Big Appengine news: Cron, Java, Firewalled Data, DB Import

Java Support: This was the first, and most popular request in the bug tracker. Followed closely by PHP support. Google has merged the simplicity of appengine with the robustness of java, and added it to their Eclipse plugin to boot.

Cron Support: The cron support works by calling a URL at a given interval. I'm not sure if cron jobs are also restricted by the timeout policy, hopefully they will be allowed to be longer.

Secure Data Connector: An exampled of this would be accessing data behind a corporate firewall. Might be a (good/bad) idea ;)

Bulk Uploader: Dump data into appengine from another database or a CSV file

I/O: AppEngine is open!

Appengine is no longer limited to the first 10,000 people or hackathon attendees. Anyone can set up an account but each account is still limited to 3 apps. Guess all those extra gmail accounts will come in handy eh?

AppEngine Pricing announced

These look pretty cheap for what you get, and if one of my little apps actually got popular enough to fall outside of the free range, I'd gladly pay for it

Free quota to get started: 500MB storage and enough CPU and bandwidth for about 5 million pageviews per month
$0.10 - $0.12 per CPU core-hour
$0.15 - $0.18 per GB-month of storage
$0.11 - $0.13 per GB outgoing bandwidth
$0.09 - $0.11 per GB incoming bandwidth

Google I/O started this morning, unhappy I am not there...

twitter2gTalk Goes Live!

Get your tweets onto Google Talk!

Twitter: A free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows users to send "updates" (or "tweets"; text-based posts, up to 140 characters long) to the Twitter website, via short message service (SMS), instant messaging, or a third-party application such as Twitterrific or Facebook.

gTalk: (Google Talk) is a Windows and web-based application for voice over internet (VOIP) and instant messaging, offered by Google.

twitter2gTalk: Takes your current tweet and sets it as your Google Talk status (away) message.

I've been toying with this for a while now. I really wanted to launch twitter2gTalk as a service that anyone could use. I had the backend code all done and was dragging my feet writing the django front-end. I went to a hackathon for Google AppEngine and converted most of the code to run on that. You need a Google Account to login, but then again, you need one to use gTalk anyway.

I hope some people will find this cool or useful (some people have been waiting for this and already signed up). Feel free to follow me or the app on twitter for feature updates or subscribe to this blog.