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How to manage Google AppEngine maintenance periods

AppEngine logoHere is a small snippet of code that I use on applications deployed on Google AppEngine to inform users that the application is in maintenance mode.

It usually happen when the AppEngine team put the datastore in read-only mode for maintenance purpose but other capabilities can be tested as well.

def requires_datastore_write(view):
    def newview(request, *args, **kwargs):
        from google.appengine.api import capabilities
        datastore_write_enabled = capabilities.CapabilitySet('datastore_v3', capabilities=['write']).is_enabled()

        if datastore_write_enabled:
            return view(request, *args, **kwargs)
            from django.shortcuts import render_to_response
            from django.template import RequestContext
            return render_to_response('maintenance.html', context_instance=RequestContext(request))

    return newview

This is a python decorator and you can use it to decorate views that require write access to the datastore. For example:

def update(request):
    # Do something that requires to write in the database

You will need to create a Django template named maintenance.html to display a warning to your users. Mine looks like this:

<h2>Application Maintenance</h2>
<p>The LibraryThing for Facebook application is currently
in maintenance mode and some operations are temporarily unavailable.</p>
<p>Thanks for trying back later. Sorry for the inconvenience.</p>