What are you doing on your lunch hour? What if I said you could deploy a new application in the cloud and still have time
SmartCloud Application Services, IBM's public-cloud platform-as-a-service (PaaS), lets you do this with a secure, automated,
cloud-based environment that supports the entire lifecycle of accelerated application development, deployment, and delivery.
You get easy access to a suite of application development tools, middleware, and databases that are optimized to run on a
virtual infrastructure, as well as application patterns with built-in expertise ... all of which helps you get your web apps
up and running in the cloud fast. (We know you're hungry.)
The IBM PaaS runs on -- and automatically deploys virtual resources to -- the IBM infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS), IBM
SmartCloud Enterprise. It's all part of the IBM
SmartCloud line of enterprise-class technologies and services for securely building and using private, public, and hybrid
clouds. Want a taste of what we're talking about? Watch the brief overview
video and then try
IBM SmartCloud free of charge for 90 days. There's not a lunch special in town that beats that deal.
Until next week,
John Swanson and the developerWorks editorial team
This week's top features on developerWorks:
| Developer events in your area|
Catch IBM Big Data Developer Day in NYC|
Experience IBM's enterprise-class big data platform at IBM Big Data Developer Day, hosted by the IBM Big Data Development
team. Take part in interactive discussions and see live demonstrations of big data for social media and log analytics. Then
get hands on with Hadoop scripting and text analytics, with guidance from development experts. (22 October 2012, New York,
Seating is limited -- register today!
| IBM workshop in Ehningen: Get an insight into IBM Cognos TM1 (v10.1)|
This one-day workshop is designed to give participants an overview of IBM Cognos TM1 architecture, and hands-on exposure
to the components necessary to design and develop models. And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks. (31 October 2012, Ehningen, Germany)
Get more details and register >
| No-charge DB2 for LUW Administration for SAP workshop in Berlin|
Join International DB2 Users Group (IDUG) EMEA for a one-day, no-charge technical seminar on using DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and
Windows in an SAP environment. This seminar is being taught by IBM DB2 experts with SAP expertise. It is an excellent way
to learn the technology and benefits behind the DB2 with SAP combination, and a great way to get to know IDUG members. (8
November 2012, Berlin, Germany)
Get more details and register >
| IBM workshop in Milan: WebSphere DataPower XC10 Appliance |
The objective of this event is to provide participants with hands-on experience creating and testing configurations that
demonstrate a variety of caching scenarios. And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks. (8 November 2012, Segrate, Italy)
Get more details and register >
| IBM workshop in Milan: Introduction to WebSphere Application Server V8.5|
Learn about the WebSphere Application Server architecture, and experience some of the most important administrative tasks:
installing WAS on a local machine, creating static and dynamic clusters, and administering cells. And be sure to join the
group for this event on developerWorks.
(15 November 2012, Milan, Italy)
Get more details and register >
| IBM workshop in Barcelona: Tivoli Netcool integration - network and service management|
Throughout a series of hands-on labs, you will discover a number of IBM Tivoli Netcool products operating in an integrated
environment, demonstrating the capabilities of the Netcool products working together to deliver increased business value.
And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks. (15 November 2012, Barcelona, Spain)
Get more details and register >
| LDAP user management with RSCT|
This article describes how to implement high-availability Lightweight Directory Access Protocol (LDAP) user management for
AIX using Reliable System Cluster Technologies (RSCT). Contrary to the mainstream LDAP recommendations, the goal of this
solution is to provide an LDAP registry for all users, including root.
Check out this customer example >
| Knowledge path: Planning a two-node IBM PowerHA SystemMirror cluster|
This knowledge path provides an overview of the IBM PowerHA SystemMirror high-availability (HA) solution. Find out what it
protects, get started installing it, and learn about its product architecture.
Ensure high availability now >
| Business process management|
| New Business Process Management Journal|
The September edition of the IBM BPM Journal features a new video, as well as a great selection of articles and columns on
topics of interest to BPM practitioners. Some of the topics this month include: what's new in IBM Business Monitor V8; solving
Sudoku using business rules; linking business processes and enterprise services using IBM Business Process Manager Advanced
Integration Services, and lots more!
