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Essential App Engine: Building High-Performance Java Apps with Google App Engine by Adriaan de Jonge

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Chapter 2: Improving App Engine Performance

Throughout this book, a lot of attention is given to performance optimization. By improving performance, you get the added benefit of lowering the usage costs of your application when you surpass the App Engine’s free quota. This chapter explains performance characteristics specific to the Google App Engine environment. It starts by discussing the process of starting and stopping instances in the cloud. The cost of starting an instance is demonstrated by showing the performance of a servlet using a third-party library compared to the performance of a plain vanilla servlet. This chapter also offers pointers for minimizing and, where possible, avoiding cold startups. Finally, it provides a high-level ...

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