It’s a big day for GAE Studio. Version 1.0 has finally arrived! The software is ready for use by a much larger segment of the GAE development community. It is now possible to use it with every language that App Engine supports!
To get started, you only have to read our documentation. Now, let’s dive in and see what’s new in version 1.0 of GAE Studio.
For all you GAE developers who create applications in languages other than Java, GAE-Studio now supports Python, Go and PHP. This is a big step forwards for our product. Supporting all available runtimes has always been one of our objectives, and we know it is a capability many people were waiting for. To make multi-language support possible, you can now use GAE-Studio as a module. Using GAE-Studio locally will be a challenge, but we’re working hard to make it easy to use GAE-Studio. Using it locally with Java is already possible if you build an EAR. We’re working hard to make this process as seamless as possible in every runtime.
The login/oauth system was a hassle for first-time users. Since we want to put this software in as many hands as possible, authentication and license validation has been removed. You still need to login with your developer account to use GAE-Studio as a module. This change comes at a cost, in order to keep developing GAE Studio, we need to sustain an income, so we have moved some features to the paid tier. Once we’re ready to re-introduce them, you’ll be able to purchase a license to activate those features. We’ll talk about them in detail in a future newsletter, but just as a snapshot here’s a list: profiling datastore requests, applying batch operations on large datasets and evaluating GAE usage cost.
We also installed GAE-Studio on a really simple sandbox application, which will allow you to try it and quickly see if that’s what you need. There’s a Submit form if you want to help us fix any problems you find, or to send suggestions to improve the product. You’ll need to request access to the sandbox by sending an email to: email@example.com.
Also, GAE-Studio will now let you execute GQL requests to filter data. It is a powerful tool for extracting only the data you need for a given development task.
We’ve added visual cues based on beta tester feedback, and we think this really improves the UX. We ourselves use GAE-Studio every day for our projects, so we really understand and appreciate the value of these UX improvements.
After adding JSON import/export in our last release, we now feature the ability to export to CSV, which can be useful if you want to use analytical tools like Excel to examine your data.
Last but not least, you can now select multiple entities and delete them, or mass-edit the values in fields that selected entities share.
Please continue offering us feedback via our issue tracker, or drop us an email ! This was a big release, but more and better things are yet to come. We are really looking forward to our upcoming releases and want to incorporate your feedback in the process. Thanks for all your help so far. You are all awesome and please join our community on Google+ to follow progress as well as exchange ideas with other developers.
To conclude this newsletter, we should not forget that building software is a collaborative enterprise and we have many contributors to thank. You should pay attention to those names, because these people are awesome and have mad skills! We are deeply grateful for their work. Thanks so much!
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