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Sorry to hi-jack the thread but I have a few AppEngine questions for you:

1) I don't understand their pricing scheme, does gamfeed use the free or the paid? (because currently I'm seeing 2 price lists: http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/billing.html and http://www.google.com/enterprise/cloud/appengine/pricing.htm...)

2) AppEngine Datastore: have you ever need to modify your model in a way you have to run a transaction over a large number of rows? If yes, would that hurt? (or, another case is if you had encountered a bug in your code that mistakenly recorded the wrong data thus you have to "clean them all").

3) I saw your code regarding code optimization, would that cause the code to become a bit brittle by not encapsulating the caching somehow? Like, spreading the cache at various level in your code.


1 - gramfeed is paid, http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/billing.html is correct, dont know what the other one is, i think that $9/month in minimun fee, i go past it anyway.

2 - datastore query is expensive but memcache works great, so cache frequently accessed data

3 - i make sure that whenever i put() any data, i immediately set Memcache, and before making any get() from datastore, I try get Memcache first, this should not cause issues.

Thank you for the reply!

My question for point #2 is in the line of the need to perform data migration actually.

Let's say you have a bug on your code in a way that the data stored currently are wrong and you need to fix them up by performing a batch update. Would that hurt you in terms of cost? How would you handle such situation?

Or let's just say that your user profile data model needs to be re-jiggered to support a new feature (adding columns, changing current columns, etc).

it depends on how big your data is, but every query operation, every fetch, every write operation it charged. http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/billing.html has details on how many read/write datastore API calls are made per operation. if u have to write in a new column for thousands of entries, then it will cost a bit, $0.10/100k operations, one re-write has 7 operations + incoming/outgoing bandwidth cost + instance usage cost will apply, it is hard to estimate actual cost.

Your other projects are impressive as well, are you a one man team for all of them? Also thanks for the insight, this info isn't commonly shared with other startups, I appreciate it.

yeah, one man team.

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