Thursday, May 7, 2009

Google App Engine & Google Web Toolkit

Google App Engine and Google Web Toolkit each look really cool, at least on the surface. Lets see if they live up to the Google hype. I'm going to port an app that I did for a school project over to GAE and GWT, to see if technologies live up to the Gype.

First some background, I'm an experienced .NET C# Windows client developer, who has done a little web stuff, mostly ASP.NET, some classic ASP, a very small amount of JSP, Java servlets, JavaScript and HTML. I have about 15 years of Windows application development experience and I would say about 1 year of web development experience if as much.

Although I am firmly in the Microsoft .NET camp when it comes to Windows development, I am fairly agnostic when it comes to Web development. The project I'm converting is built on a LAMP (Linux, Apache, mySQL and PHP) stack, with enough JavaScript and PHP code to draw real world conclusions.

I don't really care that much about databases, so any thing that makes working with them less painful, I'm all over it. The Google object datastore in the App Engine seems to hold out some promise. I just hope my hopes aren't dashed.

Follow my blog to see how it goes.

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