App Engine is Google’s platform-as-a-service for building application backends without having to worry about maintaining a complex infrastructure.
The big news is that App Engine now supports any programming language, so a developer can create the app in whatever language they are comfortable using. Google sees this as a game changer, making the platform more open, which is a big theme with the company as it transitions to try and lure enterprise customers to Google Cloud Platform in general.
Sam Ramji, VP of product management at Google points out that App Engine was initially an entirely closed environment. “What we are launching is an open generation of App Engine,” Ramji said.
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