Use Eclipse Codewind to create application projects from Application Stacks that your company builds. With Codewind, you can focus on your code and not on infrastructure and Kubernetes. Application deployments to Kubernetes occur through pipelines when developers commit their local code to the correct Git repos Kabanero is managing through webhooks.

Use Codewind to create projects based on different template types. These projects include IBM Cloud Starters, OpenShift Do (odo), and Appsody templates. Today, there are templates for IBM Cloud Starters, odo, Eclipse MicroProfile/Java EE, Spring Boot, Node.js, Node.js with Express, and Node.js with Loopback.

Developing with VS Code

Keep your current workflow and use Codewind for VS Code to develop and debug your containerized projects from within the IDE.


Before you can develop a microservice with VS Code, you need to:

Installing Codewind for VS Code

The Codewind installation pulls the following images that form the Codewind backend:

  1. eclipse/codewind-performance-amd64
  2. eclipse/codewind-pfe-amd64

The Codewind installation includes two parts:

  1. The VS Code extension installs when you install Codewind from the VS Code Marketplace and click Install.
    • Or, go to View>Extensions, search for Codewind, and click Install.
  2. The Codewind backend containers install after you click Install when you are prompted. Clicking Install downloads the Codewind backend containers, approximately 1GB.
    • Optional: If you don’t click Install when the notification window appears, access the notification again. Go to View>Explorer. Then, click Codewind and hover the cursor over Codewind where there is a switch to turn Codewind on or off. Click the switch so that it is On. The notification window is displayed.

Configuring Codewind to use application stacks

Configure Codewind to use Appsody templates so you can focus exclusively on your code. These templates include an Eclipse MicroProfile stack that you can use to follow this guide. Complete the following steps to select the Appsody templates:

  1. Under the Explorer pane, select Codewind.
  2. Right-click Local.
  3. Select Template Source Manager.
  4. Enable Appsody Stacks - incubator.

After you configure Codewind to use Appsody templates, continue to develop your microservice within Codewind.

If your organization uses customized application stacks and gives you a URL that points to an index.json file, you can add it to Codewind:

  1. Return to Codewind` and right-click Local.
  2. Select Template Source Manager.
  3. Click Add New + to add your URL.
  4. Add your URL in the pop-up window and save your changes.

Creating an Appsody project

Throughout the application lifestyle, Appsody helps you develop containerized applications and maximize containers curated for your usage. If you want more context about Appsody, see the Appsody welcome page.

  1. Under the Explorer pane, select Codewind.
  2. Expand Codewind by clicking the drop-down arrow.
  3. Hover over the Projects entry in the Explorer pane and press the + icon to create a project.
    • Note: Make sure that Docker is running. Otherwise, you get an error.
  4. Choose the Appsody Open Liberty default template (Appsody Stacks - incubator).
  5. Name your project appsody-calculator.
    • If you don’t see Appsody templates, find and select Template Source Manager and enable Appsody Stacks - incubator.
    • The templates are refreshed, and the Appsody templates are available.
  6. Press Enter.
    • To monitor your project’s progress, right-click your project and select Show all logs. Then, an Output tab is displayed where you see your project’s build logs.

Your project is complete when you see that your application status is running and your build status is successful.

Accessing the application endpoint in a browser

  1. Return to your project under the Explorer pane.
  2. Select the Open App icon next to your project’s name, or right-click your project and select Open App.

Your application is now opened in a browser, showing the welcome to your Appsody microservice page.

Adding a REST service to your application

  1. Go to your project’s workspace under the Explorer tab.
  2. Go to src/main/java/dev/appsody/starter.
  3. Right-click starter and select New File.
  4. Create a file, name it Calculator.java, and press Enter. This file is your JAX-RS resource.
  5. Before you input any code, make sure that the file is empty.
  6. Populate the file with the following code and then save the file:
package dev.appsody.starter;

import javax.ws.rs.core.Application;
import javax.ws.rs.GET;
import javax.ws.rs.Path;
import javax.ws.rs.Produces;
import javax.ws.rs.core.MediaType;
import javax.ws.rs.core.Response;

import javax.ws.rs.PathParam;

public class Calculator extends Application {

    public String aboutme() {
        return "You can add (+), subtract (-), and multiply (*) with this simple calculator.";

    public Response calculate(@PathParam("op") String op, @PathParam("a") String a, @PathParam("b") String b) {
        int numA = Integer.parseInt(a);
        int numB = Integer.parseInt(b);

        switch (op) {
            case "+":
                return Response.ok(a + "+" + b + "=" + (Integer.toString((numA + numB)))).build();

            case "-":
                return Response.ok(a + "-" + b + "=" + (Integer.toString((numA - numB)))).build();

            case "*":
                return Response.ok(a + "*" + b + "=" + (Integer.toString((numA * numB)))).build();

                return Response.ok("Invalid operation. Please Try again").build();

Any changes that you make to your code are automatically built and redeployed by Codewind, and you can view them in your browser.

Working with the example calculator microservice

You now can work with the example calculator microservice.

  1. Use the port number that you saw when you first opened the application.
  2. Make sure to remove the < > symbol in the URL.
  4. You see the following response:
You can add (+), subtract (-), and multiply (*) with this simple calculator.

You can also try a few of the sample calculator functions:

  •<port>/starter/calculator/{op}/{a}/{b}, where you can input one of the available operations (+, _, *, and an integer a, and an integer b.
  • So for<port>/starter/calculator/+/10/3 you see: 10+3=13.

What you have learned

Now that you have completed this quick guide, you have learned to:

  1. Install Codewind on VS Code
  2. Develop your own microservice that uses Codewind

Next Steps

See other quick guides to learn how to develop with Codewind: