View application log files in PCF using the CF CLI

I recently setup verbose GC logging on a  deployed application to Pivotal Cloud Foundry (PCF) and specified a file to write the GC logging info to. Below shows how you can view application files using the CF CLI.

1. Start by invoking the following to show your deployed applications

[Tue Dec 16 09:32:10 papicella@:~/cf/APJ-vcloud ] $ cf apps
Getting apps in org ANZ / space development as pas...

name           (more...)

Typesafe activator , play framework applications deployed to Pivotal Cloud Foundry

I decided to quickly build an application using Typesafe activator for a play framework scala application and get it to deployed to Pivotal Cloud Foundry. You can read more about Typesafe activator below.

Here are the steps to deploy an play framework application created using Typesafe activator. I created a basic hello world scala application with the play framework. The purpose here is what is needed to  get it deployed on Pivotal Cloud Foundry.


Deploying Spring Boot Applications to Pivotal Cloud Foundry from STS

The example below shows how to use STS (Spring Tool Suite) to deploy a spring boot web application directly from the IDE itself. I created a basic spring boot web application using the template engine thymeleaf. The application isn't that fancy it simply displays a products page of some mock up Products. This blog entry just shows how you could deploy this to Pivotal Cloud Foundry from the IDE itself.

1. First create a Pivotal (more...)

PCFHawq*Web Browser based web application for PHD service within Cloud Foundry

Pivotal HD for Pivotal CF deliver's Pivotal HD - Pivotal's leading Hadoop distribution as a Pivotal CF Service. Pivotal HD is a commercially supported distribution of Apache Hadoop. The Pivotal HD Data Service includes HDFS, YARN and MapReduce. It also includes HAWQ, Pivotal's high performance SQL database on HDFS and Pivotal's In-memory OLTP SQL processing engine GemFire XD.

Pivotal PCFHawq*Web is a browser based schema administration tool for HAWQ within Pivotal Cloud (more...)

Starting a Pivotal GemFireXD Distributed System from IntelliJ IDEA

The example below shows how you can start a Pivotal GemFireXD distributed system from IntelliJ IDEA. Here we will start a Locator which has Pulse enabled as well as one member. We use the following class method to achieve this from an IDE such as IntelliJ


1. Add the following to your maven POM file to ensure the correct libraries are present.

Starting a Pivotal GemFireXD server from Java

The FabricServer interface provides an easy way to start an embedded GemFire XD server process in an existing Java application.

In short code as follows will get you started. Use this in DEV/TEST scenarios not for production use.

import com.pivotal.gemfirexd.FabricServer;
import com.pivotal.gemfirexd.FabricServiceManager;

import java.sql.SQLException;
import java.util.Properties;

public class StartServer1
public static void main(String[] args) throws SQLException, InterruptedException {

Creating a WebLogic 12c Data Source Connection to Pivotal GemFireXD 1.3

I am going to show how you would create a WebLogic data source to Pivotal GemFireXD 1.3. In this example I am using the developer edition of Weblogic which known as "Free Oracle WebLogic Server 12c (12.1.3) Zip Distribution and Installers for Developers" You can download / configure it as follows.

Note: I am assuming you have WebLogic 12C running with GemFireXD also running. I am also (more...)

Using the tc Server build pack for Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.3

On Pivotal network you will find various build packs you can download and apply to PCF and use for your applications outside of the shipped build packs, using the link below.

I am going to show how you would take one of these build packs , install it and then consume it from an application. In this demo I am going to use "tc server buildpack (offline) v2.4"

1. (more...)

GemFireXD*Web announced on Pivotal Blog

Read about here.

Connecting to Pivotal Cloud Foundry Ops Metrics using Java VisualVM

The Pivotal Ops Metrics tool is a JMX extension for Elastic Runtime. Pivotal Ops Metrics collects and exposes system data from Cloud Foundry components via a JMX endpoint. Use this system data to monitor your installation and assist in troubleshooting. Below is the tile once installed and available with Pivotal Cloud Foundry Ops Manager

Once installed and configured, metrics for Cloud Foundry components automatically report to the JMX endpoint. Your JMX client uses the credentials (more...)

SQLShell accessing Pivotal GemFire XD 1.3

I stumbled open SQLShell recently as per the URL below. Below I will show how you can connect to Pivotal GemFireXD using SQLShell. I used this to export query results using CSV output.

Note: Assuming SQLShell is already installed and instructions below are for Mac OSX

1. Create a file in $HOME/.sqlshell/config as shown below, I just took the sample it ships with. Notice how I have added an alias (more...)

