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Creating a Management Dashboard with Google Apps in 10 minutes

Reading Time: 4 minutes All of us have had situations in which, the enterprise that we are working with, would like to have quick snapshots of the various metrics on the dashboard. These should not only be readily available, but also be refreshed with real data in real-time so that the latest on the health of the organization/business is at the fingertips. We had a similar situation when we Continue Reading

Case Study: Migrating an Enterprise Application to Google App Engine

Reading Time: < 1 minute Recently at Business Technology Summit 2010, Inphina presented the journey notes of migrating an Enterprise time-sheet and invoicing application to the Google App Engine. The presentation talked about the Business context, Evaluation criteria, Bottlenecks and pitfalls that we faced during the migration and the Conclusions. We received a great response at the conference and have already helped few organizations prepare a blue print for migrating Continue Reading

Comparing Google App Engine and Amazon EC2 on Business Drivers

Reading Time: 4 minutes In our last post, we compared the leading cloud vendors on technology. In this post, we would like to look at the business benefits of moving to either GAE or Amazon EC2. If you believe the recent hype in the cloud space, including the Gartner reports then you would see that the cloud is here to stay. What would make sense is to keep a Continue Reading

Mailing Google Docs As Attachment On Google App Engine

Reading Time: 4 minutes Our application works with Google Spreadsheet API to update spreadsheets. The application now needed to send mail with an attachment of a google spreadsheet. We posted our query on google docs community here and on Google app engine here and there were no clear directions of implementing it. Let’s see how we went about implementing this feature. Google provides its spreadsheet API and it allows Continue Reading

Preparing Seed Data for Your Application on Google App Engine

Reading Time: 3 minutes For the past few weeks, we have been getting requests on our website about the way we generated seed data for our multi-tenant application. I thought it would be best to talk about the method that we used as a part of a separate post. If you have been following our blog, you would notice that TE-CON launched the public beta of bookmyhours.com. This is Continue Reading

Comparing Google App Engine and Amazon EC2 on Technology

Reading Time: 6 minutes Recently, at a prospective client, we were asked to make a comparison between Amazon EC2 and Google App Engine. Having recently done fairly large-scale projects on both of them, we think that we could make a fairly valid summarization of our thoughts. With this post, I would like to put our thoughts out for consumption and debate. The three parameters on which I would like Continue Reading

Best Practices for Moving to the Cloud

Reading Time: 3 minutes Recently there has been a lot of interest in the cloud. There have been some major developments that have ignited the interest of many enterprises. It would not be late before enterprises start looking around and find that their competitors have already taken the first step towards the cloud. Before you get to that situation and start panicking, here is a list of best practices Continue Reading

[Updated] Is This the ‘Tipping Point’ for Cloud Adoption by Enterprises?

Reading Time: 4 minutes There are two major events which have happened in the course of the last few weeks. These events have forced enterprises to get up from slumber and take notice of the changing technology dynamics. First, Gartner released their 2010 Hype Cycle covering maturity of 1800 technologies. If you look at the report image, cloud computing as well as cloud/web platform are at the peak of Continue Reading

Managing Wicket Serialization Problem On Google App Engine

Reading Time: 7 minutes There are several problems of using Wicket on Google App Engine. We are porting a Wicket application on Google App Engine and faced several issues. This post will look at the problems we may encounter while working on a Wicket project on Google App engine and how may we overcome them. Google App engine will it play suggests that if you have a wicket project Continue Reading

bookMyHours.com Public Beta Released

Reading Time: 2 minutes bookMyHours.com is a simple and clean enterprise timesheet application offered as SaaS on a subscription basis. The service is ‘rightweight‘ and consists of the most frequently used features so that the organizations do not have to pay for features that they would never use. It is a multi-tenant application which allows and organization to define their custom look and feel. bookMyHours is based on eHour, Continue Reading

Managing Cold Start On Google App Engine

Reading Time: 2 minutes One of the major problem working on Google App engine is managing cold start. Well what is it? Google App engine spins down the application when it is idle. On Google App engine, application does not get a permanent instance of java virtual machine. If there are no activities for a while then the JVM goes cold and application will have to start again to Continue Reading

Google App Engine: Understanding Non-Invasive Caching

Reading Time: 3 minutes In the last post on understanding caching we talked about the general support of GAE for caching and how we could easily incorporate caching in our application. You would also recollect that we talked about the invasive form of caching in which the business layer was aware about the caching framework. In this post let us talk about the non-invasive way to cache. Since caching Continue Reading

Improve Performance By Using Batch Gets on Google App Engine

Reading Time: 2 minutes We are porting a JPA application to Google App Engine. One of the challenges we faced during this exercise was performance. There are simple and effective ways by which we can increase the performance of our application. Datastore batch get is one such optimization we used during porting the application. If you are used to low level datastore api you must have used batch get. Continue Reading