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Build A Translation REST API With Watson, Node-RED, and Bluemix
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IBM Bluemix Keynote From The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference
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Easily Secure Your Bluemix Apps With Auth0
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Bluemix Java Developers: Your life just got a little easier!
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Release Your Inner Developer Advocate!
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Performing Zero Downtime Deployments From IBM DevOps Services To Bluemix
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IBM Bluemix Keynote From The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference
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Building and Deploying Maven Projects To Bluemix With IBM DevOps Services
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Build A Translation REST API With Watson, Node-RED, and Bluemix
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Building REST APIs With Spring Boot
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Easily Secure Your Bluemix Apps With Auth0
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Release Your Inner Developer Advocate!
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Building “Bootiful” Java Apps
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Ryan- Baxter
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Build A Translation REST API With Watson, Node-RED, and Bluemix
Tue, Apr 28th 2015 9:17a   Ryan- Baxter
Today I was looking at some of the new Watson nodes for Node-RED created by my colleague James Thomas and was presently surprised how easy it was to start using the Watson services in Node-RED.  (I am not sure why, I was surprised everything in Node-RED seems to be easy)  For one of my upcoming presentations I put together a simple flow for a REST API that uses the Watson Machine Translation service in order to translate text POSTed to an API endpoint.  Below is a video I created of how easy
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Performing Zero Downtime Deployments From IBM DevOps Services To Bluemix
Wed, Apr 15th 2015 2:57p   Ryan- Baxter
In my previous blog post I showed how to setup a deployment pipeline in IBM DevOps Services for a Maven project.  The problem with that pipeline was that while the deployment is happening your application is unavaialable.  Obviously in a production situation this is unacceptable, we need our application to be available 100% of the time (or as close to that number as possible).  Luckily Bluemix allows us to map the same route to multiple applications allowing us to take advantage of the Cloud
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Building and Deploying Maven Projects To Bluemix With IBM DevOps Services
Thu, Apr 9th 2015 9:10a   Ryan- Baxter
Recently I had gotten a couple questions regarding how to build and deploy a Maven project to IBM Bluemix using IBM DevOps Services.  It is actually very simple to do, especially if you are familiar with the Maven and Cloud Foundry CLIs.  Below are two videos on how to setup a build and deploy stage for your Maven projects.
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IBM Bluemix Keynote From The O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference
Thu, Mar 19th 2015 7:34a   Ryan- Baxter
Yesterday during the keynote at the O’Reilly Software Architecture Conference in Boston MA, my colleague Mark Vanderwiele gave a 5 minute keynote talk on IBM Bluemix, Watson, and IoT.  Mark demoed an app our team had put together using IBM Watson’s speech to text and text to speech services to control a Sphero Ball using the IBM IoT Foundation.   You can watch a replay of the keynote below.
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Easily Secure Your Bluemix Apps With Auth0
Wed, Mar 4th 2015 2:01a   Ryan- Baxter
A topic that often comes up when I speak to other developers building apps on Bluemix is authentication.  Many developers are comfortable with securing their apps in traditional development models.  In the cloud, authentication is often slightly different.  For example, you must store session data in an external data store instead of relying on what the app container provides.  When you want to connect to an existing LDAP, Active Directory, or SAML service, that is even more daunting Rec
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Bluemix Java Developers: Your life just got a little easier!
Mon, Mar 2nd 2015 11:00a   Ryan- Baxter
….well I hope anyways This week I got around to open sourcing a project I have been working and using for a little while.  The project is called Bluemix Cloud Connectors.  The libraries in this project are meant to make accessing credentials bound to your Java apps in Bluemix a little easier. What about auto-configuration you say? Well I personally was never a fan of the auto-configuration that happens when you use the Liberty buildpack in Bluemix.  Don’t get me wrong, it is nice
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Release Your Inner Developer Advocate!
Fri, Feb 27th 2015 2:52p   Ryan- Baxter
This year at IBM Interconnect I did my first Ignite talk.  If you are not familiar with what an Ignite talk is, check out this video on how to give one. The basic idea is that you have 5 minutes and 20 slides to talk about your topic.  The slides advance every 15 seconds, so that makes things a little more interesting but helps you stay on point My Ignite talk was titled “Release Your Inner Developer Advocate” and focused on why every developer should be a developer advocate.
