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23 July 2008, 15:22

Rallying Call for Perl on App Engine developers

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Brad Fitzpatrick, creator of LiveJournal and currently a Google employee, has issued a rallying call to the Perl development community, to help him and other Google employees who are using their "20% time" to bring Perl to Google's App Engine platform.

Currently, App Engine only supports Python as a language for third parties developing software to run on Google's App Engine. These applications can take advantage of Google's heavily scaled up infrastructure.

Fitzpatrick says "Here at Google [...] it's not one of our big languages so I don't get to write as much Perl as I used to. I'd still like to run my personal web apps on App Engine, though, and I'd like to write them in Perl." and he points at the 'Perl on App Engine' wishlist issue where to date, 941 people have added their name to the request. This compares to 1190 requests for Ruby, 1263 for PHP and 1699 for Java/Groovy.

The project appears to be in its early planning stages, but hinges on developing a suitably hardened Perl interpreter. This would give the App Engine team the control they require of language interpreter runtimes. In turn, this would allow them to consider deploying Perl based applications.


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