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Thursday, January 28, 2016

Mendix loves Cloud Foundry

In June 2014 Mendix app platform (aPaas) married Cloud Foundry (PaaS). In case you are wondering if this announcement was just vaporware please rest your concerns. Mendix apps work on Cloud Foundry. Kaushik Bhattacharya has done all the legwork to flush this out. Read below ... 

Mendix buildpack documentation describes the steps to push the application. The short version is:

1> cf push mendix_app -b https://github.com/mendix/cf-mendix-buildpack -p <mendix_app.mda> --no-start

2> Create and bind PCF MySQL service to the app in the usual way.

3> Create and bind PCF RiakCS service to the app in the usual way.

4> The app expects values for two variables ADMIN_PASSWORD and DATABASE_URL which can be set as follows:
cf set-env my-app ADMIN_PASSWORD password
cf set-env my-app DATABASE_URL ‘mysql://username:password@hostname:port/database’
Note: You can copy-paste the database URL from the VCAP_SERVICES variable but all parameters such as “?reconnect=true” have to be removed.

5> Restage/start app:
cf restage/start my-app

That's it! 

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