January 5, 2016

Updates to IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix

A new version of IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix is now available for download. This latest version of the Tools provides better integration with other software. Highlighted capabilities include Application Server on Cloud support for Liberty servers, support for the Sydney Bluemix Data Center, and application monitoring with the Health Center.

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January 5, 2016

Migrate your app between Bluemix Regions (video)

Considering migrating your app from one Bluemix region to another? There are a multitude of reasons why you would want to move an app, for example, better performance for users in the area by reducing latency. This video blog post shows the steps.

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December 31, 2015

Using StrongLoop to create a Node.js MySQL application

The tutorial Getting Started with Bluemix and StrongLoop presents videos summarizing the strengths of each product and demonstrating a sample application; the tutorial Getting Started with Node.js LoopBack Framework and IBM Cloudant examines how to leverage IBM Cloudant as a backend data store with the LoopBack framework and StrongLoop Arc tools. Continuing with same theme as the previous tutorials, this brief tutorial shows the steps of integrating data from a MySQL database with Node.js using the StrongLoop API. We make no assumptions about tooling other than the command line!

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December 30, 2015

Getting Started with Node.js LoopBack Framework and IBM Cloudant

You can use LoopBack and Cloudant together to accelerate development of a highly secure REST application layer. Combine this with the IBM MobileFirst platform, and you have an even more comprehensive and secure mobile app solution. In fact, both StrongLoop/LoopBack and Cloudant now come as part of the MobileFirst Platform, but you can still get them as independent services on IBM Bluemix. In this post we will examine how to leverage IBM Cloudant as a backend data store with the LoopBack framework and Strongloop Arc tools.

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December 28, 2015

The Future of Cognitive Computing

You’ve probably heard something coming from IBM about cognitive computing, and/or IBM Watson. If you haven’t gotten your hands dirty with Watson Developer Cloud services or Watson Analytics, then there’s a really good chance that the term “cognitive computing” might seem like marketing-speak. In reality, cognitive systems have the potential to reshape computing, and are an area of computing that you should not ignore. The video "The Future of Cognitive Computing" captures the impact; in fact, I feel that there is so much value in it, I put together this written transcript version in case you don't have half an hour to watch it.

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December 23, 2015

Are Enterprise Hackathons the wave of the future?

Hackathons seem to be gaining traction in the enterprise. There was a lot of team activities, sharing, thinking outside the box and some very serious hacking. Is this the wave of the future? When leveraged properly, the peer pressure and the competitive attitude between the teams can lead to some apps getting created that would be impossible or very difficult to create during the normal routine. This post reports on the recent Rocket Software Hackathon and how it encourages developers to break their routine, come up with some big and wild ideas and do something disruptive.

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December 23, 2015

Passing the IBM Cloud Certification Application Developer test

I had the opportunity to take the test and be certified as IBM Cloud Certified Application Developer. It was a very good experience that drove me to share it and post my thoughts. This post contains some hands-on experience for preparing yourself to be certified.

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December 22, 2015

IBM Alert Notification Service keeps you on top of IT issues

IBM Alert Notification is an easy to use, simple notification system that meets the increasing demand for agility and efficient collaboration among IT operations team members that use multiple monitoring tools. It gives IT staff instant notification of alerts for any issues in your IT operations environment, optimizing your business performance, increasing customer satisfaction, and protecting revenue. Because IBM Alert Notification is provided as a service, the required server infrastructure is installed and managed by IBM, reducing your time-to-value and offering low-maintenance ownership.

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December 22, 2015

IBM Bluemix Block Storage experimental release. Try it on your VM today!

Get in early with a sneak peek at IBM Bluemix Block Storage via an Experimental service available now in Bluemix Labs! This Experimental service makes block storage available to Bluemix Virtual machines in London and enables developers to provision and manage persistent, on-demand storage for applications that require high performing, low latency storage. Bluemix developers and users can easily attach and detach volumes to their Virtual Machines, manage snapshots and expand their volume sizes as their storage capacity requirements grow.

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