A single hype is not enough to change the world. But multiple hypes together can
change it as long as they are part of a bigger trend.
This book discusses more than one hyped technology: cloud computing, NoSQL, and
HTML5. The technologies in this book combine well with other hyped technologies:
functional languages (Scala) and connected devices (iPhone, iPad, Android).
The Internet is changing the world. That is old news, yes, but because it’s old news, you
may easily overlook the Internet’s ongoing dynamics and influences. A good indicator that
you are missing the cybership is if you are still stuck on Spring and Hibernate. Frameworks
solving yesterday’s problems are blocking the way to handle tomorrow’s challenges.
The Google App Engine is a perfect fit with current Internet trends. Reading this
book gives you a head start with upcoming technologies. This Introduction describes
how both the App Engine and this book fit in the current trends.
In Essential App Engine, Adriaan de Jonge shows Java developers how to rapidly build complex, productionquality, performance-driven cloud applications with Google App Engine. Using a start-to-finish case study and extensive Java example code, De Jonge covers the entire lifecycle, from application design and data modeling through security, testing, and deployment.
De Jonge introduces breakthrough techniques for creating applications that respond within two seconds, even on cold startup, and allow server responses in hundreds of milliseconds or less throughout the rest of the session. He also demonstrates how to avoid common mistakes that can dramatically reduce cloud application performance and scalability. He thoroughly covers state-of-the-art user interface development and shows how to make the most of Google App Engine’s extensive set of APIs. Coverage includes
Setting up a development environment that makes it easy to continually address performance
Understanding the anatomy of a Google App Engine application
Making the right technical setup and design choices for each new application
Efficiently modeling data for App Engine’s NoSQL data storage
Recognizing when to avoid OR-mapping and pass datastore entities directly to HTML templates
Finding alternatives to frameworks and libraries that impair App Engine performance
Improving browser performance and reducing resource consumption via better use of HTML5 and CSS3
Taking advantage of key App Engine APIs: datastore, blobstore, mail, task scheduling, memory caching, URL retrieval, and messaging
Securing cloud-based Web applications with Google Accounts, OpenID, and OAuth
Improving your cloud development, quality assurance, and deployment processes
Targeting, marketing, and selling cloud solutions, from planning to payment handling