Spring XD Pivotal Gemfire Sink Demo

Spring XD is a unified, distributed, and extensible system for data ingestion, real time analytics, batch processing, and data export. The project's goal is to simplify the development of big data applications.

There are 2 implementation of the gemfire sink: gemfire-server and gemfire-json-server. They are identical except the latter converts JSON string payloads to a JSON document format proprietary to GemFire and provides JSON field access and query capabilities. If you are not using JSON, (more...)

Pivotal GemFire 8 – Starting a Locator / Cache Server in IntelliJ 13.x

In this post I am going to show how we can use the following classes to launch a Pivotal GemFire  locator / member from code directly within IntelliJ IDEA.

com.gemstone.gemfire.distributed.LocatorLauncher API
com.gemstone.gemfire.distributed.ServerLauncher API

1. Add the GemFire 8 maven REPO to your project to ensure we pull the required JAR files.
<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<project xmlns=""
xsi:schemaLocation="http://maven. (more...)

Creating a Pivotal GemFireXD Data Source Connection from IntelliJ IDEA 13.x

In order to create a Pivotal GemFireXD Data Source Connection from IntelliJ 13.x , follow the steps below. You will need to define a GemFireXD driver , prior to creating the Data Source itself.

1. Bring up the Databases panel.

2. Define a GemFireXD Driver as follows

3. Once defined select it by using the following options. Your using the Driver you created at #2 above

+ -> Data Source -> com.pivotal.gemfirexd.jdbc. (more...)

Variable in list with Postgres JDBC and Greenplum

I previously blogged on how to create a variable JDBC IN list with Oracle. Here is how you would do it with Pivotal Greenplum. Much easier , without having to write a function. In the Greenplum demo below we use the any function combined with string_to_array

Code as follows
import java.sql.*;
import java.sql.DriverManager;

* Created by papicella on 4/09/2014.
public class VariableInListGreenplum

public (more...)

REST with Pivotal GemFire 8.0

Pivotal GemFire 8.0 now includes REST support. You can read more about it as follows

Here is how we set it up and some quick examples showing how it works with some Region data
In the example below I have PDX setup for the cache servers as shown below.
"-//GemStone Systems, Inc.//GemFire Declarative Caching 8.0//EN"
<pdx read-serialized="true">

Dept/Emp POJO’s with sample data for Pivotal GemFire

I constantly blog about using DEPARTMENT/EMPLOYEE POJO'S with sample data. Here is how to create a file with data to load into GemFire to give you that sample set.

Note: You would need to create POJO'S for Department/Empployee objects that have getter/setter for the attributes mentioned below.

Dept Data

put --key=10 --value=('deptno':10,'name':'ACCOUNTING') --region=departments;
put --key=20 --value=('deptno':20,'name':'RESEARCH') --region=departments;
put --key=30 --value=('deptno':30,'name':'SALES') (more...)

Using HAWQ with PHD service in PCF 1.2

The following demo shows how to use the PCF 1.2 PHD service with HAWQ by loading data into the PCF PaaS platform.

1. First lets setup our ENV to use the correct version of HADOOP on our local laptop.

export HADOOP_INSTALL=/Users/papicella/vmware/software/hadoop/hadoop-2.0.5-alpha
export JAVA_HOME=/System/Library/Frameworks/JavaVM.framework/Versions/CurrentJDK/Home


export HADOOP_OPTS="$HADOOP_OPTS  -Djava.awt.headless=true"

export YARN_OPTS="$YARN_OPTS -Djava. (more...)

Pivotal Cloud Foundry Installed lets create an ORG / USER to get started

I installed Pivotal Cloud Foundry 1.2 recently and the commands below is what I run using the CLI to quickly create an ORG and a USER to get started with. Below assumes your connected as the ADMIN user to set a new ORG up.

Cloud Foundry CLI Commands as follows

cf api {cloud end point}
cf create-org pivotal
cf create-user pas pas
cf set-org-role pas pivotal OrgManager
cf target -o pivotal
cf create-space development

Pivotal GemFireXD*Web, Web based Interface For GemFireXD

Pivotal GemFire XD bridges GemFire’s proven in-memory intelligence and integrates it with Pivotal HD 2.0 and HAWQ. This enables businesses to make prescriptive decisions in real-time, such as stock trading, fraud detection, intelligence for energy companies, or routing for the telecom industries.

You can read more about how GemFireXD and it's integration with PHD here.

While development team worked on GemFireXD I produced another open source web based tool named GemFireXD*Web. (more...)