Essentials of Cloud Application Development on IBM Bluemix

An IBM Redbooks publication

Published 07 August 2017

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ISBN-10: 0738442666
ISBN-13: 9780738442662
IBM Form #: SG24-8374-01
(182 pages)

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Authors: Ahmed Azraq, Hala A. Aziz, Mohamed El-Khouly, Sally Fikry, Ahmed S. Hassan, Ben Smith


This IBM® Redbooks® publication is based on the Presentations Guide of the course Essentials of Cloud Application Development on IBM Bluemix that was developed by the IBM Redbooks team in partnership with IBM Skills Academy Program.

This course is designed to teach university students the basic skills that are required to develop, deploy, and test cloud-based applications that use the IBM Bluemix® cloud services.

The primary target audience for this course is university students in undergraduate computer science and computer engineer programs with no previous experience working in cloud environments. However, anyone new to cloud computing can also benefit from this course.

After completing this course, you should be able to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Define cloud computing
  • Describe the factors that lead to the adoption of cloud computing
  • Describe the choices that developers have when creating cloud applications
  • Describe infrastructure as a service, platform as a service, and software as a service
  • Describe IBM Bluemix and its architecture
  • Identify the runtimes and services that IBM Bluemix offers
  • Describe IBM Bluemix infrastructure types
  • Create an application in IBM Bluemix
  • Describe the IBM Bluemix dashboard, catalog, and documentation features
  • Explain how the application route is used to test an application from the browser
  • Create services in IBM Bluemix
  • Describe how to bind services to an application in IBM Bluemix
  • Describe the environment variables that are used with IBM Bluemix services
  • Explain what are IBM Bluemix organizations, domains, spaces, and users
  • Describe how to create an IBM SDK for Node.js application that runs on IBM Bluemix
  • Explain how to manage your IBM Bluemix account with the Cloud Foundry CLI
  • Describe how to set up and use the IBM Bluemix plug-in for Eclipse
  • Describe the role of Node.js for server-side scripting
  • Describe IBM Bluemix DevOps Services and the capabilities of IBM DevOps Services
  • Identify the Web IDE features in IBM Bluemix DevOps
  • Describe how to connect a Git repository client to Bluemix DevOps Services project
  • Explain the pipeline build and deploy processes that IBM Bluemix DevOps Services use
  • Describe how IBM Bluemix DevOps Services integrate with the IBM Bluemix cloud
  • Describe the agile planning tools in IBM Bluemix
  • Describe the characteristics of REST APIs
  • Explain the advantages of the JSON data format
  • Describe an example of REST APIs using Watson
  • Describe the main types of data services in IBM Bluemix
  • Describe the benefits of IBM Cloudant®
  • Explain how Cloudant databases and documents are accessed from IBM Bluemix
  • Describe how to use REST APIs to interact with Cloudant database
  • Describe Bluemix mobile backend as a service (MBaaS) and the MBaaS architecture
  • Describe the Push Notifications service
  • Describe the App ID service
  • Describe the Kinetise service
  • Describe how to create Bluemix Mobile applications by using MobileFirst Services Starter Boilerplate

The workshop materials were created in June 2017. Therefore, all IBM Bluemix features that are described in this Presentations Guide and IBM Bluemix user interfaces that are used in the examples are current as of June 2017.

Table of contents

Unit 1. Introduction to cloud computing and IBM Bluemix
Unit 2. Getting started with IBM Bluemix
Unit 3. Developing IBM Bluemix applications from a local workstation
Unit 4. Using IBM Bluemix DevOps services
Unit 5. REST architecture and Watson APIs
Unit 6. Introduction to data services in IBM Bluemix
Unit 7. IBM Bluemix mobile backend as a service

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