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Bluemix Is Evolving…In A Good Way
Mon, Feb 23rd 2015 1:53p   Ryan- Baxter
A year ago when Bluemix was first released in beta it was marketed as a word class enterprise platform-as-a-service in the public cloud.  Over the past year Bluemix has evolved in many ways, but two of them have started Bluemix down the path of being more than just a public PaaS. First, we introduced Bluemix dedicated.  Bluemix dedicated was a private single tenant instance of Bluemix running in our Softlayer data centers.  This helped address some concerns from customers about having th
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Deploying Spring Boot Apps To Bluemix
Mon, Feb 2nd 2015 9:36a   Ryan- Baxter
In my previous three posts (Building “Bootiful” Java Apps, Building REST APIs With Spring Boot, Securing REST APIs With Spring Boot) I have described how to build and secure a Spring Boot app. In the final post in this series we will deploy the app to IBM Bluemix. If you don’t already have a Bluemix account you can register for a free 30 day trial. Spring Boot apps can be packaged as either a war or a jar, however there is a small benefit to deploying your application as a
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Want To Learn About Microservices At IBM InterConnect? Vote Now!
Mon, Jan 26th 2015 3:25p   Ryan- Baxter
IBM InterConnect, IBM’s cloud and mobile conference, is about a month away at this point.  At this years event there is a mini developer focused event called Dev@InterConnect.  It is kind of like a conference inside a conference in that it is 2 days of all developer focused topics.  The first day consists of different “camps”.  There are camps on cloud, mobile, Watson, and DevOps.  On day two there will be what we are calling “Open Talk” sessions.  The Open Ta
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Sample Node-RED Flow Using Websockets
Tue, Jan 13th 2015 9:11a   Ryan- Baxter
I have been using Node-RED as part of Bluemix for a while now, it is super easy to build some pretty powerful applications by just dragging, dropping, and configuring “nodes” right in your browser.  90% of the time you don’t need to write any code, and when you do, the code is very simplistic.  I find Node-RED to be a great tool for getting something up an running quickly, for example when building a prototype or participating in a hackathon.  In a couple weeks I will be doi
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Securing REST APIs With Spring Boot
Tue, Jan 6th 2015 7:14a   Ryan- Baxter
In my previous post I described how to build REST APIs with Spring Boot.  One glaring omission to that post was security.  Security can be a daunting part of building any app because if you get it wrong there are huge implications.  Luckily with Spring Boot, like with most other things, adding security to your applications is pretty simple. All you need to do is add a dependency to your Maven POM.  If we take the project from the previous blog post all you need to add is org.springframewor
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Building REST APIs With Spring Boot
Wed, Dec 17th 2014 10:11a   Ryan- Baxter
Building upon my previous blog post on Spring Boot, I would now like to talk about building REST APIs with Spring Boot.  For the past 3 years or so, I have not created a web application that did not have REST APIs.  REST has become the go to way for building web services in today’s applications.  I am not going to spend time discussing what REST is or why it is so popular so if you are not familiar with REST and the benefits of building REST APIs there are plenty of good resources out
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Building “Bootiful” Java Apps
Mon, Dec 8th 2014 10:11a   Ryan- Baxter
A few months ago when I started to learn Node.js I came across code that looked like thisvar http = require('http'); http.createServer(function (req, res) {   res.writeHead(200, {'Content-Type': 'text/plain'});   res.end('Hello World'); }).listen(3000);If you are not familiar with JavaScript, this code starts an HTTP server running on localhost at port 3000 and when you hit http://localhost:3000 it returns the string “Hello World”. This code isn’t really impress
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Dedicated Bluemix Instances On Softlayer And Bluemix UK
Fri, Nov 21st 2014 5:12a   Ryan- Baxter
