IBM has announced improvements to the Bluemix developer cloud focused on better Java support for cloud applications, comprising XPages on Bluemix and updated versions of the Liberty buildpack and Eclipse Tools for the platform.
Available immediately, the new capabilities are designed to help developers broaden the capabilities of applications, making it easier to integrate Java-based resources into cloud-based applications and services.
They will also deliver a more robust cloud experience overall, providing additional security features and the flexibility to make use of a vast array of resources for development projects, IBM said.
The Liberty buildpack delivers an updated runtime to support the latest Java EE 7 features. Drawn from IBM's WebSphere platform, the Liberty buildpack already provided the default Java environment for IBM Bluemix, but the update means it is now possible to test and run applications in Bluemix with Java 8.
Some features previously in beta are also now ready for production deployment, including JavaServer Pages 2.3, Expression Language 3.0 and the Java Database Connectivity 4.1 API for querying and updating data in a database.
On top of this, IBM has introduced XPages on IBM Bluemix, bringing its development environment for web and mobile applications from the Lotus Domino platform to the cloud.
XPages is based on web standards, and enables applications to be accessed by web clients and mobile devices via a browser, allowing developers to create feature-rich, responsive and secure applications that can be quickly brought to market on Bluemix, IBM said.
Bluemix was launched by IBM last year as a platform-as-a-service development environment for building and deploying cloud applications. Based on the open source Cloud Foundry technology, IBM claims it is the largest Cloud Foundry deployment in the world.
The Bluemix catalogue now includes over 100 tools and services, comprising open source technologies combined with IBM and third-party services that allow developers to build, run and manage cloud applications.
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