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Happy Birthday ‘IBM System/360 and Google App Engine’

Forty-six years ago on April 7th, IBM announced the IBM System/360. As Wikipedia puts it, “It was the first family of computers designed to cover complete range of apps, from small to large, both commercial & scientific.” ;“We’ve come a long way since the days of 7.2MB disk drives and when systems with 256KB of main memory were considered large. Developers still want a platform which makes it easy to build, easy to manage and easy to scale their applications. That’s exactly what inspired us to build Google App Engine. It was two years ago on April 7th we launched App Engine to the first 10,000 developers. Those developers formed the start of today’s vibrate community of over 250 thousand developers. Each day your apps collectively serve over 250 million pageviews. It all started on April 7, 2008 with the Python runtime. And, after a somewhat false start with the FORTRAN 77 runtime, we were able to successfully launch App Engine for Java, along with a number of other exciting features, on our first anniversary,” notes Google.


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