From either the Web console or local CLI, choose from the available starter kits and then select a language and framework. Here are some of the options:
• Express.js Basic
• Express.js Webpack
• Express.js Microservice
• Express.js with React
• Java MicroProfile
• Java EE
• Java Spring
• Python Microservice with Flask
• Swift Kitura
• Swift Kitura Basic
Would you like to use AppID or Cloudant in the new application? Simply click “add service” to sort through the catalog and add that service to your app.
Your selected services are shown in the list view, along with links to documentation and the automatically provisioned credentials for your service instances. Since automated code generation logic creates the app scaffold along with all the enablement files, you can focus on development—building, testing, and deploying the application to IBM Cloud when you’re ready.
Command Line Option
The IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI adds commands to the basic Bluemix (bx) CLI, providing the ability to build, debug, and run the app locally in a Docker container.
Download the application code to a local desktop machine and modify it using one of the supported IDEs or any other you choose. For example, a plugin is provided to allow users of VS Code to use the IDE with the CLI to build, test and deploy the application to IBM Cloud.
Team-based development easier than ever
For team-based development, each of the team members need to have access to the app code. In this case, when you setup your new project with IBM Cloud App Service, you automatically get a DevOps toolchain that includes a Git repository to host source code and a continuous integration and continuous delivery (CI/CD) pipeline setup and configured with the right deployment jobs and credentials to build and deploy the app into the cloud.
Choose whether your deployment pipeline automatically deploys the app to Cloud Foundry containers or to a Kubernetes cluster.
Once the code is in a git repo, simply clone the git repo to your local desktop, finalize changes and do dev/test, and commit the changes back into the git repo. A commit automatically kicks off the delivery pipeline to build and deploy the application to IBM Cloud.
It’s as easy as that.
Check out how you can build a Node.js app to deploy on containers
The IBM NodeJS team has built a starter for developers to quickly create and deploy a MERN stack in a Kubernetes container. MERN stands for MongoDB, Express, React and NodeJS. Our MERN starter is a working application with a React front-end that makes HTTP requests to an Express/Node.js back-end, where sessions are persisted using MongoDB.