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Java development 2.0: Gaelyk for Google App Engine

Jan 06, 2010, 09:04 (0 Talkback[s])


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"This series explores aspects of technology that are shaping Java™ development now and in the future. The premise of Java development 2.0 is that development is happening at a more rapid pace, thanks to both a burst of innovation in the open source world and the commoditization of hardware. You can rent or borrow someone else's hardware platform to host your application (largely assembled from open source libraries, tools, and frameworks) at a fraction of the cost of acquiring and maintaining your own infrastructure.

"The first series installment, "Hello Google App Engine," examined the notion of borrowing Google's infrastructure to host your Java application for free, but at some cost in terms of flexibility. In subsequent articles, you learned the differences between App Engine and Amazon's EC2. Last month's column ("REST up with CouchDB and Groovy's RESTClient") surveyed an up-and-coming alternative to relational databases: CouchDB. CouchDB's lack of a schema and its document-oriented nature might have seemed new to you, but you already saw another schemaless datastore in action with Google App Engine.

"This article takes the series full circle, back to Google App Engine. The open source world has already jumped on the App Engine bandwagon, with frameworks starting to emerge that facilitate developing applications targeted for the platform. You'll see how an open source project called Gaelyk is making it even easier to build applications that leverage many of technologies the series has covered to this point."

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