Category Archives: Tips

App Engine Dev Tips #10 : Disable / Deleting an Application

You would tend to think that Deleting an Application should be a straight forward task via the Admin console but it is not and it shouldn’t be. One thing to keep in mind before you delete the application: Are you … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #9 : App Engine Services Configuration

App Engine provides applications with various services like XMPP and Mail Service. To use these services, you would typically understand the API and use that in your application. When you deploy your App Engine application that utilises any of these … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #8 : Scheduled Tasks (Cron Jobs)

App Engine provides a great feature in the form of Scheduled Tasks (Cron Jobs) to run your code at scheduled interval. For e.g. if you wanted to consolidate a report of certain data once a day, you could schedule a … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #7 : Datastore Tips

Here are a few tips to dealing with the Datastore: Persistence is important in your applications. Any application that is useful will eventually need some persistence or the other. So do not stay away from learning it. The GAE Datastore … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #6 : Understand Application Versions

App Engine makes it easy for you to have multiple versions of the same application in the cloud. This is a very handy feature and allows you to create a new version of your application that you can test without … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #5 : Make _ah/admin your friend

Before you deploy your application to the App Engine Cloud, it is important that you test out your application locally. The App Engine team has given you a nice tool that helps you to test out things locally to some … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #4 : Learn To Use rollback

Imagine a scenario like this: You have tested your application locally. All looks good. You click on Deploy To App Engine and begin the process of uploading the application. Suddenly, the network connection plays spoilsport and your update does not completely … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #3 : Use Application IDs judiciously

With each App Engine account that Google validates, it gives you 10 applications that you can create under that account. An example screenshot of the App Engine Admin console for my account is shown below: There is no way you … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #2 : Use a JDK and not a JRE

It is advisable to use a JDK and not a JRE in your development environment for App Engine applications. If you plan to use JSP (Java Server Pages) in your application, then you have to use the JDK. Often we … Continue reading

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App Engine Dev Tips #1 : Beware of Multiple Local Running Versions

App Engine provides a great development environment based on Eclipse to development and test out your application locally. Once everything looks good, you simply have to deploy the application into the cloud with one click. But often you find the … Continue reading

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