Google announced a new version of its App Engine application-hosting service will add support for Java:
Improvements are intended to make the App Engine infrastructure available to all developers, ranging from those at start-ups to IT administrators inside the enterprise, Google said. In addition to Java support, other features in the updated version of App Engine include database import and export, access to firewalled data, and "cron" support, which enables configuration of regularly scheduled tasks to operate at defined times. App Engine is built for deploying Web applications.
Google has been running internal and external applications on App Engine and it has not been without difficulty, said Kevin Gibbs, tech lead for Google App Engine, in a blog post on Tuesday evening.