Getting started with IBM Bluemix

Doug Tidwell demos how to start developing and deploying apps on IBM's cloud platform


About this video

In this video, I take you through the Bluemix interface and show you how to build and deploy a web application. If you follow along, roughly 10 minutes from now you'll have an application that your friends and relations around the world can see. Behind that application will be a code repository, a continuous delivery pipeline, and a cloud-based NoSQL database. And you'll build all of those things without writing a single line of code.

Bluemix is IBM's Cloud Platform as a Service and more. It lets you quickly create, deploy, and manage your applications in the cloud. You don't have to deal with any of the underlying infrastructure. You don't have to deal with hosting and managing your cloud-based applications. And you can use the tools and languages of your choice. Plus, Bluemix comes with an extensive catalog of services from IBM and third parties that you can use in your applications.

Bluemix lets you focus on writing great code, not on installing and configuring infrastructure.

To get started, create a free trial account and you can do everything that I show in this demo. We'll go through three steps:

  1. Create and deploy a web application using the Node.js SDK
  2. Add a continuous delivery toolchain to the application
  3. Add a NoSQL database to the application

This video sets the stage for other videos (to be published soon on developerWorks) that build more sophisticated versions of the app:

  • A Cloud Foundry application that runs on Bluemix (and locally on your machine, if you like)
  • A Docker container that runs in the IBM Container Service
  • A Node.js application that uses a microservice hosted on the IBM OpenWhisk serverless computing platform

More Bluemix resources

Ready to take a deeper dive? Check out our newly updated "Bluemix Essentials" course, which explores the fundamentals of cloud computing, Bluemix, services, and Cloud Foundry applications.

For a steady stream of tutorials and other technical resources to help you learn, develop, and connect with Bluemix, see the Bluemix articles and tutorials on developerWorks. And be sure to visit our Bluemix Developer Center.


The author would like to thank David Barnes, who created the original version of this video in October 2015.

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