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The following is an excerpt from 'The Infinite Machine'

In my last post I went through getting the quickstart helloworld app going with the latest tooling and whatnot for Google Cloud Platform.

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...

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Emlyn O'Regan is a Co-Founder and the CTO of xapiapps, and the author of 'The Infinite Machine'

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