Google App Engine limits and vendor locks

At the beginning of the 2015 I worked on a python application in Google App Engine. After all, because of some limitations and vendor locks, the app was moved to docker environment. Here is the list of these limitations. I did not check since then, maybe something changed, there is App Engine Flexible Environment, but it’s still in beta.

  • It’s not possible to send logs to the external service, the interface in the google console is slow and ugly. The good thing is that it groups logs by request.

  • MySQL is limited to version choosed by Google, at that time it was 5.6 and no information about when it will be updated to 5.7.

  • MongoDB does not exist, no possible to use external instance through direct connection, only through REST.

  • Instead MongoDB there is Google Cloud Datastore, it’s a vendor lock and i did not find a way to work with a document without schema.

  • For cache there is a memcached from their lib google.appengine.api.memcache, for flexibility better to use a werkzeug cache wrapper.

  • Tasks queue is also a vendor lock, with some efforts it can be replaced with celery.

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