Last week, the Google App Engine team held a Campfire in Mountain View to celebrate their first birthday and announce several new and useful App Engine features. We introduced support for Java and other JVM-compatible languages, cron jobs, database import, and access to secure firewalled data. Several of our Sydney engineers were heavily involved in this launch: Anthony Baxter was the lead engineer on the cron jobs feature and our other engineers worked on the integration with Google Apps. The photo below shows some of the team, proudly wearing their App Engine t-shirts.

To celebrate the launch here in Sydney and to kickstart developers using the new features, we're holding a special developer event on the evening of April 27th with talks from our pictured Sydney engineers. More information and a registration link for the event is available on our Google Developer Events Sydney site. Sign up quickly as space is limited. While you're there, why not also sign up for our mailing list to find out about upcoming developer events? Hope to see you at one soon.