Circulation FeedFlare – now available on Google App Engine!

Four score and many days ago, I created a FeedFlare that displayed a feed’s circulation (i.e. subscriber count) and offered it up to the world. I wrote it in Rails and ran it my hosting account, but the traffic became such that I had to shut it down.

Fast forward to earlier this year: Google announces the release of App Engine, a service that allows you to host your own web apps on Google’s world-class server infrastructure. There is much rejoicing, and wheels start to turn in my head.

In the past few days, I freed up some time to dive into Python and rewrite this flare to run on Google App Engine. I hadn’t really used Python or Django, but this was a fun opportunity to learn something new and build something people could actually use. (What a concept!)

The installation/usage instructions are posted on Google Code, so you can sneak a peek at the source as well. Here’s a screenshot of what it looks like when all is said and done:

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Sample output

It was a fun little project and App Engine is great, especially with the Mac launcher tool. I’m all inspired to keep going now.

Please drop me a line if you have any questions about how to use it…I’d love to know if this helps anyone out.

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7 thoughts on “Circulation FeedFlare – now available on Google App Engine!

  1. […] 24, 2006 · 1 Comment UPDATE: Please refer to this version instead, which is updated and ready for use! I guess it is a small world after all. A while ago I […]

  2. […] A: I’ll be the first one to admit that Feed Flare needs some back to school clothes and the new Dark Knight Trapper Keeper. Two things have changed since we initially launched Feed Flare – the social graph has gotten a lot more interesting and users are a lot more accepting of being identified as a visitor on a particular site or blog. This does open up some interesting possibilities. The developer community is also still developing Feed Flares as well. Just a few weeks ago, one of our publishers created a new flare using AppEngine to power the hosting and backend. […]

  3. […] A: I’ll be the first one to admit that Feed Flare needs some back to school clothes and the new Dark Knight Trapper Keeper. Two things have changed since we initially launched Feed Flare – the social graph has gotten a lot more interesting and users are a lot more accepting of being identified as a visitor on a particular site or blog. This does open up some interesting possibilities. The developer community is also still developing Feed Flares as well. Just a few weeks ago, one of our publishers created a new flare using AppEngine to power the hosting and backend. […]

  4. […] A: I’ll be the first one to admit that Feed Flare needs some back to school clothes and the new Dark Knight Trapper Keeper. Two things have changed since we initially launched Feed Flare – the social graph has gotten a lot more interesting and users are a lot more accepting of being identified as a visitor on a particular site or blog. This does open up some interesting possibilities. The developer community is also still developing Feed Flares as well. Just a few weeks ago, one of our publishers created a new flare using AppEngine to power the hosting and backend. […]

  5. […] A: I’ll be the first one to admit that Feed Flare needs some back to school clothes and the new Dark Knight Trapper Keeper. Two things have changed since we initially launched Feed Flare – the social graph has gotten a lot more interesting and users are a lot more accepting of being identified as a visitor on a particular site or blog. This does open up some interesting possibilities. The developer community is also still developing Feed Flares as well. Just a few weeks ago, one of our publishers created a new flare using AppEngine to power the hosting and backend. […]

  6. […] A: I’ll be the first one to admit that Feed Flare needs some back to school clothes and the new Dark Knight Trapper Keeper. Two things have changed since we initially launched Feed Flare – the social graph has gotten a lot more interesting and users are a lot more accepting of being identified as a visitor on a particular site or blog. This does open up some interesting possibilities. The developer community is also still developing Feed Flares as well. Just a few weeks ago, one of our publishers created a new flare using AppEngine to power the hosting and backend. […]

  7. […] A: I’ll be the first one to admit that Feed Flare needs some back to school clothes and the new Dark Knight Trapper Keeper. Two things have changed since we initially launched Feed Flare – the social graph has gotten a lot more interesting and users are a lot more accepting of being identified as a visitor on a particular site or blog. This does open up some interesting possibilities. The developer community is also still developing Feed Flares as well. Just a few weeks ago, one of our publishers created a new flare using AppEngine to power the hosting and backend. […]

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