Best of Bluemix: WebSockets and Docker as CLI app, REST services, Twitter Analytics

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As of May 23rd IBM Bluemix Container Service now provides a native Kubernetes operations experience while removing the burden of maintaining master nodes. Kubernetes itself is based on the Docker engine for managing software images and instantiating containers. Get the details.

best of bluemixThis post regularly showcases some of the best new Bluemix tutorials, videos, and other content published each week on developerWorks. Here are some of the most popular new tutorials and courses published so far this year:

  • Put a Linux-based chess app on the cloud with Bluemix and IBM Containers: Using Docker and WebSockets to turn a CLI app into a cloud-enabled service, this tutorial describes how to build an image that exposes Stockfish as a service and deploy the image to IBM Containers. You can use this same pattern to take any command-line Linux application that communicates via standard input/output pipes and rapidly make it consumable on the cloud with IBM Bluemix.
  • Create a scalable and fault-tolerant REST endpoint using Flask and Python: Write compelling, state-of-the-art web apps and REST services! For this tutorial, we chose Flask over other frameworks like Django, Pyramid, and web2py because it is very lightweight and therefore easy to understand. For just writing up a REST endpoint it is a perfect fit. In addition, we also show you how a single REST endpoint can be used to multiplex between different functions.
  • Getting started with the Simple Search service (course): Learn how to use the Simple Search, a Node.js app in IBM Bluemix, to convert spreadsheet data or mysql.dump into a faceted search engine. With the Simple Search service, you can create and manage a useful, polished search engine for your own site or app. The app you build in this course greatly simplifies the steps of turning your tabular data into a faceted search engine. This is a no-charge, self-paced course.
  • Analyzing Sentiment in Twitter Hashtags (course): How’s your relationship with your customers? Would you like to track how consumers feel about you, your products, or your company based on their tweets? How about gauging positive or negative emotions measured across multiple tone dimensions, like anger, cheerfulness, openness, and more? To get real-time sentiment analysis, you can set up Spark Streaming with Twitter and Watson on Bluemix and use its Notebook to analyze public opinion. This is a no-charge, self-paced course.

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