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Guss - Growing Up Social System

Built for Google App Engine. This is a codebase that aims to provide a bunch of things related to user interaction and content management, packed into a cohesive system, with a stress on performance, cost-effectiveness and code maintainability. Written in Python.

The why:

  • There's a lack of high-quality, performant and feature-complete content management and social networking codebase dedicated to Google App Engine.

The goals:

  • A clean, maintainable, cohesive, and readable codebase.
  • Lightning-fast and cost-effective.
  • Stable
  • Born to be forked, no need for a slow and complicated extension system.
  • Features:
    • Admin control panel. Just make enough tools to control things.
    • A role-based access control system.
    • A blogging system for members.
    • A discussion system that both serves as a blog commenting and a simple forum system.
    • User authentication, member profile, activity stream, private messaging and user connection/following (basic functionalities for a community).
    • It looks disgusting without a design, so a basic design based on Zurb Foundation would be great. Doesn't need to be beautiful though.


  1. Install Google App Engine SDK.
  2. Clone this repository to a folder and run the App Engine SDK's dev_appserver inside the newly cloned folder.
  3. Run git submodule init and git submodule update
  4. Run http://localhost:<port>/install, it will put necessary things to the database
  5. Start hacking!


Copyright 2012 Hai Thanh Nguyen

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