Start your fall reading here! >
| Linking business processes and enterprise services together using IBM Business
Process Manager Advanced|
This article presents a detailed working scenario supported by an executable solution that shows the role of the Advanced
Integration Services (AIS) capability of IBM Business Process Manager Advanced in providing the link between business processes
and aggregations of lower-level technical services.
Learn how to link these architectural layers >
| Realizing the value of IBM Business Process Manager in the WebSphere Portal environment,
This article introduces an agile approach to developing custom user interface components for BPM processes leveraging the
IBM Business Process Manager REST API. By adding a transformation layer between IBM BPM and IBM Web Experience Factory, you
can create user interfaces and adapt them to process data changes with little effort.
Create custom UI components >
| Leveraging business data attributes in IBM Business Process Manager V7.5 and
Learn how to define select variables in
your business process definition as business data, and how you can leverage saved
search queries to expose the business data in process instances. You'll also learn how to use the BPM REST
APIs to run the saved search
queries. This technique is especially useful when you're developing an
external user interface and need to build a custom inbox.
Leverage business data with IBM BPM >
| Explore IBM SmartCloud Application Services|
IBM cloud expert Dominique Vernier explains step-by-step how to create a simple pattern type with SmartCloud Application
Workload Services. While the author uses the IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Services from SmartCloud
Application Services, the results are applicable to both SmartCloud
Enterprise and the IBM PureSystems family.
Create a new pattern type for a virtual pattern >
| IBM SmartCloud-based trial|
Unleash the power of interoperability between public and private clouds. IBM builds expertise into its application patterns,
which accelerate the development and delivery of new applications. Once developed and tested in IBM SmartCloud Application
Services (IBM's PaaS), these patterns can then be deployed via public cloud with IBM SmartCloud Enterprise, or via private
cloud with IBM PureApplication System.
Get started with this 90-day cloud-based trial >
| Tutorial: Monitor virtual systems on IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service|
IBM SmartCloud Application Workload Service, one of the services available in the IBM Platform as a Service offering in IBM
SmartCloud Enterprise, uses IBM Workload Deployer technology as its underpinning to deploy virtual applications and virtual
systems to the IBM SmartCloud Enterprise. This tutorial shows you how to monitor virtual systems using the IBM SmartCloud
Application Workload Service.
Take the tutorial >
| Test drive IBM SmartCloud IaaS today at no charge |
Customers who sign a contract between 12 September and 26 October can provision select virtual machines at the Toronto (Canada),
Ehningen (Germany), Tokyo (Japan), Singapore, Boulder (US), and Raleigh (US) data centers, subject to availability, at no
Take advantage of it while you can >
| IBM PureData System: It's all about data centers and smart analytics in the clouds|
IBM recently announced IBM PureData System, another member of the PureSystems cloud expert integrated systems family. Leverage
expertise in the areas of data transaction processing and analytics.
Find out more about PureData >
| Build a database using a VAP for PureApplication System|
Learn some best practices that are useful for developing patterns for IBM PureApplication System. In this article, the author
shows you how to configure and use the Custom Workload Standard, a new function for building databases with a virtual application
Configure your databases to be more flexible >
| New IBM ecosystem partner images on the IBM Cloud|
Explore the new partner software images on the IBM Cloud. IBM Business Partner solutions extend the value of the IBM SmartCloud
by providing new capabilities. Learn more about these capabilities, which are now being offered on the IBM Cloud.
New ecosystem partner images on the IBM Cloud >
| Webcast: Deployment of analytics made easy with IBM Analytical Decision Management
Software as a Service (31 Oct)|
Join this IBM cloud webcast to learn what Analytical Decision Management is and why cloud computing is a key business driver
in implementing Analytical Decision Management in your organization. (31 October 2012, 10:00am EDT)
Register now >
| IBM i Access Client Solutions: Accessing IBM i has never been easier|
IBM i Access Client Solutions provides a platform-independent interface that consolidates the most commonly used tasks for
managing your IBM i system into one simplified location. Many businesses are already taking advantage of its simplicity and
Find out more >
| Using InfoSphere Guardium for monitoring and auditing DB2 for i database activity|
InfoSphere Guardium is an enterprise information audit and
protection solution that helps enterprises protect and audit
information across a diverse set of relational and nonrelational data
sources. With InfoSphere Guardium V9.0, DB2 for i can now be included as
a data source, enabling you to monitor access through native interfaces
and through SQL.
