrates integration with Google Maps.

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The MOMO "memo to self" application lets users keep their ideas and journal items safely stored away on the server. The application uses the Google account login and can even be run on an iPhone.

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"The Blografica application is a simple online drawing tool. Running under Google App Engine, it uses a great deal of JavaScript and even includes unlimited undo (at least I couldn't find a limit). It interfaces to Google account login and stores your drawings in the Datastore, letting you create a visual blog.

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