StrongLoop, Node.js and the API Economy – Interested in Joining Us?

Are you looking for your next move? Do you want to move into the API economy? Can you write Node code? Look no further – I’m hiring! Listen up.

Back in 2014 Gartner named StrongLoop as a “Cool vendor” in its published report on Cool Application vendors. Yes, Gartner does indeed publish such a report – see for yourself here: “Cool Vendors in Application Development, 2014.”

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Webinar: Build Simple Search APIs with LoopBack and ElasticSearch

We have a new webinar coming up on December 20th – how to build simple search APIs with LoopBack and Elasticsearch!

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Erin McKean (Lead Developer Evangelist, IBM Cloud) is the webinar speaker and will demonstrate how to use LoopBack to help you build APIs to take advantage of the search capabilities of Elasticsearch. Erin explained what else people could expect from the webinar:

“Although Elasticsearch has a built-in RESTful API, it can be tricky to secure and you may not want to expose details to your users. Using LoopBack, we’ll show how to build a simple limited API connecting to Elasticsearch that still takes advantage of its powerful search capabilities.”

When: December 20, 2016
Virtual door opens at 12:45 pm EST
Webcast starts at 1:00 pm EST

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Working with File Storage and LoopBack

I’ve got a confession to make: I absolutely love LoopBack. How much do I love it? Before I even joined the StrongLoop team at IBM I was blogging on LoopBack and giving presentations on it as well. I basically told the person interviewing me that it didn’t really matter if they hired me or not; I was going to evangelize LoopBack because I thought it was the coolest thing since sliced bread and beer. In general, I love LoopBack and every aspect of it. However, it doesn’t mean that it is perfect. Today I’m going to discuss a feature that is—in my opinion—somewhat “rough”. I’m not saying to avoid it, not at all, just be prepared for a somewhat bumpy ride. Ready?

So, one of the things that LoopBack makes incredibly easy is handling data in a persistence system. You define a model, let’s say Cat, various properties and types, and then LoopBack can handle persisting that in a variety of different storage mechanisms, from Oracle to MySQL to MongoDB. It just plain works, which is cool. However, the data we’re typically dealing with are simple strings represented in JSON. What about binary data?
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API Connect + Watson = Winning Combination for the Palm Beach Hackathon

The Palm Beach Tech Hackathon was recently held from November 4-6th. This event is a great opportunity for teams of engineers, designers, developers and entrepreneurs to put forth a project for a chance to win a cash prize. We are  proud to announce that Rick Blalock, a member of the IBM team, won first place – using API Connect and Watson!
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