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Google App Engine 1.8.2 and Google App Engine Pluign for WordPress Released

Google App Engine 1.8.2, which includes significant improvements for large-scale application development, developer tooling, runtimes and a new dedicated memcache service is released today.

In addition, a number of improvements to Cloud Storage integration is also added. And a new drop-in plugin for WordPress that adds support for using Cloud Storage for storing uploaded content, and the Mail API for sending notifications is also launched today.

You can download Google App Engine for WordPress plugin here

Here are the features in this release:

Dedicated Memcache now in Preview with higher cache hit rates, helps developers reduce Datastore costs and make application faster than ever. Developers can now purchase in-memory data caching capacity exclusively for their application, “cache more data and drive up cache hit rates.”

Dedicated memcache is priced at 12 cents per GB per hour.

With this, App Engine now has two classes of memcache service: shared and dedicated. And, moving to dedicated memcache from shared “no code change required.”

Git Support making it even easier to deploy Python and PHP applications to App Engine with the Source Push-to-Deploy Preview feature–now available for anyone to try.

Google App Engine 1.8.2 Source Push-to-deploy

App Engine Modules allows developers to split out large-scale applications into logical components that are able to share stateful services and communicate in a secure fashion.

“With Modules, developers can start splitting their apps with a single configuration change,” informs Google. “Not all components within an application are equal and often times they require their own performance configurations, authorization, and versioning,” added google.

You can create modules for any support languages in App Engine. For Java, the packaging system for modules is the Enterprise Archive (EAR) mechanism.

PHP Runtime support for the mcrypt, iconv and mbstring extensions, as well as the ability to include and/or require PHP scripts directly from Google Cloud Storage is now available. It is helpful when using templating systems such as Smarty.

Python Runtime 2.7.5, includes a number of bugfixes from Python 2.7.3 and Python 2.7.4.

Java WTP Tooling support. Google also updated Google Plugin For Eclipse to fully support the Eclipse standard Web Tools Platform and java EAR files. “With WTP, EAR Files and Maven support, Eclipse users can now enjoy the full ecosystem of Eclipse plugins from the open source communitym” says google.

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