Cloud Comput-confusion

I spent some time playing with Cloud Computing. As I see it, if companies are willing to give me free resources, then I should use them! However, “you get what you pay for”…

The winner is “Python Anywhere” (https://www.pythonanywhere.com/). It a command-line interface that I quickly got up and running. However, I worry that it will eventually be way too expensive. Next is Amazon Web  Services (https://us-east-2.console.aws.amazon.com/console/home?nc2=h_ct&src=header-signin&region=us-east-2). They have a command line interface, but you need to jump through their EC2 hoops in order to securely move files and open a ssh connection.

The worst-case scenario is Google and IBM. I was able to get a very simple web page by following a ton of tutorials (https://console.cloud.google.com/home/dashboard?project=windy-cedar-216420&_ga=2.232351135.-1229432375.1536960167). But IBM didn’t even have those help files (https://console.bluemix.net/dashboard/apps/).

To progress more with Google and IBM, I would need to learn Flask. And I’m not sure that Flask is an in-demand tech skill right now (or that it will be used in the future). I would rather learn Django or some other front-end framework. However, I might return to Flask in the future… I bought a textbook!

See https://patrickkellogg.wordpress.com/cloud-computing/ for more details of my adventures.

Using the IBM Cloud

I got a free account to the IBM Cloud at https://console.bluemix.net/dashboard/apps/. However, it’s proving a lot harder to use than I expected:

I got it to display a webpage at https://kryptos.mybluemix.net/. Which is great, but I have a python command-line application, and it’s going to take a lot of work to “webify” it. I need to learn a lot more about dynamic web pages, and (more importantly), choose a technology to implement. Ajax or JavaScript? Client- or Server-side page refreshes?

There’s supposedly a way to make IBM use a Docker container for command-line execution, but I kind of like the webpage and the way the IBM Cloud notifies me that it’s running.

Here are some notes:

https://console.bluemix.net/dashboard/apps/
patrickkellogg@gmail.com
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Microsoft PowerShell

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ibmcloud dev help
ibmcloud login
ibmcloud api https://api.ng.bluemix.net
ibmcloud target --cf

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CD /Users/Patrick/Dropbox/Projects/IBMKryptos
bluemix app push IBMKryptos
https://kryptos.mybluemix.net/