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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

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

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

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

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

[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

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

Lock-in, the Overrated Barrier to Cloud Adoption

Reading Time: 4 minutes By definition, lock-in makes a customer dependent on a vendor for products and services, unable to use another vendor without substantial switching costs. That sounds scary. Now let us take a step back and look at all the standards which were available in the traditional world to prevent lock-in. JEE specs sure have a lot of them and that ensures that you would be able 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 More JPA Gotchas

Reading Time: 2 minutes We were in process of porting an application to GAE. The application used JPA for persistence and we decided to use the same for GAE as well. After deploying, the application worked fine on Google App Engine. Over a period of time we started getting errors, which seemed strange. All our tests were running fine and application worked without any issues with our seed data. Continue Reading

Google App Engine: Understanding Caching

Reading Time: 3 minutes If you have been following the Google App Engine downtime notify group then you would realize that the datastore has been behaving erratically over the last 2 weeks. Though we had been thinking about exploiting Memcache for caching for a while now, but the last 2 weeks proved to be the perfect alibi. Another reason was the comment that we got on our blog by Continue Reading