Greetings from Strata + Hadoop Worlds in Barcelona Spain.  Yesterday was a big day for Bluemix with two major announcements. The first announcement was the addition of a new Bluemix “region” in the UK.  At a high level, this means that you can now deploy and run your apps within our UK data center.  This will obviously helps with latency concerns for users you may have in the UK region.  Deploying apps to the UK data center in the Bluemix UI is as simple as selecting the the UK r
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Updated: Bluemix and the Internet of Things
Wed, Nov 12th 2014 2:22p   Ryan- Baxter
A few weeks ago we moved the Internet of Things service out of beta indicating it was ready for prime time.  This was exciting news except for the fact that it introduced some breaking changes, code written against the beta IoT service would most likely not work with the new service.  This included code I had written a few months ago to demonstrate the beta IoT service.  I finally had some time to go back and update this code so it works with the new IoT service.  The new code is now availab
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Accessing Application Logs In Bluemix
Wed, Oct 29th 2014 10:14a   Ryan- Baxter
Being able to view your application’s log files is essential for any developer.  Developers use their log statements to gain insight into what is happening in their application throughout the application lifecycle.  Accessing your logs when running your application locally is easy, but when the application is deployed to a remote server things get a little bit trickier.  In the past, when deploying your app to your own infrastructure or even infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS) you could acce
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Why I Have Started To Embrace The Command Line
Wed, Oct 1st 2014 12:11p   Ryan- Baxter
Last night my tweet inspired a debate on Twitter about the use of the command line.  Oddly enough I was in a meeting with a customer yesterday and due to some problem I encountered during my demo I had to open the command line.  Once I did this he immediately asked me “Do I need to use the command line?”.  (As a side note the person who asked this question was not a developer or system admin.)   In addition a few weeks ago at MWLUG, Nathan Freeman, who I have the utmost respect
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Using Your Domino Data In Apps Deployed To Bluemix
Mon, Sep 22nd 2014 6:11a   Ryan- Baxter
Over the past few weeks I have done presentations on Bluemix at two ICS user groups, MWLUG and ICONUK.  I did pretty much the same presentation at both mainly focused on introducing developers to Bluemix.  Obviously, since these user groups are focused mainly around ICS, there is interest in how Domino and XPages fits into the Bluemix story.  Well as of right now you cannot deploy your XPages apps to Bluemix.  However, Kramer Reeves announced at MWLUG that ICS is investigating how to make th
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Achieving The Elusive Hybrid Cloud With Bluemix
Thu, Aug 28th 2014 6:12a   Ryan- Baxter
Public clouds are great.  They offer great elasticity and cost savings, and in the case of a PaaS like Bluemix, allows us (developers) to forget about maintaining any infrastructure and focus in on our code.  However we all realize that public cloud can’t be used for everything.  There are some applications and services that must remain in our own data centers on private networks.  The reasons why vary, maybe it is too much work to move the resource to the cloud, or maybe the data in t
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Bluemix Session At MWLUG
Mon, Aug 25th 2014 10:12a   Ryan- Baxter
Tomorrow I will be heading out to Grand Rapid MI to attend and speak at MWLUG (Midwest Lotus User Group).  If you are attending and would like to learn more about Bluemix, IBM’s new platform for deploying applications to the cloud, be sure to stop by my session at 11AM on Thursday. Achieving Developer Nirvana With Codename BlueMix BlueMix is a platform for composing and running virtually any application in the cloud without having to worry about the hardware, software, and networking nee
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Upcoming Bluemix Days For My Canadian Friends
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 6:12p   Ryan- Baxter
If you live “north of the border” (to me anyways) there are a number of Bluemix Days that are coming up that you might be interested in attending.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about Bluemix and get started building your first app.  See the below flyer for more details and dates.
