Pictures from IBM Bluemix at JAX in Germany

By Niklas Heidloff, posted on Apr 24, 2015

This week the JAX conference took place in Mainz, Germany. JAX describes itself as "the leading conference for enterprise technology, software architecture, agility and Java in Europe". The conference covers the topics Java, Enterprise, Web, Mobile, Internet of Things and Big Data. To me it felt like this year half of the sessions were related to Docker and/or microservices.

IBM had a booth, we did two lotteries and we gave a keynote and two sessions. I really liked the event. We had a lot of traffic at our booth and really good discussions, the attendees were the people we are targeting - developers - and the organization including location, receptions, etc. was very good too. Below are some pictures from the event.

Our team: Rene Meyer, Thomas Bueck, Anna Bekkerman, Ryan Baxter and myself. Missing on this picture are David Barnes and Karim Abousedera.

David Barnes presenting the keynote in front of 2000 people.

David before the keynote with the Sphero ball that the audience got to dance via a chat application he set up during the session.

Our two lotteries where we gave out GoPro Hero 4 cameras.

David in his big data session.

David is being interviewed. I'll post the interview separately once published.

Our booth.

In addition to t-shirts we also had earbuds as give aways which were popular.

When implementing new applications or new functionality I always try to use an existing piece of code as starting point that comes close to what I'm looking for. Even for simple functionality this has proven to be a good practice for me since I don't loose time trying to find the right APIs and dependencies. Fortunately for IBM Bluemix developers many samples have been made available under open source licenses over the last months.

Most Bluemix samples have been posted to GitHub, e.g. generic Bluemix samples or Watson samples, but finding the ones you're looking for can be a challenge. Below are the different options to find samples in addition to internet searches.

In the documentation for every runtime and service there are links to available samples at the very top that showcase the functionality of the different services, e.g. the bluelist sample for the iOS push service.

The website displays links to 150 samples. You can find samples by full text search, used service and language. From here the samples can be deployed easily via the Bluemix Deploy Button.

The Bluemix Dev page also lists some samples.

In addition to GitHub several projects have been posted on IBM Bluemix DevOps. You can find public Bluemix projects via search.

There is also a big number of Bluemix tutorials on IBM developerWorks which come with sample code.

Two cool Bluemix Keynote Demos

By Niklas Heidloff, posted on Apr 13, 2015

I've the pleasure to work in a team of awesome people in IBM's Emerging Technologies group. Below are two short videos of demos my colleagues David Barnes and Mark VanderWiele have given recently that show some of the capabilities of IBM Bluemix.

In the following video David demonstrates how to quickly deploy a chat application to Bluemix and how to connect to a Sphero ball based on content in the chat. He gave this demo at the NY Tech Meetup.

In the next video Mark demonstrates how to communicate to the same Sphero ball via speech recognition in the keynote of the O'Reilly Software Architecture Conference.

IBM Bluemix at JAX in Mainz/Germany this Month

By Niklas Heidloff, posted on Apr 1, 2015

From April 20th until April 23th the JAX conference will take place in Main, Germany. I have never attended this conference but heard many good things about it. We will present IBM Bluemix in sessions and at our booth.

JAX describes itself as "the leading conference for enterprise technology, software architecture, agility and Java in Europe". It's a technical conference covering various topics: Java, Enterprise, Web Technologies, Engineering, Mobile, Internet of Things, Agile, Architecture, Big Data. Last year they've had more than 2000 attendees and more than 200 high quality sessions. Check out this year's agenda.

My colleague David Barnes will do a keynote on Tuesday 04/21 at 2:15 PM and a second session about big data on Tuesday 04/21 at 11:45 PM.
Innovate. Create. Take it to the Masses. A Cloud Platform for the World’s Ideas
What’s Next for Big Data Analytics?

Ryan and I will do an extended version of our Bluemix Java session on Wednesday at 8:30 AM.
IBM Bluemix – The Cloud Platform Java Developers have been looking for

If you come to our booth you'll also get a chance to win one of two GoPro HERO4 black cameras that we give out in lotteries on Wednesday and Thursday.

Some Impressions from JavaLand

By Niklas Heidloff, posted on Mar 26, 2015

This week JavaLand took place in Cologne, Germany. My colleagues David Barnes, Ryan Baxter, Salil Ahuja, Holly Cummins, Hazem Saleh, Georg Sander and I attended the conference and presented IBM Bluemix in sessions and our booth. The number of attendees has grown to 1000 Java developers, there were good sessions, people had a lot of fun, in the evening people could enjoy the rides in the park Phantasialand, the location and the hotel were amazing and the organization was done really well.

Below are some photos. Here is the JavaLand team (David, Salil, Ryan, Niklas, Holly).

David created the most viewed Bluemix video (40k views) which we put at many conferences on screen. Since David attended this conference I took the chance to take a picture of him in front of the monitor. Note the same shirt and gesture :)

Our first price draw where we gave out a GoPro camera.

Our second price draw on the second day.

One of the two conference hotels.

Our booth before the exhibition.

A special thank you goes to David who took this picture from me.

Packed JavaLand keynote.

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Hi, my name is Niklas Heidloff. I work for IBM as an IBM Bluemix Developer Advocate. The blog contains information about IBM Bluemix and articles about my previous work in IBM Collaboration Solutions, esp. IBM Connections and XPages.



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