I created a simple mortgage calculator as a test application using Cloud Bees. The app itself is very simple and uses the handy TVM Java Bean to handle the mortgage calculations. It doesn’t do much at this point, but the main thing I was testing was the deployment process at Cloud Bees. It turns out it is pretty slick. The mvn bees:deploy will pushes the mortgage calculator app to the application servers. It does this using a delta so you don’t have to re-upload all of the files each time you make a change. The maven plugin works well and made it easy to run the mortgage calculator locally for testing and fast to deploy to the server.
Cloud Bees also makes it easy to use your own domain name, so I used www.mortgage-calculator-plus.com. It only took about 5 minutes to get the domain pointed to the server and running correctly. I didn’t see anyway to handle HTTPS. This isn’t an issue for my mortgage calculator, but could be a much bigger deal for some of the other services I’d like to try to run on Cloud Bees.