Google Introduces New Features for App Engine

    April 8, 2009
    Chris Crum

At Campfire One, an event where developers are invited to "talk shop" at the Google campus, Google announced a new set of features for App Engine that helps it interface more easily with existing technologies.

Google lists the following new features in a post on the Official Google Blog:

– App Engine’s early look at Java™ language support includes a Java runtime, integration with the new Google Web Toolkit 1.6, and a Google Plugin for Eclipse

– The Google Secure Data Connector enables centrally-managed access to on-premise data from Google Apps

– The database import tool makes it easier to move gigabytes of data into App Engine (and export functionality is coming within the month)

Cron support can execute scheduled tasks like report generation and DB clean-up at regular intervals

App engine is a year old, and Google has realized that it is too hard to build applications and wanted to make it easier.

"You spend more time being a Sysadmin than actually building your next great web app," Google says. The new features should make it easier.