Django on Google App Engine

I’m back to playing with the Django web development framework again. Since I’m close to putting something online (it’s only a matter of years, actually), I’m also looking into hosting options. Due to the framework choice, Google App Engine appeared on my radar and I had a quick look at it.

Running your web application on Google’s infrastructure is certainly an intriguing idea. The official into video didn’t tell me too much, so I watched Guido van Rossum’s talk Rapid Development with Python, Django and Google App Engine on YouTube. Based on the information given there I decided against App Engine.

App Engine uses Google’s high performance distributed database system Bigtable. That’s pretty cool, but of course it works a lot different than a relational database. I’d have to port my application to Google’s persistence layer (not that much work yet) but I’d later be tied to a single hosting provider.

With the Django ORM framework out of the way, Django’s built-in generic admin site no longer works. This means, one of the framework’s biggest assets is lost and that’s the real show stopper for me.

If I were to create a highly scalable web application, the advantages would probably outweigh the disadvantages. But in my case, it means going back to comparing classic web hosters.

Advertisements
This entry was posted in python and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s