Elastic Beanstalk

I've been doing some web development lately and when Amazon announced their Elastic Beanstalk Java EE PAAS, I decided to take it out for a spin. It's a good first release. The restriction to eclipse+tomcat makes me a little grumpy, but since I'm just doing servlets, it's OK. The real killer, the one that's got me close to abandoning it, is the development round-trip cycle time. I've gotten totally spoiled by the rapid redeploy feature of NetBeans+GlassFish. When the cycle time from edit to run is less than a second, you develop differently. The edit->run time with elastic beanstalk is a couple of minutes, which totally breaks my concentration. The upside is that I'm getting better at Solitaire :-)
January 26, 2011