cloud computing

KiraDb lightweight open-source noSQL-style database Java API

March 4, 2013
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KiraDb lightweight open-source noSQL-style database Java API

My good friend Mark Petrovic and I are releasing KiraDB on gitub as an open-source project. KiraDB is a Java API implementing a persistent datastore for stand-alone applications. The design goal of KiraDB is to be lightweight and easy to use, while still providing a reasonably powerful set of core features. The basic features include put/get…

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Wow am I happy now that I didn’t deploy serious apps on Google App Engine

September 13, 2011
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First released in 2008, Google App Engine (GAE or AppEngine) was Google’s first attempt to compete with Amazon Web Services in providing cloud computing platform services for developers. In earlier posts, I took some heat for concluding that Google App Engine was not ready for “serious” applications, even when it was “free”. Recently, Google announced shocking new pricing…

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Still searching for a decent domain registrar – Mydomain.com and 1and1.com both suck in their own ways

December 30, 2010
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Out of habit as much as anything, I had been using Mydomain.com for years for all my domains (I have dozens – don’t ask). They offer a decent set of features for the money, including email forwarding and DNS management. I have had various issues and outages over time with them and have been frustrated…

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Litetext for rendering text into a bitmap on Google App Engine Java

October 26, 2009
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While developing Quick Bit Notes, I realized that the Google App Engine “sandbox” for Java doesn’t support AWT or other graphics Java classes, so I put together a simple “old-school” text rendering class that’s compatible with App Engine, called litetext. This small package (less than 1000 lines of Java code) was developed to provide a…

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Twitmart ported OFF of Google App Engine

October 16, 2009
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I discussed a few weeks ago how I had ported the Twitmart.org site to Google App Engine for Java as an experiment.  This was an excellent learning experience.  Unfortunately, the performance on App Engine was simply unacceptable, so now the site is back off of App Engine and running on one of my own servers…

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Experimenting with Google AppEngine for Java

October 1, 2009
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A while back, I noted that Google had announced that they would be supporting Java on their AppEngine cloud computing platform. I finally got around to working on a significant AppEngine for Java project (something beyond “hello world” or the demo “Guestbook” app). Working with my friend and colleague, and serious Java guru, Mark Petrovic…

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Clouds forming?

September 3, 2009
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I couldn’t resist. Sorry about that.  From Dave Rosenberg Cloud interoperability on the horizon? I spent the first half of this week in Las Vegas at a nontech trade show, and missed both VMworld and the Red Hat Summit. However, watching and reading from afar, I noticed two major themes in discussion around both cloud…

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Google App Engine adds Cron and Java

April 8, 2009
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Google today announced that they will be supporting Java on their GAE cloud computing platform.  I signed up for the beta, but don’t know when/if I’ll be approved. I also saw that the platform also now includes a cron mechanism to run scheduled “jobs”, see: http://code.google.com/appengine/docs/python/config/cron.html This could change things.  It will be interesting to…

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