Using Google App Engine: Building Web Applications

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"O'Reilly Media, Inc.", May 7, 2009 - Computers - 262 pages
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Build exciting, scalable web applications quickly and confidently using Google App Engine and this book, even if you have little or no experience in programming or web development.

App Engine is perhaps the most appealing web technology to appear in the last year, providing an easy-to-use application framework with basic web tools. While Google's own tutorial assumes significant experience, Using Google App Engine will help anyone get started with this platform. By the end of this book, you'll know how to build complete, interactive applications and deploy them to the cloud using the same servers that power Google applications.

With this book, you will:

  • Get an overview of the technologies necessary to use Google App Engine
  • Learn how to use Python, HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), HTTP, and DataStore, App Engine's database
  • Grasp the technical aspects necessary to create sophisticated, dynamic web applications
  • Understand what's required to deploy your applications

Using Google App Engine is also an excellent resource for experienced programmers who want to acquire working knowledge of web technologies. Building web applications used to be for experts only, but with Google App Engine-and this book-anyone can create a dynamic web presence.


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Beware of the many negative reviews of this book. I get the impression that a lot of people want to show off how smart and knowledgeable they are by giving this book a poor review. This book is an excellent and well-rounded look at what GAE is and more or less how you would go about using it. Anybody who is unfamiliar with GAE will come away from this book with a detailed, concrete understanding of what it does and whether it is the right tool for the job.
You won't really learn how to actually create a GAE site, there are other books for that. The purpose of this book is to give anyone, beginners and veterans alike, a good understanding of where GAE fits into the web habitat. I believe it does that job quite well, thank you very much.


Chapter 1 Programming on the Web
Chapter 2 HTML and CSS
Chapter 3 Python
Chapter 4 Sending Data to Your Application
Chapter 5 The App Engine webapp Framework
Chapter 6 Templates
Chapter 7 Cookies and Sessions
Chapter 8 App Engine Datastore
Chapter 10 Running Your Application on the Google Infrastructure
Chapter 11 Memory Cache
Appendix A Installing and Running Google App Engine on Windows XP
Appendix B Installing and Running Google App Engine on Windows Vista
Appendix C Installing and Running Google App Engine on a Macintosh System
Appendix D Installing and Running Google App Engine on a Linux System

Chapter 9 JavaScript jQuery and AJAX

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