Integrating Telstra Public SMS API into Bluemix

In the post below I will show how I integrated Telstra public SMS Api into my Bluemix catalog to be consumed as a service. This was all done from Public Bluemix using the Cloud Integration Service.

Step 1 - Create a T.DEV account

In order to get started you need to create an account on http://dev.telstra.com in order to be granted access to the SMS API. Once access is granted you need (more...)

IntelliJ IDEA 14.1.4 adds Spring Initializr

Just upgraded to to Intellij IDEA 14.1.4 and found that the Spring Initializr web page for quickly creating spring boot applications has been added to the New Project dialog. The web site I normally drive new spring boot applications from as follows, is now part of IntelliJ IDEA which is great.

http://start.spring.io/

Some screen shots of this.





IBM Bluemix Garage New Website

If you keen to know more about the IBM Bluemix garage which is also coming to melbourneshortly this URL is the main page for that. Some good videos here detailing what the Garage stands for.

https://www.ibm.com/cloud-computing/bluemix/garage/

Using a Tomcat provided buildpack in Bluemix

By default if you push a java application into public Bluemix you will use the Liberty java buildpack. If you want to use tomcat you can do that as follows.

1. Show the buildpacks available as follows

> cf buildpacks

2. The buildpack which uses Tomcat is as follows

java_buildpack

3. Specify you would like to use the buildpack as shown below when using

cf push pas-props -d mybluemix.net -i 1 -m 256M -b (more...)

Using JRE 1.8 for the Liberty Buildpack in Bluemix

The latest Liberty biuldpack update now adds the ability to switch to JRE 1.8 runtime. Given I am now switching to JDK 1.8 for all my projects this has come in very handy, and of course Spring Boot favors JDK 1.8 as well. The default is still JRE 1.7 so to switch to 1.8 set an ENV variable as follows in your manifest.yml as shown below.

manifest.yml

applications:
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Bluemix – Adding a Spring Boot application to IBM Bluemix DevOps project

I have a few Spring Boot applications which I would like to add to my IBM DevOps Jazzhub projects. The following shows how to do this.

Note: It's assumed you have the following to do this.
  • Jazzhub DevOps account. https://hub.jazz.net/
  • Existing Spring Boot application project
  • Git client installed
1. Log into Jazz Hub using the URL below.

https://hub.jazz.net/

2. Create a new project using the "+ Create Project" button




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ASP.NET 5 IBM Bluemix Demo

The following demo is using the same code IBM Bluemix created when using the Experimental ASP .NET 5 runtime. This can be done using the CF CLI where we clone the project from jazzhub git repository.



Steps

1. Clone a sample project as follows

pas@Pass-MacBook-Pro:~/bluemix-apps/DOTNET$ git clone https://hub.jazz.net/git/pasapples/pas-donet-demo.git
Cloning into 'pas-donet-demo'...
remote: Counting objects: 24, done
remote: Finding sources: 100% (24/24)
remote: Total 24 (delta 0), reused 24 (delta 0)
Unpacking objects: (more...)

Accessing your Cloud Integration API end point from Javascript

I previously created a Cloud Integration endpoint using a Bluemix Application Itself. The application was a Sprint Boot application exposing a single REST endpoint. The screen shots below show what has been added to the Catalog as private API's in my organization. The demo below shows how to access the API using a Javascript client in this case NodeJS from the command line.





Here is how we can access that API using a Javascript SDK (more...)

Auto Scaling Service within Bluemix

I decided to test out the Auto Scale service in IBM Bluemix following this example which shows how to also use the Blazemeter service to Load test the application to simulate extra memory requirement on the application.

https://developer.ibm.com/bluemix/2015/04/03/handle-unexpected-bluemix-auto-scaling/

The demo is quite straight forward to setup and the screen shots below show what the service output gives in terms of auto scaling history and of course metric statistics for the selected policy configuration.

Policy Configuration



Metrics Statistics



Scaling History


Deploying a Python application to IBM Bluemix

The following simple example shows how to push the basic hello world Python application to IBM Bluemix. We use the buildpack below.

https://github.com/heroku/heroku-buildpack-python.git

1. Create a file called requirements.txt

pas@pass-mbp:~/bluemix-apps/python-demo$ cat requirements.txt
Flask==0.10.1


2. Create a file called runtime.txt to detail the Python version to use

pas@pass-mbp:~/bluemix-apps/python-demo$ cat runtime.txt
python-2.6.5


3. Push the application using the buildpack above.

pas@pass-mbp:~/bluemix-apps/python-demo$ cf push pas-phython-demo -m 128m -b (more...)

A Meteor buildpack for Bluemix to simplify the deployment

I previously blogged about deploying a Meteor application to Bluemix as follows

http://theblasfrompas.blogspot.com.au/2015/04/deploying-simple-meteor-application-to.html

The following Buildpack created by an Internal IBM employee streamlines the process of deployment and avoids the need for ENV variables with the pushed application, here;s how. It's also detailed in the GitHub buildpack URL below.

https://github.com/bancha001/bluemix-buildpack-meteor

1. Create .cfignore to exclude the path 'local' to be uploaded

pas@pass-mbp:~/ibm/software/meteor/simple-todos$ cat .cfignore
.meteor/local


2. Create a manifest.yml (more...)

Deploying a simple Meteor Application To IBM Bluemix

In this post I show what is necessary to deploy a simple Meteor application to IBM Bluemix public instance. In this example we already have a simple Meteor application we have tested and verified using "meteor" itself , running on localhost at port 3000.

