[Chicago] Chance to try out AppEngine (and make my life easier)

Massimo Di Pierro mdipierro at cs.depaul.edu
Wed Apr 9 18:31:23 CEST 2008

Let me think about this for one week.

After being the only one who the spent the night working on the  
flourish rumble I feel particularly dumb and kind of tired of doing  
pro bono work.

One prerequisite for giving it to you is that you commit to using  
web2py for your project (which by the way has no problem talking to  


On Apr 9, 2008, at 3:03 AM, Cosmin Stejerean wrote:

> When I wrote the email to the group today I had a feeling you're going
> to just magically write the whole thing in a few hours :)
> It's definitely a step in the right direction, and while quite
> different from what I envision I will certainly use this until I get
> something working myself (it's way better than the current metra
> interface). Any chance you'd like to share a dump of your database
> (and save me the hassle of parsing their website)?
> - Cosmin
> On Wed, Apr 9, 2008 at 12:49 AM, Massimo Di Pierro
> <mdipierro at cs.depaul.edu> wrote:
>> The database is rather small and it was not such a difficult project
>>  using web2py (99 lines of code) so I just made it.
>>  Turns out the use of SQL IN and LIKE operators are crucial for this
>>  project and they are not supported by google appengine.
>>  You should pick another project for that purpose.
>>  Anyway, you can try it here
>>      https://mdp.cti.depaul.edu/MetraSchedule
>>  I did not try to fix the typos in the town names as they appear on
>>  their online schedule. It is a bit slow because I have not yet
>>  created the db indices.
>>  Do you think Metra may want to buy it? You got the idea, so you  
>> get 20%.
>>  Massimo
>>  On Apr 8, 2008, at 4:53 PM, Cosmin Stejerean wrote:
>>> Well, it seems there is an ability to invite developers to  
>>> collaborate
>>> with you on an application.
>>> I've been planning for a while to create a better interface to the
>>> Metra train times (metrarail.com). I'd like something with Twitter
>>> integration (so I can ask from SMS what the next train is) and a
>>> smarter ability to search (remember my stations and only show me
>>> upcoming train times for the current day of the week by default).
>>> I've started working towards this in Django but it seems like a
>>> perfect excuse to to start doing some AppEngine work. Let me know if
>>> you'd like to help with this and I can try to add you as a developer
>>> to the project (you'll need Git for this, I have 2 GitHub  
>>> invitations
>>> left if anyone is interested). Also let me know if you have any  
>>> other
>>> suggestions or ideas for the project.
>>> --
>>> Cosmin Stejerean
>>> http://blog.offbytwo.com
>>> PS.
>>> Completely unrelated but, you have the ability to restrict
>>> authentication to your Google Apps domain. This means it is possible
>>> to create (and perhaps resell) applications designed for internal  
>>> use
>>> only and integrate it into the existing Google Mail, Docs, etc.
>>> http://code.google.com/appengine/articles/domains.html
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