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Google has loaded PHP onto its platform cloud in a preview form, letting developers around the world try out the technology. The advertising giant made PHP available as a preview service on its App Engine platform cloud on Monday, taking the total language count of supported platform-as-a-service (PaaS) languages to four, …

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Always smart...

to the let customer decide what he wants to do. Even if it's PHP.

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"Checkmate, Amazon ... in 2028 maybe"

Amazon supports PHP on AWS for two years now. http://aws.amazon.com/sdkforphp/

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@ff22 Not the same thing, is it? The AWS API for PHP is a library of PHP code that allows a programmer to control their AWS assets using PHP (instead of Java or C# or Python). The announcement by Google is that PHP can *run* on the GAE. Of course it's not so useful.

PHP can run on any EC2 instance and the owner of the instance can do anything - for example, run WordPress. The restrictions imposed on PHP by Google seem minor in the way they are presented. But they mean you can't run WordPress or Joomla or Drupal or pretty much any other major PHP framework. So its good but only if you like to code in PHP and don't need the help of an existing framework to get your job done.

Seems like a feeble attempt to be able to say 'me too' when GAE is compared with AWS or Azure..

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"The restrictions imposed on PHP by Google seem minor in the way they are presented. But they mean you can't run WordPress or Joomla or Drupal or pretty much any other major PHP framework."

Any basis for saying this? There's a prominent link on the Google App Engine page, under PHP, called "Running WordPress in App Engine". Here's the link https://developers.google.com/appengine/articles/wordpress

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Not actually true - you can run WordPress. See https://developers.google.com/appengine/articles/wordpress

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But why?

But why would anyone want to use Google for something every other host has offered and still does offer since Adam wore short pants? What is the point?

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It's all Greek to me...

Ahem. "Hoi polloi" means "the people".

"The hoi polloi" means "the the people".

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Re: It's all Greek to me...

Quite. Think of it is a left-recursive expression: run it through Google Translate into German and get "Die the hoi polloi" . But that looks a bit savage--maybe we should go for French and "Les the hoi pollio." With Russian or Latin, though it is idempotent...

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The main problem with AppEngine seems to be it does not work very well. I signed up and thought - great - just write a bit of code in Python and scale to millions of users but if you look at any reviews from people who have tried they all have issues eg http://techtraits.com/System%20Admin/2013/02/24/The-problems-of-working-in-App-engine/ or http://www.war-worlds.com/blog/2013/06/switched-away-from-app-engine-couldnt-be-happier

I think if Google and fix it so it just works and does not cost more than their rivals then they could do very well

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