BaristaReview is a site that I've always wanted, specifically to let me find (and review) coffee shops near where I am.
Although it's loaded with Australian cafes to start with, it's not localised except for it being in English.
The great benefit to me of Google App Engine is the low cost of entry and ultimate ability to scale right up to whatever success we might achieve without having to supply any hardware ourselves.
It's been a fascinating little project with lots to learn about:
- Google App Engine
- Google Maps and geocoding
- Django 1.0
- Serving images from a database
- memcache(d) for caching images
- integrating blogger into a sub-domain
There's still lots to do, not to mention the iPhone version people keep asking for, please let me know if you see bugs or unexpected behaviour.
Google App Engine is a little new and I do run into a few issues deploying sometimes, but generally the site seems to perform pretty well.
Please look up your favourite cafes and if they aren't there, go ahead and add them!