Platform to build upon?

Google opens up Cloud Platform code on GitHub

Chris Mayer
GCP1

Seeking to make a dent in AWS, Google make another attempt to encourage developers to its all-singing cloud project with starter projects.

Since its rebranding
last June
, Google Cloud Platform
has struggled to set the world alight, despite a string of
initiatives to bring newcomers to its collections of cloud
services, and crucially away from AWS’s clutches.

Back in November (and just before
Amazon’s re:Invent conference
),
Google

slashed pricing by 30% on the umbrella project

that bundles together App Engine, BigQuery and
the newest infrastructure project Compute Engine amongst other
services. Yesterday, they announced their newest ploy – push tools
and code samples to
GitHub
to whet the appetite of developers.

Making code available on the hugely successful hosting
service is a fairly standard practice for tech giants and is a
proven gateway to greater adoption. Google aren’t doing this by
half-measures either, making 36 public repositories for Cloud
Platform available in a variety of languages including Java,
Python, JavaScript and Go.

Google’s “starter projects” will show developers how to get
going with Cloud Platform’s APIs using different stacks,


according to Developer Advocate
,
Juliana Ferraioli.

“We set up this organization not only to give you an easy way
to find and follow our samples, but also to give you a way to get
involved and start hacking alongside us,” explains
Ferriaioli.

The opening gambit includes examples of App Engine guest book
apps and a OAuth 2.0 helper. Nothing particularly hot, but we’ll
likely see more interesting things appearing down the
road.

Google’s penchant for giving freebies has worked previously
and this move should help entice developers to Cloud Platform. You
can’t help but feel they face an uphill battle in 2013
however.
OpenStack’s hype is subsiding as big vendors
primed to release their own infrastructure stacks, potentially
squeezing their market share further.

And then there’s the unshiftable juggernaut that is AWS.
Expect th
ese two to trade further blows
throughout the year in any case.

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