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Conquering the $216 Billion Cancer Problem in 8 Hours with Spring, Redis, Neo4J, and More

Cancer takes millions of lives and costs billions of dollars. One of the big problems is the expense and waste in pharmaceutical R&D efforts. Redbasin Networks has begun to attack this problem from a software and big data perspective, achieving success through an agile or fast-failure mindset. While they face significant challenges managing heterogeneous and expensive big data sets about cancer, they have been able to capture insight from automated algorithms—doing analysis in 8 hours instead of man months of largely manual effort. At last year’s SpringOne 2GX, they shared their company background, the challenges with cancer data, a working data model, and how the Redbasin analytics platform uses Spring, Redis, Neo4J, MongoDB, and more.

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How to Add Your Service to Cloud Foundry: Architecture, Code Boilerplate, and MongoDB Example

Customers and prospects often ask this question, “How do we add a new, never-seen-before service to Cloud Foundry to allow it to automatically provision new service instances?” It’s easy to add an entirely brand new service to Cloud Foundry whether it’s an existing Oracle database, an existing enterprise service bus, a new MongoDB service, or a new RabbitMQ service. In this post, one of Pivotal’s Field Engineers walks through the Cloud Foundry architecture, provides a Spring-based code boilerplate for the Service Broker API, and gives an example of adding MongoDB as a brand new service so that new service instances can be automatically provisioned and deployd by Cloud Foundry to scale dynamically.

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Georgia Tech Hack for Good on Cloud Foundry

This last weekend I had the tremendous pleasure of spending it with the incredibly bright, creative and inventive students of Georgia Tech. The occasion was a “hack for good,” an intense 24 hour code-cutting marathon where the participants were challenged to use their talents to conceive, design, build and demonstrate applications that would be used to help combat the growing epidemic of childhood obesity we are facing in this country.

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Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse Can Now Launch External Command-line Applications Using Service Tunnels

In the course of developing, testing and deploying cloud applications, developers sometimes need to directly access the application data. The Cloud Foundry Integration for Eclipse advances this capability and now features the ability to launch external command-line applications for Cloud Foundry services like MySQL and PostgreSQL.

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Polishing Cloud Foundry’s Ruby Gem Support

The Cloud Foundry team has released new features to improve management of Ruby gems in apps running on CloudFoundry.com. These features include support for using Git URLs in Gemfiles, handling of the BUNDLE_WITHOUT environment variable, and platform specification to control the gem installation process.

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Build a Real Time Activity Stream on Cloud Foundry with Node.js, Redis and MongoDB 2.0 – Part III

In Part II of this series, we covered the architecture needed for persisting the Activity Streams to MongoDB and fanning it out in real-time to all the clients using Redis PubSub.

Since then, some exciting new Node.js features for Cloud Foundry were launched.

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New Runtime Module for Node.js Applications

In the previous blog post, Cloud Foundry Now Supports Auto-Reconfiguration for Node.js Applications, we saw that Node.js applications deployed to CloudFoundry.com can be automatically reconfigured to connect to Cloud Foundry services. However, there may be situations where you want to opt-out of that feature to have finer control over service connections or to overcome its limitations.

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Cloud Foundry Now Supports Auto-Reconfiguration for Node.js Applications

Cloud Foundry has long supported auto-reconfiguration for Spring and Ruby applications. Now we are pleased to add auto-reconfiguration support for Node.js applications as well. Deploying Node.js applications to Cloud Foundry previously required parsing of environmental variables and overwriting server and service connection function calls to use Cloud Foundry specific parameters.

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Students Compete Building Apps on Cloud Foundry for Social Good

On July 13, VMware Foundation kicked off #ContributingCode, a two-week long event in Palo Alto, California, to encourage local students to build applications focused on a social and community benefit. With over 100 local students and VMware interns participating, we encouraged the students to develop in teams. 

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Using Cloud Foundry to Create the #ContributingCode Competition App

A situational application generally has a short lifespan and sidesteps formal requirements so that it can be developed quickly with a narrow focus. Cloud-based application development and deployment platforms lend themselves very well for such applications. This blog post will demonstrate a situational application that I developed and guide you to use cloud platform services to aid in your web development.

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