October 24, 2014

Building Your Own Watson Powered App

Our first webinar was meant to introduce the concepts behind Watson, cognitive computing, and Bluemix. We also did a deep dive into each of the services available for developers to start working with, but we didn't spend time showing you how to use the services. With our next webinar on October 29th at 11 am EST, we'd like to focus our time on working with services on the Bluemix platform. You'll see how to work with JSON objects, bind services, and build a Watson powered application and will walk away with the practical knowledge of how to put these services into their applications and to see just how easy it is to get started with Watson services on Bluemix.

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October 24, 2014

IBM Internet of Things Foundation: Bluemix Changes

You will have seen the recent announcement about the IBM Internet of Things (IoT) Foundation service going live. This will affect those of you that trialed the beta IoT Foundation Starter boilerplate and Node-RED flows in Bluemix as the move to production has - unfortunately - required us to remove all beta data. You will therefore need to signup to the new IoT Foundation once more, and re-register your devices and API Keys.

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October 23, 2014

Updated: Node.js & Liberty Buildpack

We are regularly updating the Node.js and Liberty buildpacks to bring you the latest fixes and enhancements to the Bluemix runtimes and to improve integration with Bluemix services. The updated Node.js SDK comes with a fix for an issue with the embedded qs module that resulted in a denial-of-service. It also contains an updated version of the npm module and other improvements in the http and url modules. The Liberty buildpack includes a new data collector, updated versions of the management and auto-scaling agents , and an updated version of Liberty profile and Java MongoDB driver.

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October 22, 2014

Elephant SQL now runs on SoftLayer

We are pleased to announce that ElephantSQL has moved to SoftLayer for hosting. You should now experience less data latency and better performance when building an application using ElephantSQL. If you created data before 2014-10-15 21:46:52 EST, then follow these migration steps to migrate your data to SoftLayer.

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October 22, 2014

Calling all Things: IBM Internet of Things Foundation is Ready

A new service just went live which addresses the key challenge of bringing the world of sensors and controllers with that of big data and analytics. When combined with the IBM Bluemix platform, IBM Internet of Things Foundation provides simple, but powerful, and scalable application access to devices and their data. You can rapidly build applications, visualization dashboards, mobile apps, and applications that can feed your back-end enterprise with IoT data.

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October 17, 2014

Building a Java EE app on IBM Bluemix Using Watson and Cloudant

This how-to creates an example app using Java, Cloudant, and Watson. Imagine that you're a talent manager at a growing tech startup. You're looking for a new hire that would be a good fit on your team but the company is so popular that you have a huge inventory of resumes to sort through. With Watson services, you can solve for a problem like, “I’m looking for another developer like “[insert cool employee]” or “Find me a Developer like Craig Smith”.

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October 14, 2014

New Cloudant Java Boilerplate on Bluemix

The Cloudant team is thrilled to be the data layer behind Bluemix and we’re excited to have released a new IBM Bluemix boilerplate for building apps with Java and Cloudant. Cloudant has a lot of exciting updates coming for Bluemix users in the near future. This tutorial will walk you through getting set up on IBM Bluemix and building your first app using the new Java boilerplate.

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October 14, 2014

Keeping secrets – how your cloud application should access credentials and other private data

If you're building a web app, you probably have secrets you have to deal with like database credentials, session keys, etc. So, where do you keep these secrets? Developers using Cloud Foundry based systems has a truly secure option: Cloud Foundry's user-provided services. This blog post will go over the advantages and disadvantages of the traditional and modern approaches.

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October 13, 2014

BluemixBoutique: An online store sample on Bluemix

The BluemixBoutique sample demonstrates a very basic online store application built by consuming cloud services. The core of the application is written using Java EE with a few different RESTful patterns to access the backend data stored in two different types of databases

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