Python developers looking to minimize redundant coding when building apps for the Google App Engine will want to take note. Cloud solution provider Cloud Sherpas earlier this year released to open source a Python application framework for Google's App Engine it had originally created for its own internal use. Called Ferris, the framework automates much of the coding associated with targeting Google's web-based application platform. The framework saves time, the company says, by automating much of the redundant coding common to most Google App-Engine apps. "You define the model and attribute types, and all the parts from the data store to the UI are generated for you," said Tim Lockyear, senior solutions specialist at Cloud Sherpas.