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Daily Dose: Google App Engine 1.5.0 Released At Google IO

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As a kickoff to Google IO, Google announced the release of Google App Engine 1.5.0. The addition of long running instances has added a new level of control over  the kinds of applications that can be run on the infrastructure. Pull Queues, another new feature, allow instances to request tasks.  (In the past, these same tasks were relegated to individual instances.) A high replication datastore has been designated as the default. Later this year, Google will officially change the status of Google App Engine, making it an official Google product. At an estimated $9/month, using Google App Engine shouldn't be an expensive proposition. 

Honeycomb Open Source Waiting On Ice Cream Sandwich 

It's official. No open source version of Honeycomb 3.0 or the newly released Honeycomb 3.1 will be made available until the release of Ice Cream Sandwich later this year.  At that point, the  open source versions will only exist within Ice Cream Sandwich's revision history.  Unlike the tablet-centric Honeycomb release, Ice Cream Sandwich should work on both tablets and phones.

PHP Fog Announces the Release of a New PaaS

As of May 10th, 2011, PHP developers will have another PaaS in their arsenal.  After a beta program that included 13,000 unique sign-ups within the last six months, PHP Fog's cloud platform is ready for general release.  Free accounts ensure that any PHP developer can access the cloud deployment technology. You can find out more information about the new release here.

There's a New Application Development Framework In Town, Rhodes 3.0

Rhodes 3.0 has support for Near Field Communication (NFC) on Android devices.  This enables apps to read/write to any NFC tag. With this updated release, Rhodes becomes the first framework to offer NFC support for Windows Phone 7.  More information about the new NFC support can be found on the Rhomobile blog.

GWT – Pros and Cons

Exploring the pros and cons of GWT.  Thanks for the link Ganeshji Marwaha.

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