January 28, 2015

TuftsMed – Not Your Average Hackathon

Participants from across diverse fields such as healthcare, technology, engineering, design, and business, come together to meet, share ideas, collaborate, and instill passion in one another for their ideas. After forming teams based on these creative ideas, participants work together to build those ideas into concrete products and business plans. This blog entry explains how is this different from other hackathons.

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January 27, 2015

An afternoon of Raspberry Pi with IoT Foundation

I recently was excited to receive a Raspberry Pi kit in the mail. I’d like to walk you through how I managed to connect a Raspberry Pi to the Bluemix IoT Foundation service in a few hours. I had heard that you should be able to complete this “in the time it takes to drink 2 beers”. Because it was during my normal workday, I had to forgo the beers and got interrupted by a conference call but still was able to complete this task the same afternoon I received the package in the mail.

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January 25, 2015

Best of Bluemix: Mobile Data, Watson, and Hadoop

To call attention to popular articles on Bluemix available on IBM developerWorks, this weekly post will introduce three "best of" articles. This week's entry focuses on getting started with IBM Mobile Data, Watson's Q&A API, and IBM Analytics for Hadoop.

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January 23, 2015

Tracking the spread of contagious disease using Bluemix

As I noted in my previous blog entry, Graduate students learn and innovate on Bluemix, the Bluemix platform as a service (PaaS) is not only a business solution, but also an excellent environment to learn and sharpen your programming skills. Today's entry presents a Bluemix application developed by my students called Plague Tracker. This blog entry describes the web solution we have developed for limiting the spread of contagious diseases.

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January 22, 2015

Checking in on InfoWorld’s review of IBM Bluemix

InfoWorld's Martin Heller continues his review of PaaS platforms with an assessment of IBM's Bluemix ecosystem, which went live last July, and brings together the company's portfolio of application development and deployment tools with a host of complementary services, all running on the robust SoftLayer global infrastructure. In all, despite pointing out some "wet paint" signs here and there, Heller's review (and the resulting score) are a fine half-year birthday present for the Bluemix ecosystem, and we're eager to compare it to the state of things in July, when the platform will be a year old.

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January 22, 2015

RSS Feed Status Updates!

The Bluemix Support team has just released an update to the Bluemix Status Dashboard at Support - Bluemix dev. It features an improved real-time status display and RSS feed.

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January 21, 2015

How Watson and Bluemix see the State of the Union

The State of the Union is a live broadcast that many Americans listen to and sometimes it can be hard to understand all the political lingo that is being talked about. What is more interesting is the thoughts and underlying feelings between the State of the Union. If we could figure out how the President is feeling or portraying himself we could infer how The President will schedule and work with legislation and policy for the rest of the year. With IBM Watson we can analyze the text of the speech and determine this!

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January 21, 2015

NodeCellar on Bluemix: Sample Application with Backbone.js, Twitter Bootstrap, Node.js, Express, and MongoDB

Node Cellar is a sample Node.js Express application that uses Backbone.js, Twitter Bootstrap, and MongoDB.  This application was written outside of IBM and was not intended to run on Bluemix.  However, with very little change, it will run on Bluemix just fine.

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January 20, 2015

Hints for Node.js developers using io.js on Bluemix

If you're interested in Node.js, but haven't been following all the latest excitement around io.js and ECMAScript 6 (ES6), here's the executive summary: It's a fork of node.js which is shipping with a newer version of the V8 JavaScript engine and features available in ECMAScript 6, without having to have a special pre-release version of node.js installed, or using special node command-line flags. This blog entry lays out the steps necessary to try io.js in your Bluemix Node.js application.

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