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As expected, Google today announced that it has added Java support to its App Engine service. It was announced at a Google Campfire this evening as part of a major upgrade for the Google App Engine that includes the release of database importer tools, secure data […]

As expected, Google today announced that it has added Java support to its App Engine service. It was announced at a Google Campfire this evening as part of a major upgrade for the Google App Engine that includes the release of database importer tools, secure data connectors and other such features that are critical to web builders:

First, we’re giving developers an ‘early look’ at Java™ language support for App Engine. The team has taken a standards based approach, implementing standard Java APIs on top of App Engine where possible. So instead of using the underlying App Engine datastore API, developers can program against Java Data Objects or Java Persistence API.

Developers will also be able to easily build AJAX web applications end-to-end in Java through integration with a new version of Google Web Toolkit and a Google Plugin for Eclipse to support the development experience. (Google Code Blog)

If you are trying to figure out why Java support is important, take a few moments and read my analysis.

  1. It is good news actually. Perhaps, it will push Sun more to come up with J2EE 1.6 quickly : http://tech-at-teleox.blogspot.com/2009/04/gae-google-app-engine-finally-courts.html

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  2. Probably its Sun’s last attempt to regain the potential in market .. Probably they see dark with PHP shovering over .. :P

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  3. Hi Om– not much Android news last night, but you were right about the significance for custom enterprise apps. In our early access, we were impressed with the capabilities of the platform, and look forward to using Google App Engine to help our customers do more with the cloud. Read our technical assessment here.

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