Posts Tagged ‘ibm’

11 Aug 2014
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Bluemix iOS Push Notifications Tutorial: Part 2 – Minimum Requirements

In this post, I’m going to quickly highlight a few requirements before we officially get going with the Bluemix iOS Push Notification Tutorial Series.

1. Mac OSX and Xcode

For those out there new to iOS Development, you cannot test and deploy iOS Applications to devices unless you do it via an Apple Operating System. While you can follow this tutorial using Mountain Lion (OSX 10.8), I’ll be using and recommend Mavericks (OSX 10.9).

Then, you will need to download Xcode. Xcode is Apple’s IDE for developing Mac and iOS Applications. The latest release of Xcode is 5, which is required for this Tutorial as we’ll be deploying an iOS7 Mobile App to test Push Notifications.

Both Mavericks and Xcode 5 are free to download and are available via the Mac App Store. Simply launch the App Store App from your Apple Operating System and search for “mavericks” and “xcode“. You will need an Apple ID to connect to the App Store.

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2. Apple Device and iOS

Unfortunately, you cannot test Push Notifications on an iOS Simulator, which would’ve been awesome. So, you’ll need an Apple Device like an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. I would recommend anything from an iPad 2 and up, or an iPhone 4 and up. This will allow us to deploy our app as an iOS7 Application.

So, as mentioned above, your Apple device will need to run iOS7. iOS7 is free from the App Store and definitely worth the upgrade if you haven’t done so yet. The reason I stress using iOS7 is because I haven’t had the opportunity to test the Bluemix SDKs on iOS6. I also don’t plan to as iOS8 is already around the corner.

3. Apple Developer Account

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This is sadly where some money comes in. You’ll need an Apple iOS Developer License, which goes for $99/year. Setting up the license is fairly straightforward, but could take a few days to be activated depending.

If you don’t have an Apple Developer Account as yet, but want one to follow with this tutorial series, I suggest you get it registered sooner rather than later. If we were only developing to test on an iOS Simulator, this wouldn’t be required, but because we need to test on an actual Apple Device, this is compulsory. You can either use your existing Apple ID or create a new one for the iOS Developer Account. It doesn’t matter really.

4. IBM Bluemix Account

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We’re almost done. What we’re going to need next is an IBM Bluemix account. This is free and is quick to set up. If you already have an existing IBM Id, then great for you. You can log into Bluemix with that ID and you’re good to go. Alternatively, click here to sign up.

Conclusion

With everything above set up and configured, we are ready to start developing iOS Applications, deploy them to Apple Devices and integrating them with the Bluemix Cloud.

The most difficult of all of this is setting up the iOS Developer Program. I did mine years ago and back then it required some documentation, phonecalls, etc. I’m not sure if it’s that complicated still.

In the next tutorial, I’ll be moving to video Media. I’ll be showing you step by step how to set up the necessary Apple Certificates which we’ll need for deploying to an Apple device and sending Push Notifications.

If you find yourself getting stuck with any of the above-mentioned, leave a comment and I’ll try to assist you.

Till next time :)
John
3 Aug 2014
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IBM Bluemix iOS Push Notifications Tutorial: Part 1 – Overview

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This is a short video series that I’m planning for the very near future, on how to get the Bluemix Quickstart Push Sample Project running on your Apple devices.

Purpose of this Tutorial

While the Bluemix team do well to make these sample projects as easy to implement as possible and provide the supporting documentation and instructions, this process is quite daunting from my experience. My goal is to take you through the entire process from having very little already set up, to running the Sample Project and sending Push Notifications to your devices from the Bluemix Cloud.

Overview of Tutorial Series

The first phase of this Series will focus on iOS and will be mostly made up of short videos. Once i’ve properly tested the Sample Project for Android I will initiate the next phase.

This Series will be broken down into the following Chapters/Blog Posts:

  1. Minimum requirements for iOS Push Notification Sample Project
  2. Set up Push Notification Certificate and Provisioning Profile on Apple Dev Center (Video Tutorial)
  3. Set up and configure you IBM Bluemix Mobile Cloud Project (Video Tutorial)
  4. Set up and configure Apple Push Notification Certificate for your Mobile Cloud Project (Video Tutorial)
  5. Download and install Bluemix Quickstart Push Sample Project for iOS (Video Tutorial)
  6. Deploy and test Quickstart Push Sample Project as an iOS App on your device (Video Tutorial)

I’ll get the Chapter on minimum requirements out in the next few days and will take it from there.

Cheers for now.
John
19 Jun 2014
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Possible fix for Error 404 when logging into Bluemix via cf

In the following Node.js Tutorial provided on the IBM Bluemix Cloud environment, you get asked to log in to Bluemix via cf (Cloud Foundry Command Line Interface) using the following command:

cf login -a https://api.mybluemix.net -o <your org name> -s <your space name>

For some reason, I kept getting the following error:

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It seems the Endpoint URL changed, but even then, the above command didn’t work after using the new Endpoint URL. After some troubleshooting I finally managed to log in by doing the following:

  • In Terminal, enter cf login
  • API Endpoint = https://api.ng.bluemix.net
  • Provide Email and Password.

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I hope this helps

Cheers
John

 

23 May 2014
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BlueMix Tip: Fix error when installing Cloud Foundry CLI via HomeBrew

In this article I quickly show you how to sort out a Formula error that could occur when trying to install Cloud Foundry CLI via HomeBrew for IBM BlueMix.

My Machine Specs

  • Apple MacBook Pro: Max OS X 10.8.5
  • HomeBrew 0.9.4

The Problem

I tried to run the HomeBrew command line to install Cloud Foundry CLI…

brew install cloudfoundry-cli

…but received the following error:

Error: No available formula for cloudfoundry-cli

Why did this happen?

It’s simple. My version of HomeBrew was 0.9.4 and Cloud Foundry requires 0.9.5 (I typed in brew -v to check the version).

To fix this, do the following:

  • Open Terminal
  • Clean and remove current version of HomeBrew by running the following command:

rm -rf /usr/local/Cellar /usr/local/.git && brew cleanup

  • Install latest version of HomeBrew by running the following command:

ruby -e “$(curl -fsSL https://raw.github.com/Homebrew/homebrew/go/install)”

  • Install Cloud Foundry CLI:

brew install cloudfoundry-cli

Simple as that. You can check the version of Cloud Foundry CLI by typing cf -v in Terminal.

Quick Note

To avoid the above-mentioned fuss, you can also download Cloud Foundry CLI directly by clicking here.

Happy Coding :)
John
3 Feb 2014
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Slides and Info for Worklight Session at IBM Connect 2014

Firstly, a big thanks to everyone who attended our session on “IBM Worklight and XPages” at IBM Connect 2014 last week. It was great to see so many people turn up, especially on the last day of IBM Connect.

Below are the slides to the IBM Worklight Session, which will be available on SlideShare and for download. I will be releasing a video on this topic and will submit it through David Leedy’s NotesIn9 VideoCast (Hopefully next week still). I will also have the source code available for download when submitting the video.

Thanks once again and see you all online.

Cheers
John