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IBM Expands Bluemix Cloud Tools

24 August 2015

IBM is making new cloud tools generally available along with improvements to a set of services in its platform-as-a-service (PaaS) Bluemix. The tools are aimed at enabling developers to more seamlessly integrate Java-based resources into cloud-based applications.

IBM Cloud tools broaden the capabilities of applications by leveraging added security and the flexibility of using an array of resources for their development. The services include:

  • Liberty Buildpack updated the Liberty runtime to make available or preview the latest Java EE 7 Liberty features. While IBM JRE 7.1 remains the default, it is now possible to test and run applications in Bluemix with Java 8. Additionally, among other improvements, the jsp-2.3, el-3.0 and jdbc-4.1 Liberty features, previously in beta, are now available as production-ready.
  • IBM Eclipse Tools for Bluemix is launched with a new version that includes JavaScript Debug, support for Node.js applications, Java 8 Liberty for Java integration, Eclipse Mars support for the latest Eclipse Mars version as well as an improved trust self-signed certificates capability. Additionally, incremental publish support for JEE applications has been expanded to support web fragment projects.
  • XPages on IBM Bluemix brings Domino XPages to the cloud, allowing developers to create feature-rich, responsive and secure applications that can be brought to market on Bluemix.

The Bluemix catalog features more than 100 tools and services of the most prominent open-source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services. The company launched Bluemix in 2014 and it is becoming one of the largest CloudFoundry deployments in the world, growing faster than the overall PaaS market.

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