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Migrating Away From Google App Engine

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Migrating Away From Google App Engine

Migrating Away From Google App Engine

Google has just announced that it is deprecating cloud storage and effectively a major part of App Engine that we are relying on. To make matters worse the window of time to its removal is quite short so we don't have enough time to rewrite and adapt all the various API's and tools that rely on this API.
We have already started the process of migrating off App Engine completely both due to rising costs and Googles horrible service/support. This will also allow us to finally support many long standing user requests such as more powerful push API's etc. since we will no longer be held back by App Engines limitations.

In fact our choice to leave App Engine completely was sealed last month as our App Engine expenses skyrocketed...
The App Engine console simply stated a cryptic "datastore reads" number that was very high/expensive. We normally cache everything in memcache but still it seems that the number was really high. Unfortunately, this was the only number we had!
Google doesn't provide any way of knowing which of our queries was responsible for the large number and to this day we have no idea what is the actual trigger for this. When we opened a service call they decided that this was a "justified" charge without providing us with any itemized listing detailing what we are charged for.

Due to all of that we decided to start a migration process even before the last announcement, this means a lot will change in the backend for Codename One but most of these changes will be seamless and will be made in pieces that won't be noticeable. However we have 2 big features that would be very hard to migrate off App Engine: CloudStorage and CloudFile.
We already worked with the big users of these API's to help them migrate away as we started planning. However, we might have missed some smaller users. If you rely on one of these API's and haven't been in contact with us please let us know ASAP.

Notice that as we migrate some services might require that you build a new version of the app, e.g. sending a log from the device (part of crash protection feature) would migrate seamlessly (and probably improve) however, you would need to upgrade your users to a new version of the app in order to keep using the feature... We will also need you to update URL's for services such as push notification etc. as new URL's become available.

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Posted by Shai Almog

Shai is the co-founder of Codename One. He's been a professional programmer for over 25 years. During that time he has worked with dozens of companies including Sun Microsystems.
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