❯ Guillaume Laforge

Google-Cloud

Sentiment analysis on tweets

What’s the mood on Twitter today? Looking at my little twitter demo from a few weeks ago (using Glide & Gaelyk on Google App Engine), I thought I could enrich the visualization with some sentiment analysis to give more color to those tweets. Fortunately, there’s a new API in Google-town, the Cloud Natural Language API (some more info in the announcement and a great post showing textual analysis of Harry Potter and New York Times)! Read more...

Getting started with Glide and Gaelyk on Google App Engine

Back in 2009, I created Gaelyk, a lightweight toolkit for developing Google App Engineapps using the Apache Groovyprogramming language. I even had the chance to speak at Google I/O 2009about it! Good times, good times… Vladimír Oranýlater joined me in maintaining and evolving Gaelyk, and Kunal Dabircreated the fun Glide project, which is a thin wrapper around Gaelyk to further streamline the development of small to mid-sized apps for Google App Engine. Read more...

What can we learn from million lines of Groovy code on Github?

Github and Google recently announced and released the Github archive to BigQuery, liberating a huge dataset of source code in multiple programming languages, and making it easier to query it and discover some insights. Github explained that the dataset comprises over 3 terabytes of data, for 2.8 million repositories, 145 million commits over 2 billion file paths! The Google Cloud Platform blog gave some additional pointers to give hints about what’s possible to do with the querying capabilities of BigQuery. Read more...

Tale of a Groovy Spark in the Cloud

As I recently joined Google’s developer advocacy team for Google Cloud Platform, I thought I could have a little bit of fun with combining my passion for Apache Groovy with some cool cloudy stuff from Google! Incidentally, Paolo Di Tommaso tweeted about his own experiments with using Groovy with Apache Spark, and shared his code on Github: I thought that would be a nice fun first little project to try to use Groovy to run a Spark job on Google Cloud Dataproc! Read more...

Joining Google as a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform

The cat is out the bag: I’m joining Google on June 6th, as a Developer Advocate for the Google Cloud Platform team! My Groovy friends will likely remember when I launched Gaelyk, a lightweight toolkit for developing Groovy apps on Google App Engine? Since then, I’ve always been a big fan of the Google Cloud Platform (although it wasn’t called that way then) and followed the latest developments of the whole platform. Read more...

A bit of functional tests and concurrency for Gaelyk

Along with the release of Gaelyk 1.2, I’d like to share two interesting links about running functional tests with Geb, and concurrency / parallelism with GPars on Gaelyk. Gaelyk functional testing with Geb In the Groovy ecosystem, we’re all aware of the Spock testing framework. On top of Spock, you can use the Geb browser automation library, to easily create functional tests for your web applications, in a nice, readable and expressive fashion. Read more...

Coming back to the new Google App Engine pricing policy

In a recent article, I was complaining about the new Google App Engine pricing policy. Obviously, as I have a few applications deployed on App Engine, and as I’m developing Gaelyk, a lightweight toolkit for this platform, I was worried about being heavily affected by those changes. In this article, I’d like to do a short summary of my experience so far. I have close to 10 applications deployed on Google App Engine. Read more...

Google App Engine's new pricing model

I’m quite disappointed by Google App Engine’s new pricing model. I was aware of the changes, the upcoming prices and quotas, but I wasn’t expecting my small low-trafic apps to go beyond the free quotas, and force me to have to pay for those small Gaelyk apps! The big problem is the cost of the “frontend instance hours”. An app running all the time, with low trafic, but enough to keep a frontend instance running all day will cost you 30 bucks a month with this new pricing policy. Read more...