International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM) Releases New Features For OpenWhisk

December 28, 2016 - By Ruchi Gupta   ·   0 Comments

New features for OpenWhisk have been announced by International Business Machines Corp. (NYSE:IBM). The added features include instant debugging with Swift, Python, and NodeJS. This feature will help developers in the faster debugging of their code. It will also help them ensure better integration with 3rd-party tools. A wide variety of programming languages will also be supported.

“Since we’ve built OpenWhisk with open standards, it’s able to not only help resolve many problems associated with server management, but also gives developers the flexibility to pull in outside tools and data and run code wherever they choose,” a statement by IBM Cloud’s general manager read.

Open standards

OpenWhisk provides a non-proprietary engine that is open and IBM is involved in the expansion and tightening of integrations with the burgeoning application ecosystem of the OpenWhisk platform. One reason why IBM has built OpenWhisk with open standards from its very foundation while ensuring its code is rooted in active developer communities like Apache, is that it will increase the variety of capabilities accessible to developers. With an open platform that is serverless, there is more freedom to choose where applications will run.


For applications running on Bluemix, OpenWhisk plays the role of the underlying force and therefore binding together the relevant triggers and events including the clicking of a mouse or the uploading of an image. OpenWhisk brings onstream cloud services as and when required and brings to life the concept of an ‘invisible cloud infrastructure’. With an invisible infrastructure, developers are able to concentrate on writing code instead of spending and wasting unnecessary hours configuring servers.

New runtime environments

Besides the debugging functionality, there were other features introduced for the OpenWhisk platform and this included MessageHub. The platform is also set to start providing support for new runtimes like Node v6, Swift v3, Python, and Java. An enhanced user interface makes it possible for easier and simplified testing and development through the use of a browser.

Most of the big companies that have adopted OpenWhisk cite its ability to raise efficiency and quicken deployment as its selling point.

In pre-market trading hours, shares of International Business Machines Corp rose to $167.76 having edged up by 0.63%.

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