IBM Bluemix: Getting started with Bluemix UI
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After having mentioned in my earlier blog about what the bluemix is all about and what all can be done at :-
let us explore what the Bluemix UI looks like.
After having logged in to your Bluemix account , you can see the DASHBOARD screen. It gives an overall picture of all
your applications , and services you are using within Bluemix.
Basically his show how much memory you are using for your applications
The middle graphic tells about the health of the application. The green tick mark shows that everything is working
perfectly fine.The squares below the tickmark denotes the no of applications.
In our case there is just 1 application running and hence one green square to show that this application works fine.
If we have a red 'X” instead of green mark it denotes that something is wrong with this application.
The last one shows that 1 out of 4 services is currently being used.
The menu on left hand side shows:-
ALL:- It will show all the applications and services being used in Bluemix
APPS:- Shows only Applications
SERVICES:- Shows only Services
It sometimes happens that we use a number of applications and services.
In those cases we can see them individually without cluttering too many things at a time.
"tulikajava1" is an application that I created using Java Web Starter boilerplate and hence it shows in above screen along
with DataCache Service.If you are using Bluemix for the first time then you will not have any application created.
This space would be empty.
Lets get started by creating an application(Java DB Web Starter APP)
using the Java web starter boiler plate. This uses the Liberty runtime and SQLDB for connecting to database
1)Click on "CREATE AN APP"
2)This will take you to the CATALOG page.
Boilerplates are kind of getting started sample app
helps your application up and running with a few clicks.
Runtime:lets you run an app in the language of your choice.
Services: The service provides functionality that is ready-for-use by the app's running code. For providing DB service
you can use MongoDb,MYSQL etc. for your application.
3) Click on Java DB Web Starter Boilerplate.
It gives you some information on what the application does and that it uses Liberty for Java and SQLDB service for
connecting to database.
4)Add the name of the application (Give a system wide unique name)
5)Click on CREATE
After clicking on CREATE , you can see that you are taken to the Application Overview Page.The right top corner of
screen shows the health indicator "Your application is not running". This indicator shows that app has not yet fully started.
This gets changed automatically after a few seconds to green showing that now the application has started successfully.
When the application starts the screen looks like:-
Next to health indicator , there is a "VIEW QUICK START" button. Clicking on this button will take you
through the command steps that are required in case you wish to download this starter package ,
modify and then push and deploy your application to Bluemix.
On the left hand side of the page , you can click on "Files and Logs" to see any files related with errors and logging.
You can click on the download button on the right corner to download any of the error/logging files
You can click on the "Runtime" in the left hand side menu to change the number of instances and modify the memory
requirement of the application .
4)You can click on DASHBOARD to see your application running
Now you can see that there are 2 applications running one which I already had and the one we just created.
You can now see that 768MB of memory is being currently used and that 2 applications are indicated GREEN in the health indicator.
5)To launch the application , you can click the button marked in red
6)This will take you to the application.
It just took few clicks to get the application up and running !!!!