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Cloud Computing, A Practical Approach by Robert Elsenpeter, Anthony Velte, Toby Velte

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CHAPTER 11Developing Applications

Chances are good that the application you need to work on the cloud has already been created; it’s just a matter of finding and subscribing to it. But if you can’t find the application you’re looking for, you can make your own, and you wouldn’t be alone in your endeavor. A 2009 survey from Evans Data shows that 40 percent of surveyed developers working on open-source projects plan to deliver their applications as web services offerings using cloud providers.

In this chapter we’ll talk about some of the different cloud offerings out there. Varying levels of intricacy and functionality are available. For instance, you can write an app and host it on the Google App Engine in a few minutes (we’ll show you how later ...

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