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… Read More


….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… Read More


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… Read More


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. … Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More


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… Read More