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Programming Google App Engine with Java by Dan Sanderson

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Chapter 2. Creating an Application

The App Engine development model is as simple as it gets:

  1. Create the application.

  2. Test the application on your own computer by using the web server software included with the App Engine development kit.

  3. Deploy the finished application to App Engine.

In this chapter, we’ll walk through the process of creating a new application, testing it with the development server, registering a new project ID with Google Cloud Platform, setting up a domain name, and uploading the app to App Engine. We’ll look at some of the features of the Java software development kit (SDK) and the Cloud Console. We’ll also discuss the workflow for developing and deploying an app.

We will take this opportunity to demonstrate a common pattern in web applications: managing user preferences data. This pattern uses several App Engine services and features.

Setting Up the Cloud SDK

To develop an App Engine app in Java, you need several things installed on your local computer:

  • Java 7 SDK (JDK)

  • Your favorite Java IDE, such as Eclipse

  • The Google Cloud SDK

  • Python 2.7 (used by the Cloud SDK)

If you want to use Eclipse as your IDE, you can download a version of Eclipse bundled with everything you need to do Java EE development for web apps. You can also get an Eclipse plugin from Google specifically for App Engine development.

The Google Cloud SDK is a collection of tools and libraries for developing, testing, and deploying software for the Cloud Platform, including ...

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