Exciting new features and bug fixes in v2.4.5.
I’m pleased to announce the latest version of the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI. The following features are new, in addition to some bug fixes.
Cleaner application folder
The CLI no longer creates every kind of deployment file that could be used to deploy to IBM Cloud. As part of the
enable commands, you can now select the type of deployment you plan to do for either a manual deployment or for toolchains and the necessary files for that deployment type will be created.
For example, the
manifest.yml that’s used by Cloud Foundry will be created only if you select a Cloud Foundry deployment type. Through the
edit command, you can add more deployment file types, should you need them later.
Toolchain API key generation
This release provides the API key that is used for toolchain deployment as output in the dialog. In prior releases, this key was created but not disclosed, which prevented reuse of the key. Now, as part of the toolchain creation, this key is shared with you. Take note of the key and then reuse it as needed for other access to IBM Cloud.
Cloud Foundry target now optional
With this release, the requirement to target your environment for Cloud Foundry is removed. Some options still require a Cloud Foundry org and space. The CLI now informs you when it is providing fewer options to you when Cloud Foundry is not targeted, but you no longer need to do this targeting to use most functions of the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI.
The following are some examples of items that still require Cloud Foundry org and space and, therefore, require you to run
ibmcloud target –cf:
- Manually deploying to Cloud Foundry
- Creating a Cloud Foundry toolchain
- Using a Cloud Foundry-based IBM Cloud service
Blank application type option is removed
create command no longer presents the option of a
Blank application type at the first prompt. There is no loss in capability, as the basic starter kit for each language that this option produces is still available by selecting the
Backend Service / Web App application type.
Getting started with this release
- Install the release: Follow these instructions for a new installation of the IBM Cloud Developer Tools CLI. To update an existing installation, run
ibmcloud plugin update dev.
- Develop an app: Follow this tutorial to create or enable your first app.
- Feedback: For assistance, please submit questions to the author of this article. You can reach the development team in the #developer-tools channel of this Slack. You can request access to this Slack channel here.