Get started with IBM Cloud – a student perspective

In this new blog post I want to address a common situation I see students facing: there are several cloud providers and you want to check out the different platforms. The reason is you want to be prepared; for example working with cloud resources related to courses at your university or for a hackathon. One of these cloud providers is IBM Cloud and this blog post is about how to get started with IBM Cloud. This is a tailored version of my blog post: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud for you as a student.

IBM Cloud provides a wide range and huge amount of different services, runtimes, and more. It covers both virtual and hardware –based servers on one demand cloud-platform, which means you have complete infrastructure control. One of the great things about IBM Cloud is that you can register for an account and try before you buy without needing a credit card.

From my point of view, one of the most important objectives for student is to have a running application instance live.

To do this you need a runtime 😉

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IBM Cloud Container Registry is Deprecating Container Builds

In this blog post I want to point out that I noticed that the IBM Cloud Container Registry is deprecating container builds.

If you don’t know the IBM Cloud Container Registry here are some useful features:

  • Threat insights – It provides advanced capabilities like vulnerability scanning, deployment policy enforcement, and comprehensive risk assessment and prioritization”
  • Integration – It ‘s the IBM Cloud preferred image registry; pre-integrated with the IBM Cloud Kubernetes Service for the DevOps workflow using IBM Open Toolchain or existing a CI/CD toolset.”
  • Security – It’s integrated with Identity and Access Manager and Resource Groups to provide fine-grained access controls to users within the IBM Cloud account.”
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Get your Java microservice up and running

In this blog post I want to highlight the news, that our tutorial Get your Java Microservice up and running is now available on IBM Developer.

After you complete this workshop, you will:

  • Understand the Java implementation of a cloud-native RESTful Java microservice built on the open technologies Eclipse MicroProfile and Open Liberty
  • Be able to describe how to effectively build and run a microservice on a local machine in a container
  • Understands the steps needed to deploy a single microservice to Kubernetes and on the IBM Cloud Kubernetes service

I hope this was useful for you and let’s see what’s next?

Greetings,

Thomas

#Java, #Microprofile, #Kubernetes, #Docker, #IBMCloud

Updated: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud?

In this new blog post I want to address a common situation for developers: You want to participate in a hackathon, and you plan to use IBM Cloud, but you have never used it before. How to prepare? So I created a newer version of my older blog post: How to prepare for a Hackathon with IBM Cloud 

IBM Cloud provides a huge amount of different services, runtimes, and more. From my point of view, one of the most important objectives in a hackathon is:

Run your developed application instance live! To do this you need a runtime 😉

Let’s start with the basics

Let’s get a basic understanding of what does IBM Cloud provide and where to find how to’s?

The IBM Cloud catalog gives you an entry point to find Cloud Services, Software and Consulting, which are organized by different categories like containers, storage and more as you see in the gif below.

IBM Cloud has a very good entry point for new users with the getting started page. The page is structured in five major steps.

ibmcloud-starting-point
  1. Explore IBM Cloud
  2. See cloud essentials
  3. Start building
  4. Helpful resources
  5. Get community support

The gif below shows the navigation going through the different steps on the getting started page.

ibmcloud-get-starter

Free online trainings

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Get your Java Microservice up and running!

In this blog post I want to highlight the hands-on workshop “Get your Java Microservice up and running!“, now available in GitBook . That workshop demonstrates how to build a Microservice with Java and how to deploy the Microservice Kubernetes on the IBM Cloud. The Microservice in this workshop is kept as simple as possible, so that it can be used as a starting point for other Microservices. The Microservice has been developed with Java EE, OpenLiberty and Eclipse MicroProfile.

The workshop is a part of the open source project Cloud Native Starter, which contains sample code that demonstrates how to get started with cloud-native applications and Microservice based architectures.
The Workshop has a related badge called Cloud Native Starter Level 1. This badge is available at Acclaim. In the related quiz you can verify your knowledge you achieved in the workshop.

The gif below show some major steps in the hands-on workshop. You will develop locally a Java Microservice and deploy that Microservice to a free Kubernetes Cluster on IBM Cloud.

microservice docker java kubernetes deployment

I hope this was useful for you and let’s see what’s next?

Greetings,

Thomas

#microprofile, #java, #ibmcloud, #openliberty, #microservices, #kubernetes

Run a PostgreSQL container as a non-root user in OpenShift

In this blog post I want to point out a simple topic: How to run a simple PostgreSQL Docker image as a non-productive container in OpenShift? As you maybe know, OpenShift doesn’t allow by default to run container images as root.

The image below shows the result of the simply deployed postgreSQL image from dockerhub.

postgres openshift root user ibmcloud

It’s possible to enable images to run as root on OpenShift, that’s documented in the OpenShift documentation here, by adding a service account.

But, in this blog post we choose an alternative way, where we don’t change the security in OpenShift, here we will customize the postgreSQL Docker image a bit. We will follow the steps to create a postgreSQL database on OpenShift, along the creation of the database called postgreSQL database-articles for the Cloud Native Starter reactive example .

These are the major steps:

  1. Write the specifications and configurations  for:
    1. … the Dockerfile
    2. … the  yaml with a Kubernetes Deployment and a Kubernetes Service specification
  2. Execute the oc CLI commands to:
    1. … create a OpenShift project
    2. … create a OpenShift build configuration
    3. … start the build
    4. … apply the Deployment and Service specification
    5. … expose the Service

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Setup a MongoDB in less than 4 min on a free IBM Cloud Kubernetes cluster at a Hackathon

In this blog post I want to highlight that I just created a GitHub project and a 10 min YouTube video to “How to setup mongoDB in less than 4 min on a free IBM Cloud Kubernetes cluster at a Hackathon”.

My objective is to provide a small guide, how to setup a MongoDB server and Mongo UI (Mongo-Express)  on a free IBM Cloud Kubernetes cluster and when you don’t want to use the existing MongoDB service on IBM Cloud.

On the free IBM Cloud Kubernetes cluster:  No persistent volume claims are used. So, keep in mind, if your Pod in Kubernetes crashes the data of the database is lost.

Based on the “security feature” of the MongoDB default port 27017, you need to run the application to access the MongoDB server in the Kubernetes cluster .

In other words, your UI application has to access the database with a server application, which also runs on the free Kubernetes cluster (like the Mongo UI (Mongo-Express)  in that example here). You should implement a backend for frontend architecture.

The YouTube video shows the setup and a description how it works.

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Invoke reactive Endpoints with Quarkus and MicroProfile

In this blog post I want to point out that I just created a 15 min YouTube video related to the great Hands-on workshop: Reactive Endpoints with Quarkus on OpenShift. In this video you can watch and follow the steps of the exercise 3 “Invoke Endpoints reactively”. Niklas wrote a great blog post about the topic of that exercise. This is the name and link of his blog post Invoking REST APIs asynchronously with Quarkus.

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