Protect your data now >
| Big data security and auditing with InfoSphere Guardium|
Seamlessly integrate Hadoop data protection into your existing data security strategy using InfoSphere Guardium security
policies and reports. Then learn to use the quick-start monitoring implementation with InfoSphere BigInsights.
Big security for big data >
| Tutorial: DB2 10.1 fundamentals certification exam 611 prep, Part 5 - DB2 utilities|
Prepare for the exam by learning to properly manage your DB2 database servers, including extracting data using the Export
utility, populating tables with the Import and Load utilities, and using the Ingest utility.
Hit the books >
| developerWorks interview: George Baklarz on DB2 linking big data and analytics|
IBM Program Director for Worldwide DB2 Sales George Baklarz joins our own Scott Laningham to discuss the technology highlights
of DB2 10, including how DB2 handles big data for analytics, how DB2 uses compression, how hierarchical storage management
features enable you to optimize your data access, and much more.
Watch the interview >
| IBM PureData System: A giant leap forward in delivering data services|
Building your own database platform may soon seem very old-fashioned. In this IBM Data Management magazine article, learn
how IBM PureData System for Transactions is changing database deployment. This new system is built to provide high reliability
and high throughput with scaling up to 30X.
Are you ready to take the leap? >
| Download: IBM Data Studio|
IBM Data Studio provides database developers and DBAs with an integrated, modular environment for productive administration
of DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows. It also includes collaborative database development tools for DB2, Informix, Oracle,
and Sybase. This is a fully licensed product that's available at no charge and with no time restrictions.
Download Data Studio now >
| Looking for deep technical training? Don't miss Information On Demand 2012! (21-25
Information On Demand 2012 has the best technical training -- anywhere! Get the deep dive you're looking for across a wide
array of IBM technologies, see products in action, and influence the future of the industry by providing input directly to
IBM experts. Get the highlights on the technical program and build your agenda at the SmartSite. (21 - 25 October 2012, Las
Vegas, NV, USA)
Register today >
| New DB2 Tech Talk: What's hot from the Information On Demand conference (24 Oct)|
Get hot news from Information On Demand 2012 about DB2 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows and other IBM data management products.
In this Tech Talk, host and presenter Serge Rielau will talk with guest speakers who will discuss key topic areas you won't
want to miss. (24 October 2012, 12:30pm EDT)
Register now >
| Informix chat with the lab: Informix support -- helping us help you (30 Oct)|
Informix support is always there when you need them most. To minimize your downtime, learn what information to gather prior
to contacting Informix support in order to make the diagnosis process faster and easier. (30 October 2012, 11:30am EDT)
Join this webcast >
| Functional thinking: Transformations and optimizations|
Different functional languages and frameworks often use different names for the same or similar concepts and techniques.
In the latest installment in his Functional thinking series, Neal Ford allays terminological confusion by comparing how Groovy,
Scala, Clojure, and the Functional Java framework use their respective features to optimize an algorithm for identifying
The same, but different >
| Implement POSIX Semaphore APIs using System V Semaphore APIs|
There can be complications when porting from one platform to another, but formation of semaphores in your code doesn't have
to be one of them. See how to take advantage of the APIs to implement POSIX using System V.
Expand semaphore support >
| Community: Linux bash command line tips and tricks, Part 1|
The command line remains a versatile and efficient way to get things done in a Linux environment, provided you know what
you're doing. Learn some bash tips and tricks to make it work for you.
Take command >
| Follow Chris on Twitter|
Follow Linux and Open source content editor Chris Walden on Twitter for regular updates on articles and other information
relevant to the Linux and open source communities.
