July 28, 2014

Android mobile apps, line by line. Getting started with MobileData

This webcast helps get you started on developing an Android app using the MobileData cloud service on IBM Bluemix.

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July 23, 2014

Replay of the Bluemix Virtual Meetup on Mobile Services

Today I hosted a virtual meetup on the mobile services in Bluemix.  It was a great session, with the experts sharing a lot of insights and demos.  Below is the replay, be sure to check it out!

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July 17, 2014

Cross-origin resource sharing for Bluemix APIs

What if you have a decoupled JavaScript based front-end that needs to aggregate information from these other Bluemix apps? By default the browser will forbid access to other subdomains. The solution is to take advantage of the standard HTTP headers that are available to control cross-origin resource sharing (CORS) on the Bluemix services that you wish to provide to JavaScript clients.

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July 17, 2014

Using the node.js cfenv package to make your life easier

I've just put together a little Bluemix application for node.js - bluemix-service-switcher - which shows how to access service information using the cfenv package. This sample, and the cfenv package, should also work fine on any Cloud Foundry-based PaaS. cfenv provides a number of functions to deal with the VCAP_SERVICES and VCAP_APPLICATION environment variables. You will never have to JSON.parse() them again!

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July 16, 2014

Bluemix and the Internet of Things

Want to take a guess as to how many devices will be connected to the internet by the end of 2015?  Give up?  15 billion.  Yup, that's right, that is 15 followed by 9 zeros.  By 2020 that number will increase to 40 billion!

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July 16, 2014

Easy SSH Sessions into Bluemix

Dr. Nic Williams recently wrote a great blog post on how to run one-off command line jobs on Cloud Foundry. The same process will work on IBM Bluemix since it’s based on Cloud Foundry.

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July 15, 2014

zip-weather – get weather forecasts via text or phone calls with Twilio

Twilio provides an awesome SMS and telephony service that you can use in web applications. . I’d been wanting to build an application with Twilio for a while now, and finally did it the other day. It’s called zip-weather. The app will respond to text messages and voice calls, prompt you for a location, then provide a weather forecast for that location.

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July 10, 2014

dealing with private node.js packages

While npmjs.org is a great place to host node packages, ANYONE can access them. What happens if you have multiple application which all use a package you wrote, but you’d like to not have to publish that package publicly? Private packages like this aren’t really a first-class notion in the node world – yet. But there are various strategies you can use to provide this capability until they are.

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July 10, 2014

Monitoring Liberty in Bluemix with JConsole

To monitor the Bluemix Liberty runtime with JConsole, you must complete the following steps.

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