Google releases App Engine Launcher for Mac OS X

“As you probably know, Googlers are offered 20% of our time to work on what we’re really passionate about. On the Google Mac Team, one of our passions is keeping the Mac a first-class citizen for Google products and services,” John Grabowski, Google Mac Team, writes for The Official Google Mac Blog.

“When I first saw Google App Engine, I was excited at the possibilities. It is still amazing to realize that Google will let external developers run web applications on Google infrastructure. However, integration with the client was a little basic. Simple tasks, like creating “hello world”, required quite a bit of typing. We can do better, and Mac users want more,” Grabowski explians.

MacDailyNews Note: Google App Engine lets you run web applications on Google’s infrastructure. App Engine applications are easy to build, maintain, and scale as traffic and data storage needs grow. With App Engine, there are no servers to maintain: developers just upload your application, and it’s ready to serve users.

Grabowski continues, “Talking with UI Designer John Skidgel and Software Engineer Brett Slatkin, I heard some great ideas on what could be done. So I jumped in with 20% time and wrote, a project manager for Google App Engine client work. On the Mac, the Google App Engine SDK will be delivered with this launcher from now on.”

“The Launcher isn’t intended to replace a full-blown IDE or editor. However, basic tasks are now trivial. To create ‘hello world,’ you now just type a name and click twice. And deployment of a finished application to Google is a single click away. With the Launcher, you can focus on your app instead of the tools,” Grabowski reports.

“The Launcher is a true native Mac application. Installing the Google App Engine SDK, embedded in the Launcher, is a drag install. App Engine projects can be added to the Launcher with drag and drop. And your deployment password is saved in a Keychain (if you want),” Grabowski reports.

If you are signed up for Google App Engine and develop on the Mac, try out the Launcher, and let us know what you think on either the Mac Group or the GoogleAppEngine Group. You can find the Launcher here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Ampar” for the heads up.]


  1. If I were out in Google Land, I’d bring a beer to Grabowski for very publicly saying, “one of our passions is keeping the Mac a first-class citizen for Google products and services”. The micro-brew of his choice awaits…

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