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It’s been a busy couple of months since we publicly launched as an open source project, full of fixes, features and (cloud) functions. If you’ve not tried Appsody yet, head over to, create cloud native applications and live your best life.

Doubling the number of Stacks

Appsody stacks, “enable rapid development of quality microservice-based applications. Stacks include a base container image and project templates which act as a starting point for your application development.” (Shamelessly lifted from our docs).

We started out with 5 Stacks: nodejs; nodejs-express; java-microprofile; java-spring-boot2; swift.

Thanks to some great new folks to the project — there are now 11.

Newly available Stacks


How can you have an open source project without a theme tune? An anthem for collaborators to bond over at Karaoke bars; to sing to an audience of perplexed bystanders.

This was the challenge I was faced with, and naturally — given our project being named Appsody, I turned to Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. What follows below was a one night challenge, to see if I could ruin a classic song with a parody about application development and deploying to Kubernetes.

I’m not claiming it’s 100% true to a developer’s experience, or that everyone in the world is using WebSphere Network Deployment, the flow isn’t perfect, etc etc, but hey — it was fun to create, and I hope you enjoy it as well. …

Container ship being loaded
Container ship being loaded

In this tutorial I’ll show how you can use Appsody to take care of packaging applications for the cloud, so that you can focus on writing code. You’ll learn using the application provided in the OpenLiberty guide for ‘Creating a RESTful Web Service’, although you’ll be able to use the same approach for other Java applications based on Eclipse Microprofile.

What is Appsody?


David Harris

Manager for Appsody, Serverless, Node.js and Swift at IBM. Usually found dog walking, making music or asleep.

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