September 27, 2019 By Steve Clay 2 min read

Exciting new features in the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI.

I’m pleased to announce the latest version of IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI. The following new features have been added as detailed below: Knative toolchain deployment, cloud enablement for Golang apps, and enhanced debugging with the shell command.

Knative toolchain deployment

This release adds toolchain deployment support for Knative clusters on the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service. To use this feature, you will need a Knative-based cluster (and not a Helm-based cluster).

With this prerequisite met, a new Knative deployment option is available for the create and edit capabilities of the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI. For example, when you create an app, you will see this list of deployment options:

By selecting the Knative option, you can create a toolchain that deploys to the Knative-based cluster that you specify through the dialog.

Enable Golang apps (Beta)

The enable capability of the CLI is now extended to include applications written in Golang. From the root folder of your Golang app, simply run ibmcloud dev enable to equip it for use with IBM Cloud. This feature is in Beta. Please share your experience on our Slack channel. Instructions for accessing this channel can be found at the end of this article.

Enhanced debugging with the “shell” command

The shell command no longer requires an app that can be compiled. This allows for shelling into the tools container directly to debug why an app is failing to compile. To access the tools container, run ibmcloud dev shell tools from your app folder that contains the cli-config.yml file.

Getting started with this release

Install the release: For a new install of IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI, follow these instructions. To update an existing installation, run ibmcloud plugin update dev.

Develop an app: Create or enable your first app by following this tutorial.

Feedback: For assistance, please submit questions to the author of this article. You can reach the development team in the #developer-tools channel of this Slack. You can request access to this Slack channel here.

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