For now I could live with manual deployment to each Google App account
if I thought deployment could be automated in the future. However, the
possibility you raised of Google changing its policy to allow
retrieval of hosted application code is disturbing. If Google was
indeed to allow code retrieval, it should at least allow the
possibility for third-party developers to "stamp" their code as
At a more general level, I think the GAE initiative has spawned many
more questions than it has answered. This is in itself an indication
of the enthusiasm of developers. I think it is high time that Google
put together a *detailed* strategy and roadmap on issues like
deployment so that developers can move beyond experimentation and work
to a set of concrete goals. Strategically speaking, GAE developers are
currently working blind or at least taking a punt on likely outcomes.
This aspect needs to be tightened up!
Yes we are an insatiable lot and I guess Google is working flat out on
this...but that's the price of progress :)
On Dec 10, 9:05 pm, Marzia Niccolai <ma...@google.com
> The scenario that you've described isn't yet perfectly achievable. I think
> what you are essentially looking for is something along the lines of Google
> Apps Labs for developers:http://www.google.com/enterprise/marketplace/viewVendorListings?vendo.
> This is definitely something we would like to explore expanding in the
> future, but there is no specific roadmap for such a thing.
> Right now to approximate such a thing you would need each of your customers
> to have an App Engine account for their domain, and add you as a developer
> to their account. You could then deploy your application to their website,
> but they could handle all of the billing details for that account.
> This would require that you be the person to deploy new instances of that
> app to individual clients. And though they wouldn't have direct access to
> your code, because both you and them would be developers of the application,
> it's not certain this would never change in the future (developers being
> able to retrieve the code of the apps they own from App Engine).