Google App Engine Finally Debuts the Search API

Romin Irani, May 10th, 2012

Google App EngineThe Google App Engine team has been consistently rolling out a new release every month recently. They have become so consistent in doing so, that new releases probably do not make that much of a splash. However, the team has pleasantly surprised everyone by delivering on one of the most requested features that developers had asked from their PaaS platform: Search. Yes, you read that right.

The feature was first requested 4 years back and support for the Search API on Google App Engine was announced a few days back, though in an experimental mode for now. The Search API at a high level leverages the Google Infrastructure to add full text search to your application. The API packs quite a punch and not only includes basic searching for fields and ranges but also scoring and snippeting.

To help developers understand integrating Search in their application, there is a Sample application, that you will need to setup and try out. The team is requested developers to report issues as they use it and it is good to see that some issues reported are currently even being worked on.

The Search API is currently available in Experimental mode Python and Java. If you are an App Engine developer, what are your thoughts on the Search API? What kind of benefits do you see as compared to your home grown solutions?

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4 Responses to “Google App Engine Finally Debuts the Search API”

May 14th, 2012
at 7:43 am
Comment by: API Måndag – fotboll, Googlesök, Siri » API –

[...] här med sök är ju något som Google är rätt bra på och nu äntligen så har de kommit med ett sök-API för Google App Engine. APIet är fortfarande experimentellt och Google varnar för många kommande förändringar, men [...]

June 29th, 2012
at 10:01 am
Comment by: New App Engine Release focuses on Infrastructure, Tools and Security

[...] an additional $0.39 for each GB of outgoing bandwidth. In our last coverage, we mentioned about the support for Search API and the team has gone a step further this time with enhancements that could simplify location based [...]

July 3rd, 2012
at 9:50 am
Comment by: My ProgrammableWeb Posts – May & June 2012 » iRomin

[...] Google App Engine Finally Debuts the Search API [...]

October 31st, 2012
at 10:55 pm
Comment by: Rajesh Gite

Is there any Search API currently available in PHP?

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