April 09, 2008
Google App Engine Roundup
Loads of stuff in the blogsphere about the Google App Engine, unsurprisingly, some of it even worth reading.
So, it's looking good, though I'm still concerned about lock-in. It's not just the Datastore API which locks you in - that's probably fairly east to emulate - but also the Authentication and Authorization API, which looks much trickier.
Update: As Ade says, you certainly don't have to lock yourself in to GAE's Users API.
Posted to Website construction by Simon Brunning at April 09, 2008 01:00 PM
The authentication and authorisation API doesn't actually lock you in. It's an optional component. You don't have to use it. You're free to create your own Users schema and use that for authentication and authorisation.
In fact nowadays wouldn't a cool start-up insist that their users log in with OpenId instead?
True - but it's a bit of an attractive nuisance.
OpenID is, as you say, the only Web 2.0 compliant approach. ;-)
Give an unknown 3rd party all your customer data? You'd have to be mad...
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