Earlier today, I released fb2cal, a backend web service that lets users view their Facebook friends' birthdays right from a native calendaring client. Coming from a desktop development background, writing a web app on top of App Engine was a new experience for me. Some points to take away:
- Extend templates to reuse large parts of common HTML code; think inheritance
- Leverage the memcache when making large data store queries or performing network requests
- To serve parts of a web app using HTTPS, add
secure: alwaysto the script handler in
And lastly, to handle basic authentication in a subclass of
Overall, I was extremely pleased with how fast, easy and inexpensive it is to host a fully-functional web app on App Engine.