Earlier this week, I was invited by the Ecole de Technologie Superieure (ETS) to give a lecture on Cloud Computing & IBM Bluemix.
For the second year, the ETS organizes a summer school for students from all over the world. The summer school is an intensive 4-week course where attendees spend their day in a classroom instead of enjoying outdoors summer activities in Montreal.
So first, kudos to the students for being so passionate about engineering and technology. No vacation for them in July, but long days of lectures and practical work on Innovation and Technological Design.
My lecture was on Cloud Computing and IBM Bluemix. I talked about basic cloud concepts such as IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS. I then introduced the core Bluemix capabilities for cloud application development (the DevOps capabilities). Then I reviewed some of the Cloud Services available on Bluemix.
To give real examples of what you can achieve with Bluemix when you assemble existing services, I showed sample apps such as the mind-controlled droid, Ziggy, Rock/Paper, Scissor or the HR assistant. I ended with a simple demo to show how you can create, deploy and test a Node.js app on Bluemix in less than 10 minutes. The presentation I used for this July 4th session is available on this page.
It was a great experience to meet the Summer School participants (48 students from Asia, Europe, Africa, South and North America). They had a lot of questions that you usually don’t hear from IT professionals. Because of their background, these students have an interesting different perspective on things, and it is refreshing.
I will be back to ETS on July 18th for the second part of this course, a hands-on workshop on Bluemix (Develop your own cloud app with IBM Bluemix). A special thanks to the ETS people (Lorena, Mario, Louis) for inviting me to these events.