Daily Links April 8th, 2008

I keep finding that there is a ton of stuff day in and day out that I want to talk about but I don’t have the time or it isn’t really needing a full blog post to devote to. However I still wish to inform people about some of the most interesting stuff I find around the web. So I am going to be trying to do a basically a list of some daily news stories that I come across. Today gets to be the first of these and there will be more if the feedback is positive.

Flickr Adds Video – Flick added videos today, the videos however have to be both 90 secs or less as well as under 150 mb. So if you want to upload longer videos look elsewhere. Also to upload videos you have to have a pro account. Here is a video I uploaded to Flickr if you want to see how they look. People on Twitter are liking it to Twitter’s 140 character limit, forcing you to have to say what you are going to say and move on. I’m not too sure where I fall in there, it could be nice being constrained but how hard is it currently to upload videos to other sites and who doesn’t know about YouTube?

Google App Engine – Google last night released a way for you to run your web application completely on Google’s servers. You get access to a database using BigTable, which is Google’s Database system, and storage on Google’s servers. During the beta, there are limitations on page views, queries and such. However when it gets released full time you will be able to pay for more service, but there will still be a basic free account. This is really cool and easy way for developers to get started with a web application with now literally zero cost to start.

Couple of Problems I am foreseeing:

  • Currently only Python supported though other language support will occur, Ruby and PHP are a given will be eventually supported. Still this is going to slow down adoption for Google.
  • One of the test applications, HuddleChat, is a literal clone of Campfire. This is a major no, no for any company especially Google. This also creates fear in developers that Google could “steal” their application once it becomes popular enough. Your code and data is already on Google’s servers, who says it couldn’t happen? (Google pulled HuddleChat from AppEngine today)

I did get into the intial beta, limited to 10,000 developers, however I don’t have the time to play around with it at the moment. Finals are getting ready to start here at Texas Tech, however when I get done with that I will review the service.

Justin Yost is a full-time Software Engineer and a part time educator. A graduate of Texas Tech University with a bachelor's degree in computer science, Justin relishes programming and learning more about anything and everything. When not working, Justin occasionally gives talks at the local PHP Meetup. In his free time, Justin enjoys backpacking and reading science fiction books.

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