Google App Engine offers a full-stack, hosted, automatically scalable web application platform. The service allows developers to build applications in Python, Java (including other JVM based languages such as JRuby) which can then use other Google services such as the Datastore (built on BigTable) and XMPP. The service allows developers to create complete web application that run entirely on Google's computing infrastructure and scale automatically as the application's load changes over time. Google also provides an SDK for local development and site monitoring tools for measuring traffic and machine usage.
The Google App Engine service is free up to a certain usage level, after which customers may be charged for incremental usage.
CrunchBase has its own App Engine tester application on appengine.crunchbase.com.
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