How to use environment variables to make a containerized Quarkus application more flexible

This blog post addresses the topic, how to use environment variables to make a containized Quarkus application more flexible. We will touch following technologies QuarkusOpenJ9 Java runtimeMicroProfileDockerfile definition and Code Engine.

When you run a containerized application on a container orchestration platform like KubernetesOpen Shift or with a serverless framework like Knative or Code Engine or on other platforms, it is helpful to pass endpoints to other applications to the containerized application by using environment variables. When the container will be restarted, these variables can be provided to the container and no adjustment in the source code is necessary. You can use configmaps or in Code Engine simple the environment variable itself.

We will follow along an application example for the implementation and the example source code you find in the Get started to deploy a Java Microservices application to Code Engine workshop. (or the direct link to the used file in the GitHub repository is provided in the blog post itself)

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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

Reactive programming is about messages, futures, events, channels and streams

In this blog post I want to point out the topic of the open sourced Reactive Cloud Native Starter example with Java backend Microservices and a Vue.js frontend web application. The gif below shows the example application. The application simply displays Articles and Authors information on a web page. You also see the creation of Articles with cURL commands in a terminal session and the UI is updated automatically.
(the gif is from the Cloud Native Starter project)

reactive demo
That example was mainly developed by Niklas Heidloff. He wrote a lot of very useful blog posts like Development of Reactive Applications with Quarkus related to that topic.

In this blog post I show, what could be useful to know, when you start with this Cloud Native Starter example for reactive programming to create and consume reactive RESTful APIs in an asynchronous way. I will also give a brief overview of the steps to create an article in the example application.

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Getting started to secure a simple Java Microservice with Keycloak, MicroProfile and OpenLiberty

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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Develop reactive Endpoints with Quarkus

In this blog post I want to point out that I just created a 12 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 2 “Develop reactive Endpoints”. Niklas wrote a great blog post about the topic of that exercise. This is the name and link of his blog post Developing reactive REST APIs with Quarkus.

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How to setup the reactive Cloud Native Starter sample application on OpenShift in IBM Cloud

In this blog post I want to point out that I just created a 5 min YouTube video related to the great Hands-on workshop: Reactive Endpoints with Quarkus on OpenShift. In that short video I show the setup of the example application to show reactive programming.

The image below shows the major architecture of the reactive programming example. There are three Java Microservices, one Vue.js UI application and two infrastructure components running on OpenShift (Kubernetes).

reactive-architecture

 


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

Greetings,

Thomas

PS:  You can try out Cloud Foundry Apps or Kubernetes on IBM Cloud. By the way, you can use the IBM Cloud for free, if you simply create an IBM Lite account. Here you only need an e-mail address.

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