Follow cmw_osdude on Twitter >
| Troubleshooting incremental crawling within IBM Web Content Manager search|
This document discusses basic hints and methods for debugging and troubleshooting performance issues with incremental crawling
within IBM Web Content Manager search, including recommendations and options for maintaining and/or improving performance
during incremental crawling.
Debug and troubleshoot now >
| Migrating multiple-cluster WebSphere Application Server from V7.0 to V8.0 and
Portal Server from V6.1 to V8.0 on z/OS with 24x7 availability|
Learn how to use the WebSphere Application Server
(WAS) and WebSphere Portal Server (WPS) migration framework to quickly and easily move WAS and WPS on z/OS from WPS V6.1.5
on WAS V7.0 to WPS V8.0 on WAS V8.0. This white paper explains the steps required to migrate a multiple cluster and maintain
24x7 WebSphere Portal availability.
Migrate now >
| Migrating a WebSphere Portal V6.1 database to WebSphere Portal V8.0 using the
DB2 Database Administration Tool V7.2 for z/OS|
This white paper explains the steps required to migrate a WebSphere
V6.1 database to WebSphere Portal V8, using the DB2 Administration Tool
(DAT) V7.2 for DB2 Universal Database on z/OS. The author focuses on the DB2 migration utility, job execution, and troubleshooting
the issues that he encountered.
Migrate now >
| Customize your WebSphere Portal V184.108.40.206 web experience using the new theme framework
This detailed, step-by-step white paper explains how to customize your WebSphere
Portal V220.127.116.11 web experience by using the new modularized theme framework.
Customize now >
| Configuring and administering the IBM Connections V4.0 ReplyTo feature |
Among the new features in IBM Connections V4.0 is the
Mail-in, or ReplyTo, feature, which allows you to
make new posts to forums by replying to an email notification. There are a
number of configuration steps that must be performed to enable this feature. This article describes how the ReplyTo feature
works, and the steps required to enable it
Give it a try >
| Community: Multi-platform multimedia with VLC|
Have you seen the multi-platform, open source media player that also converts and streams media? If not, it's time you did!
Learn more in this Real-world open source community article by contributing moderator Himanshu Arora.
Start the music >
| Follow Chris on Facebook|
You can also keep up with developerWorks
Linux and Open source content editor Chris Walden on
Facebook. Find out when articles post and keep up with his pointers to
other interesting information. Don't worry -- he doesn't talk about his
cat or his kid. It's all open source!
Follow cmw.osdude on Facebook >
| Enable or disable validators in Rational Application Developer|
Using the validation framework, you can create custom validators to validate projects and resources created with Rational
Application Developer. The framework provides interfaces and APIs to control how, when, and what type of validator is launched
on the resources. This introduction describes enabling or disabling validators.
Control type and timing of resource validators >
| Blog: Managing risks in your software and systems engineering projects |
Vijay Sankar reiterates 10 risks in software engineering as identified by Barry Boehm. Then he suggests approaches to mitigating
those risks, including ways that involve analysis, making choices, and others that require the use of software tools.
Consider your options for mitigating risks >
| How Linked Lifecycle Data can transform your systems engineering environment|
Organizations are building increasingly complex products and systems, and this engineering is generating more and more data
with ever-increasing complexity. Ben Williams explains how Linked Data architectures enable capabilities that help solve
inherent challenges and increase innovation in building complex products and systems.
Learn the advantages of Linked Lifecycle Data >
| To be, or not to be, agile |
Peter Eeles lists factors to consider, grouped into five areas. The results don't lead to clear decisions about whether to
adopt agile methods, although they can be guidelines for choosing among waterfall, iterative, or agile approaches. But the
responses indicate points of sensitivity to watch for, he says.
Answer the questions, assess the results >
| Automate build deployment and accelerate releases by combining Rational software|
By integrating Rational Team Concert and Rational Build Forge, you can generate product offerings automatically and pass
them to Rational Quality Manager. Then, by integrating Rational Quality Manager and Rational Build Forge, you can schedule
and run various automated tasks from Rational Quality Manager through Build Forge.
