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Posted December 24, 2012
Posted June 6, 2012
Excellent Introduction, New Version Will be Even Better
I bought this book, despite it's age, to get a general understanding how GAE works and is organized. I found it to be an excellent guide to the structure of GAE and how to use Python and Java to make it work.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
However, I have two caveats. One, you need to be an intermediate Python and/or Java coder to really be able to extrapolate the examples into actual code. For example, while there is a discussion about the User object, there's no section on how to code a login capability (e.g. login, change password, forget password) with the User object. Because books about GAE are somewhat rare, the book would be even more useful if it described key design patterns in detail as they relate to coding with GAE. For example, because the Google user id can't be used "as is" (it's a security risk if GAE apps expose this ID in their apps), what other options exist for user ids? What are the trade-offs?
The second caveat? I bought the electronic book thinking I could read it on the Nook app on my iPhone. Big mistake. The Nook app stinks when it comes to rendering code examples. The font for code is unhelpfully reduced to 3 point size. I had to read the book with iBooks on my iPhone and Nook on my Mac (because, of course, Nook on the Mac renders code examples fine and iBooks apparently doesn't exist for the Mac). Hopefully some day the Nook iPhone app will be updated to render code examples at a human readable size.
I have read the draft of the next version of this book, due out summer 2012, and it is fully updated with some excellent new data. No design pattern chapters, however.
(BTW, B&N also should fix the Edit review capability so that going from Preview back to Edit mode doesn't strip out lines and render three paragraphs of text as one dense blob...)