Monday, February 27, 2012

Announcing the General Availability of the Python 2.7 Runtime for App Engine

A few months ago we announced an experimental version of the the Python® 2.7 runtime for App Engine. Since then we’ve been hard at work fixing bugs and adding optimizations. Today we’re happy to announce that this runtime has graduated from Experimental status and is a fully supported feature of App Engine. To get started, download the latest App Engine SDK for Python and check out the Getting Started Guide.

We think the Python 2.7 runtime for App Engine is a great step forward for our developers.  First, it allows applications to take advantage of concurrent requests, allowing you to build more performant and efficient applications. If your application wasn't fully utilizing the CPU, chances are that you'll be able to use concurrent requests to reduce the total number of instances and serve more with less.

We've also added some of the most highly requested libraries: PIL, NumPy, and lxml are all part of the Python 2.7 runtime. These three libraries alone have been requested nearly 2,000 times. Check out our updated list of supported libraries and let us know what libraries you would like us to add (be sure to add the tag ‘[Python Library]’ to the summary).

Whether you’re looking to migrate an existing application or build a new application, the Python 2.7 runtime is ready to go.

If you have any questions or comments send them to the App Engine group. We'd love to hear from you.



The Python 2.7 launch cake


Posted by Chris Ramsdale, PM Python 2.7 Runtime for App Engine
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5 comments:

Michael said...

Just in time for PyCon, thanks Google!

Shimmy said...

You only forgot that the name Python has nothing to do with snakes...

Alexandru Nedelcu said...

Shimmy, that's the old Python logo, before the boring redesign of 2005.

Joaquin Abian said...

still, the new one are also two pythons...

brbrenna said...

Back in the days when Python still had the old snake logo, on the Windows OS, the C:\PythonNN directory had a green smiling snake icon when you viewed the directory listing in Windows Explorer. I belive this was version 2.3 or 2.4.

One day I got a frantic call from a customer. The data collection for their entire factory had suddenly stopped. I logged in to the system, and soon noticed that the C:\PythonNN directory was missing.

It turned out that some IT guy had logged in to the server and seen the snake on the server's hard drive. This caused a mild panic. He thought it had to be some kind of virus - and quickly deleted the directory with the snake.