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Archive for April, 2008

Google App Engine

Posted by Balachandran on April 9, 2008

Hello folks, Now more from google. Google has released a new service called the Google App Engine. Google App Engine is a service that lets us run our web applications on goolge’s infrastructure. So, we can be free from tasks setting up and maintaining servers for our apps, i.e we will be able concentrate more on our apps than on the underlying support systems. Moreover, the app engine provides a dynamic load balancing environment, supporting nearly 5 million hits a month for an application. Initially, as it is a trial run, 500 MB of space is given (all accounts are free now) and once the full version is released, additional space can be purchased.

What is more is that, the app engine presently supports only the Python programming language. This goes on to tell how popular python is and how important it is as well. The app engine currently supports all features of python (system independent) and apart from that it supports the popular python web-framework – Django.    Since a sandbox kind of environment is given,  the environment is secure and only limited access id provided to the underlying OS. The App Engine also provides a non-relational datasotre that acts as the back end. But it comes with a powerful query engine and transaction support.

More can be known about this from the official google site http://code.google.com/appengine/

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Google’s Code University

Posted by Balachandran on April 7, 2008

Hello folks,  Though I came to know of this very late, I thought it would be useful to post it. Google has yet again done what it, can to spread knowledge. It has a “Code University” or a place in the web, where anyone can access lecture notes, assignments and reference materials for any topic related  to computer science. These have been contribute from various universities across the globe. This apart, it has a few video tutorials as well. It seems to be really useful. All the lecture notes are in the form of presentations( ppt, unfortunately. Many university prof. still go for MS office it seems. ) The link to the site is

http://code.google.com/edu

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College ends

Posted by Balachandran on April 4, 2008

Hello folks, This is a post that has been long overdue. The final semester of Bachelor of Engineering got over on 26th March, 2008. The last day was celebrated as the “Placement day”, a first in the history of TCE. Placement orders were given to all the students who had got placed in various companies. The last few days of the last semster of B.E were spent taking photograhs with various friends, a class group photo etc. On Monday, i.e 23 March, we had our farewell day, which was celebrated by cutting cakes and distributing them to all class mates. That night, Balaji Srinivas gave a great banquet to all our class guys. We were all invited to “Aarathy Drive-inn” and were allowed to eat to our heart’s content. That was a feast that could never be forgotten. Thanks Balaji, for that great treat.

Now, four long years will be over with the forth coming semester exams. It is time for everyone of us to pursue their dreams, dreams that many have pursued since their childhood, and for a few, opportunities that they had never thought of before this moment. With the blessings of the divine, I hope that everyone of us reaches their desired goal easily. My wishes to all my friends and colleagues for a bright, happy, healthy and a prosperous future.

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