I’m considering using Django with Heroku for a new site I’m developing. I’m a bit disappointed with some of the shortcomings of Heroku (read: AWS outage brought down Heroku, why no multi-az failover?) and am considering using GAE. The problem is, in my opinion for a regular Python + Django + Unix developer, it seems that Google App Engine isn’t going to be that simple. Nothing is straight out of the box, but it is proving to be hard even to just create a runtime environment using pip and virtual env on my macbook pro. I refuse to use some GAE launch since I think it’s too opaque. Please let me know what you think.