Friday, October 10, 2008

App Engine Community Update

It's been a few weeks, but it's time again to roll up all the goings-on in the App Engine community.

First, if you haven't read it already, you should check out Andi Albrecht's article 'Running App Engine Applications on Django'. He wrote an article discussing his project, gae2django, which was built to run App Engine Django apps on any hosting system that supports Django.

We've also been very excited to see some great new applications built on App Engine. For those of us concerned about being green, offers you a way to print only parts of a website you need. If you want some food for thought everyday along with your breakfast, check out Puzzazz, which gives you a new puzzle every day to solve. And if you are feeling artistic, visit to edit your photos online.

Several teams at Google have even released their own apps using App Engine, including tools for Chromium coders, inquisitive types, or anyone interested in changing the world.

Finally, we are happy to announce a new program for those of you wishing to hold App Engine hackathons in your hometown, Hackathon-in-a-Box.

Takashi Matsuo was nice enough to pilot our Hackathon-in-a-Box program in Japan at the end of September, and it was a great success. Twenty-five App Engine developers attended the event, which was held at the Google office in Tokyo. They reviewed a translation of Building Scalable Web Applications that Takashi prepared, and then got to coding their own applications. See below for a slide show of the event.

If you're interested in holding your own Hackathon-in-a-Box, please read the program guidelines on our Sites page and then get in touch with us by emailing to get started!

If you have any questions or discussion topics, checkout our group!

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