I’ve recently jumped on the Paper.li bandwagon and created Tony’s #Bluemix Journal. Hopefully, it will contain interesting articles related to IBM Bluemix, cloud, and related technologies. So, please check it out!
Do you think robots like tennis? My guess is that when the Robot Apocalypse starts, you’ll see them playing all the time. So, for the human race to survive, it will be critical for us to learn as much as we can from the large amount of data generated at the Wimbledon tennis championships and collected by IBM.
With that in mind, I encourage you to take part in the Wimbledon Innovation Challenge. You’ll have access to tennis data and be asked to use IBM Bluemix to build an app that consumes and analyzes this data in useful, innovative ways. You’ll compete against others for either Best Mobile App or Best Data Insights.
Time is of the essence, so luckily Bluemix facilitates rapid development of apps in the cloud. Just this week, Bluemix left beta and became generally available. The Bluemix Catalog contains more than 50 services in such wide ranging categories as Web, Mobile, Internet of Things, Big Data, Analytics, Security, and Dev Ops. So, there’s no shortage of tools you can use as building blocks to do some cool and amazing things in your apps.
Now, maybe my fears of tennis-playing robots are paranoid and irrational. But, it’s better to be safe than sorry. So, please do your part and start building your apps!
NOTE: Entry deadline is October 24, 2014.
Today marks the general availability of IBM Bluemix with more than 50 services and flexible, pay-as-you-go pricing. The GA brings a lot of cool, new functions since our last beta refresh at the end of May including:
- Solutions Pages
- New Services
- UI Updates to Catalog & Dashboard
- Improved Mobile SDK
- Redesigned Documentation Site
- Eclipse Tools for Bluemix
- and more!
As the UI lead for the IBM Bluemix web interface, I’ve had the chance to write about new functionality as it’s been released over the last few months. We’ve just gone live with our updates for May, so please check out my post on the official Bluemix blog. The updates include:
- Addition of “Bring your Own Buildpack” to the catalog
- Enhanced navigation with collapsible navigation area.
- Improved handling of app-related data changes on the server.
- Refreshed styling of banner, Dashboard header, App/Service Detail headers, and input dialogs.
- Updated documentation.
- Numerous usability improvements and bug fixes.
And, for reference, here are pointers to my earlier blog posts regarding Bluemix UI updates:
Prior to my current work on BlueMix, I was a committer on Maqetta. Maqetta is an open source project that provides WYSIWYG visual authoring of HTML5 user interfaces (desktop and mobile). It is made available as part of the Dojo Foundation.
I no longer work on Maqetta, and IBM no longer invests resources in it. But, as I start a new blog presence here, I wanted to consolidate links to my previous Maqetta-related articles and blog posts in one place.
Maqetta Means Mock-up Article Series
- Maqetta means mockup, Part 1: Design an HTML5 mobile UI – learn about Maqetta’s major features while creating a prototype for a rich mobile application without writing any code!
- Maqetta means mockup, Part 3: Deploy your Maqetta UI prototype with PhoneGap – use PhoneGap to turn a Maqetta-generated mobile prototype into a native app that is ready to deploy to actual devices