The following is an excerpt from 'The Infinite Machine'
On reflection, it was surprisingly difficult, and that’s coming from someone who’s been using App Engine for 7+ years. Google Cloud Platform is big, the
gcloud sdk is a whole universe. I guess that’s what you’ve got to expect of a mature platform.
Anyway, look, that beginner level is interesting and I’ll come back to it, but I need to jump ahead because I’m doing this for a reason, and the reason is Services.
App Engine is a misunderstood thing. I think people mostly see it as a weirdly proprietary and restrictive cloud based web server, and Google themselves seem to be pushing it as a useful coordination point for GCP based systems.
I think of it as a high level distributed computing based virtual machine that I can program to, a vast sea of computation that I can use for pennies. A wonder of the world...
Emlyn O'Regan is a Co-Founder and the CTO of xapiapps, and the author of 'The Infinite Machine'