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We love AppEngine for many of the reasons which he gives. Because of its limitations, the platform makes you think and write code with proper design patterns in mind. If you just start to write code without thinking about it beforehand, yes you won't like AppEngine and it's not for you. It'll cost you LOTS of money and won't perform very well. On the other hand, by writing code designed for AppEngine we've been able to reduce our costs by several thousand $$ a month. Also a side benefit is that we migrated one of our IT roles to a development role, which means that we're able to iterate faster.

Granted we don't have a need for SSL and not being able to use C libraries in python has caused us many hours "pain", but compared to the alternative for a small company like we have, it's well worth it.

My biggest issue with AppEngine is that there's no full-text index functionality, and there's no way to create your own. We've tried everything, and nothing works if you have millions of documents like we have. Our search is still external to AppEngine but we're hoping that Google will do something about it sooner or later.




"Our search is still external to AppEngine but we're hoping that Google will do something about it sooner or later."

Certainly ironic for a Google platform to be so bad at search.




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