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Webinar: Building Highly Scalable Applications With Bluemix
Mon, Aug 11th 2014 8:12a   Ryan- Baxter
The elasticity of the cloud is a huge selling point for most developers when considering where to deploy their applications.  The ability to add and remove instances of your application based on the load against it saves you a lot of time and money.  However you can’t just deploy any application to the cloud and expect it will behave properly when scaled horizontally.  In fact, if you didn’t think about scalability when building your application chances are your application will b
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Replay of the Bluemix Virtual Meetup on Mobile Services
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:12a   Ryan- Baxter
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jut0gHtAhgk
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Watch Today’s Bluemix Virtual Meetup Live On YouTube
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 7:12a   Ryan- Baxter
You can watch today’s Bluemix Virtual Meetup on mobile cloud services live at 10 AM EST on YouTube.  There are 3 options for watching. Watch out on the YouTube page. Watch on the Google+ page.  If you watch on Google+ you will be able to ask questions. Watch right here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jut0gHtAhgk
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Build a REST API For Your IoT Data Using MongoDB, Node-RED, and Bluemix
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 8:16a   Ryan- Baxter
In my previous post I talked about how to use the IBM IoT Cloud and Bluemix to build apps based on data coming from an TI Sensor Tag.  One of the apps I showed was Node-RED, however it was ver basic in that it only printed the data to a debug node.  In this video I show you how you can store that data in a MongoDB and create a REST API for the data all in Node-RED without writing any code!  Enjoy! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LBZagavmxY
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Bluemix ToDo App Updates
Fri, Jul 18th 2014 10:15a   Ryan- Baxter
The ToDo apps for Bluemix was one of the first sample projects I published after becoming a developer advocate for Bluemix.  Even though the apps are simple, I still think they are some of the most meaningful samples we have.  Today I have made them even better  Since Bluemix went GA we introduced the MongoLab service and an enhanced Cloudant service.  I have decided to change the ToDo apps so they take advantage of both of these new services. Why change something that is already good?  T
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Bluemix and the Internet of Things
Wed, Jul 16th 2014 10:11a   Ryan- Baxter
Want to take a guess as to how many devices will be connected to the internet by the end of 2015?  Give up?  15 billion.  Yup ,that’s right, that is 15 followed by 9 zeros.  By 2020 that number will increase to 40 billion! All of these devices make up what is called the internet of things.  As you might imagine with the number of devices growing there have been a number of new technologies emerging that help developers connect and use the data comming from these devices.  One of the
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Bluemix Virtual Meetup – Mobile Cloud Services
Mon, Jun 30th 2014 8:11a   Ryan- Baxter
We have scheduled our next Bluemix virtual meetup for July 23rd at 10 AM EST.  We will again be using Google Hangouts (hopefully without the audio problems this time).  For this meetup we will be focusing on the mobile cloud services in Bluemix, there will be plenty of information and demos to help you get started.  At the last virtual meetup we had a lot of questions on mobile so I figured this would be a good topic.  You can download this .ics file to add the event to your calendar and be
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Using Custom Domain Names In Bluemix
Mon, Jun 23rd 2014 6:12a   Ryan- Baxter
One of the more common questions I get about using Bluemix is “How do I use my own domain names for my apps in Bluemix?”.  Bluemix allows you to bind multiple routes to any given application so in addition to the mybluemix.net route your application has you can bind any number of other routes as well whether they use the mybluemix.net domain name or your own domain name.  Here is a short video of how you can use your own domain names in your application routes. http://www.youtube.c
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Using The Mobile Data Service In Bluemix
Thu, Jun 19th 2014 8:14a   Ryan- Baxter
I have stated to look at the mobile services that are within Bluemix and experiment with how developers can use them in their mobile apps.  I decided to start with the Mobile Data service.  This service provides SDKs for iOS and Android (as well as ones for Node.js and client-side Javascript) which allow you to perform basic CRUD operations from your mobile app.  However before I got started playing with the Mobile Data service I needed a mobile app to experiment with.  Since I am an Apple u
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Access Service Info With Spring Cloud
Wed, Jun 4th 2014 9:15a   Ryan- Baxter
Adding services to your application to integrate additional functionality is one of the primary benefits of using a PaaS like Bluemix.  Whether that is a database, a mobile push service, or some type of analytics service, you just pick what you need and bind them to your application.  You don’t have to install software of setup VMs, just point and click.  After you have done that you are always faced with the same problem, you now need to access the service info in the VCAP_SERVICES env
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Bluemix YouTube Playlist!!!
Mon, Jun 2nd 2014 8:15a   Ryan- Baxter
I have created a Bluemix YouTube playlist and I have been adding videos related to Bluemix as I come across them.  There are 32 videos in the playlist as of this post and I am sure that number will grow over time.  If you have videos you would like to me add let me know.




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