Sunday, May 11, 2008

quotesdb - Quotes Database on Google App Engine

I took a day off of work recently to take a stab at Google App Engine. I'm already using it experimentally for my game, Missing. But I wanted to see what I could put together in one day. I'm not much of a programmer but the results are impressive to me. In about 6 hours I now have an app running on my site that hosts profiles, quotes and descriptive text for any quotesdb need... in 300 lines of code. If you go to quotesdb.joelapenna.com/fortune it exports the database to a fortune file. I will add an ATOM feed shortly and upload the source as well.

I had to write a small decorator to handle authentication and authorization but beyond that I had to do no work to manage users. I had to write a small data schema but I don't have to host a database on my webserver and I had to didn't even have to set up mod python. App Engine takes care of it all for me. I think its the coolest app we've released since Google Maps.

team-quotesdb project page