Get ready to deploy builds faster and easier >
| Tradeoffs and payoffs in moving to DevOps development|
Dan Zentgraf of Ascendant Technology, an IBM Business Partner, describes how the DevOps approach to software development
differs from traditional methods, including how what you deploy and deliver differs. He then outlines the organizational
and cultural transformations required to take advantage of the DevOps approach, and the results you can expect.
Find out what to expect if you switch to DevOps >
| Consider human factors in the software development process |
To get the agile approach to work for a team, human factors need to get enough attention. Aya Elgebeely discusses how to
save process initiation effort, money, and time by making priorities clear to leaders and managers, and clarifying the best
way to get buy-in within teams.
Consider the benefits of rethinking priorities >
| Faster Rational Quality Manager test scripts, automatically|
Rational Quality Manager can use Rational Functional Tester to record a user’s gestures and automatically convert them
into English natural language. Exploratory testing, documentation, and agile test teams that run manual tests can all benefit
by using this combination to write manual test scripts faster and easier.
Write scripts much easier and faster, starting now >
See how common patterns in games can benefit from the structure and maintainability of OOP design.
Make your code smarter >
| Managing application runtime environments in IBM PureApplication System|
In IBM PureApplication System, deployers deploy applications into runtime environments that administrators define using cloud
groups and environment profiles. This article shows you how to administer IBM PureApplication System, including deciding
what cloud groups and environment profiles to create.
| Using the SOA policy pattern to create reusable policy patterns and control your
This article introduces the SOA policy pattern, in which policies are authored, managed, enforced, and monitored using the
combination of WebSphere Service Registry and Repository, WebSphere DataPower, and Tivoli Composite Application Manager for
| Creating a Service Catalog for services in WebSphere Service Registry and Repository|
Learn how to create a Service Catalog view for services in WebSphere Service Registry and Repository. This read-only view
is optimized for business users to search for and discover existing services for reuse.
| Secure integration of WebSphere Service Registry and Repository V8 with WebSphere
DataPower V5 |
This article shows you how to configure WebSphere Service Registry and Repository V8 and WebSphere DataPower V5 SOA Appliances
for secure connectivity and integration.
| Global WebSphere Community webcast: Introducing the WebSphere MQ universal messaging
solution (25 Oct)|
This webcast describes new features in WebSphere MQ that let you process message files and virtually any type of data with
a single product installation, implement industry security solutions such as HIPAA and PCI-DSS at the messaging level of
your transaction processing infrastructure, and more. (25 October 2012, 11:00am EDT)
Register now >
| Global WebSphere Community webcast: What's new in IBM Mobile Foundation (30 Oct)|
IBM Mobile Foundation integrates key mobile capabilities into a single package to address the full array of mobile challenges
and opportunities to help you quickly and efficiently bring new mobile applications to market. In this webcast, you will
learn about the capabilities and new functions in the IBM Mobile Foundation. (30 October 2012, 11:00am EDT)
Register now >
| Webcast: Web server administration using the WebSphere Admin Console (30 Oct)|
This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange shows you how to create a web server definition, configure the IBM Admin Server,
and troubleshoot common problems with web server administration. (30 October 2012, 11:00am EDT)
Register now >
| Webcast: Improving performance with the HA Active-Active and Paging features
of WebSphere Adapter for JDBC (31 Oct)|
This WebSphere Support Technical Exchange uses live demos to show you how these two new features of WebSphere Adapter for
JDBC can greatly improve performance. (31 October 2012, 11:00am EDT)
Register now >
| Webcast: What's new in WebSphere Application Server V8.5 (6 Nov)|
Get the latest news about WebSphere Application Server version 8.5, including updates on: installing WebSphere Application
Server on a local machine, creating static and dynamic clusters, administering a cell, as well as information on the new
Liberty Profile for WebSphere Application Server. And be sure to join the community
group for this event on developerWorks. (6 November 2012, 9:00am EDT)
Register now >
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