1. Lets remove the local DB files, be careful as this will remove the local DB so you should do this when your ready to deploy to Bluemix only.

pas@pass-mbp:~/ibm/software/meteor/myfirst_app$ meteor (more...)

Bluemix IBM Containers Simple NodeJS Demo

I decided to give the IBM Containers service a quick test drive today. I used this very simple example available at the following GitHub URL

https://github.com/Samze/ibm-containers-simple-node-example

1. Clone the source code as follows

pas@192-168-1-4:~/temp$ git clone https://github.com/Samze/ibm-containers-simple-node-example
Cloning into 'ibm-containers-simple-node-example'...
remote: Counting objects: 63, done.
remote: Total 63 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 63
Unpacking objects: 100% (63/63), done.
Checking connectivity... done.


2. Build as shown below.

pas@Pass-MacBook-Pro:~/bluemix-apps/CONTAINERS/ibm-containers-simple-node-example$ docker build -t (more...)

IBM Bluemix demo using IBM Watson Personality Insights service

The IBM Watson Personality Insights service uses linguistic analysis to extract cognitive and social characteristics from input text such as email, text messages, tweets, forum posts, and more. By deriving cognitive and social preferences, the service helps users to understand, connect to, and communicate with other people on a more personalized level.

1. Clone the GitHub repo as shown below.

pas@192-168-1-4:~/bluemix-apps/watson$ git clone https://github.com/watson-developer-cloud/personality-insights-nodejs.git
Cloning into 'personality-insights-nodejs'...
remote: Counting objects: 84, done.
remote: (more...)

IBM Bluemix demo using IBM Watson Tradeoff Analytics Service

The IBM Watson Tradeoff Analytics service helps you make better choices under multiple conflicting goals. The service combines smart visualization and recommendations for tradeoff exploration.

The following demo application shows how to use the IBM Watson Tradeoff Analytics Service from IBM Bluemix. This is the demo application for this service.

1. Clone the GitHub project as shown below.

pas@pass-mbp:~/bluemix-apps/watson$ git clone https://github.com/watson-developer-cloud/tradeoff-analytics-nodejs.git
Cloning into 'tradeoff-analytics-nodejs'...
remote: Counting objects: 112, done.
remote: Total 112 (more...)

Adding MySQL driver to Spring Boot CLI Groovy Demo

I previously showed how you can use the Spring Boot CLI to create a simple Restful Application saying Hello World as shown in the link below using Groovy.

http://theblasfrompas.blogspot.com.au/2015/02/spring-boot-hello-world-from-command.html

If you wanted to extend that demo to include additional dependencies JAR file such as MySQL driver jar file we would do the following

1. You can add extensions to the CLI using the install command as shown below to add MySQL (more...)

Reading VCAP_SERVICES Postgresql service credentials within Bluemix

The following shows how you can easily read the VCAP_SERVICES postgresql credentials within your Java Code using the maven repo. This assumes your using the ElephantSQL Postgresql service. A single connection won't be ideal but for demo purposes might just be all you need.

1. First add the maven dependency as follows. This will add WebSphere Application Server Liberty Profile to your project
  
<dependency>
<groupId>com.ibm.tools.target</groupId>
<artifactId>was-liberty</artifactId>
<version>LATEST</version>
<type>pom</type>
<scope>provided</scope>
</dependency>

2. In (more...)

Spring Boot – Hello World from the command line to IBM Bluemix in 1 minute

Here is how simple Spring Boot makes saying Hello World web based application with no IDE and no no need to package it up. Nearly as easy as NodeJS

1. Firstly install the Spring Boot CLI. From mac use brew as follows

pas@192-168-1-4:~$ brew tap pivotal/tap
Cloning into '/usr/local/Library/Taps/pivotal/homebrew-tap'...
remote: Counting objects: 366, done.
remote: Total 366 (delta 0), reused 0 (delta 0), pack-reused 366
Receiving objects: 100% (366/366), 60.09 KiB | 84.00 (more...)

IBM Bluemix – Deploy your app the way you want

We recently upgraded our capability in the IBM public cloud. Before this new version you could build, test, and deploy apps on Bluemix by using open source Cloud Foundry technology. But now you have more choice bringing two new options as follows

1. IBM Containers Beta

Use IBM Containers to run apps and services in a hosted cloud environment. Port your existing applications to IBM Bluemix and make them publicly accessible and composable. Use a (more...)

Creating an IBM Bluemix Server Connection from Eclipse

The post below shows how to create an IBM Bluemix server connection into the USA public hosted PaaS using Eclipse. It assumes you already have an existing account setup with http://bluemix.net/

1. Ensure you have added "IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix" as shown in the marketplace installed items.


More info can be found here.

http://marketplace.eclipse.org/content/ibm-eclipse-tools-bluemix

2. In the "Servers" tab click the link to create a new server (more...)