April 23, 2014

Mobile Services – Planned maintenance and upgrade – April 24 2014

We will be updating the IBM BlueMix Mobile Services on Thursday April 24, 2014, between 8am and 5pm US Eastern time. During the update you will not be able to create any new Mobile Backend applications. If you are an existing user of the affected Mobile Data, Push, Cloud Code and MAM services, read the following additional information […]

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April 18, 2014

Java EE application with SQLDB, SessionCache and Auto-Scaling services on BlueMix: CloudTrader

CloudTrader is a Java EE application that simulates an online stock trading system. This application enables users to log in, view their portfolio, lookup stock quotes, and buy or sell stock shares. It is built primarily with Java Servlets, JSPs, and JavaBeans. CloudTrader was created by making changes on top of a ten year old DayTrader benchmark application to showcase how you can migrate an existing application to BlueMix and revitalize it with services in Bluemix.

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April 17, 2014

Kraken.JS and Bluemix

Kraken.JS is a new wonderful framework wrapper around Express for Node.JS.  It includes things such as pre-canned security settings, templating, and internationalization.  While Express in Node allows you to customize these type of things its not the most fun thing or exciting thing to do.  While security is very important in your app why should […]

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April 14, 2014

Bluemix upgrade – improved debugging

BlueMix was successfully upgraded to a new level, including an updated to Cloud Foundry. And I wanted to point out one of the major benefits of the upgraded version - improved debug logs when applications fail to deploy/stage/start etc.

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April 7, 2014

EJBs in BlueMix (with JPA: DB2 and MySQL backends) (packaged server)

This article will use a BlueMix JPA Sample Application with a db2 or mysql database driven by either EJBs or Servlets. JPA (Java Persistence Architecture API) is a set of APIs that is used for reading and writing data to databases via Java objects. An EJB (Enterprise Java Bean) is a server side Java object that contains business logic with special qualities of service (collaborators) such as transactions and security. We’ll provide some code snippets for EJBs and JPA, and also explain the packaging required for deploying this type of application to BlueMix.

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April 1, 2014

BlueMix UI Updated with New Features!

Earlier today the BlueMix UI was updated with a number of improvements. The general theme of this set of updates is to help you find the information you need, when you need it:  Search enablement in the catalog and dashboard, ability to mark your favorite applications or services, “Quick Docs" functionality to gain fast access to the VCAP_SERVICES information for services you've bound to an application, and improvements to service creation like assigning a meaningful name to the new service instance.

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March 27, 2014

Mad Dash: a Node.js Application Dashboard

As a follow up to my previous blog post, where I showed how to set up a real-time console log web tail for your Node.js application, I will be demonstrating how to use to instrument a web application. This is not meant for production level code, but instead to serve as an example of how a developer could instrument their web application in a few short steps and how they could expand it without much effort.

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March 20, 2014

A Live Look: How to Observe Your Node.js Application Logs in Real-Time

In this article, I’ll be demonstrating how you can add a “live” console web tail to your Node.js application hosted on BlueMix in a few easy steps without cluttering up your application code. We’ll be achieving this by overloading the Console object, something you find in almost every javascript program. This is a handy feature for real-time debugging as well as monitoring your running applications. It also serves as a prototype for modifying console statements or adding entirely new console types.

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March 17, 2014

Deploying Ghost.js on IBM Bluemix

Ghost is a crowd funded open source Node.js application which allows you to write and publish your own blog, giving you the tools to make it easy and even fun to do. It's simple, elegant, and designed so that you can spend less time making your blog work and more time blogging.

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