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WaveMaker hosts applications for thousands of users built using wavemakeronline.com. Keeping promise of free hosting upto 300 days wasn’t a very easy target. Even the smallest of VMs would not have been economical enough. This is when, a year and half ago, we explored containerization and saw that Docker was trying to provide very usable tools for containerization.  We were able to break instance in smaller partitions using container technologies and accommodate many more users on the same infrastructure.  Also as containers provide a lighter form of virtualization and can be launched in a few milliseconds, we could start the whole container on a user web request.  This led us to further optimize the deployments by passivating the application not being used.

Building this platform provided us a lot of learning, which we want to get to the enterprises. Docker based infrastructure provides containers, which can be shipped to different environments with minimal effort and configuration. Though, enterprise finds it challenging to leverage these technologies as these are still scattered.

WaveMaker Enterprise provides an enterprise solution, which can help enterprises save this complexity and achieve advantages including simplified and automated application delivery, optimized resource utilization along with other enterprise features including monitoring on all levels, role-based access control, release management, data backup, and recovery etc…

What WaveMaker Cloud offers

For an idea on what WaveMaker Cloud offers you, take a quick look at the WaveMaker Cloud page.  Let me list down the top features for the sake of completeness of this post

- Docker architected private cloud with Optimized Resource Utilization

- Micro-service Architecture for application deployment with easier versioning and upgrades of application and platform.

- IT Certified Software Stacks provisioning and configuration

- Continuous Delivery with reusable Software Stacks with minimum configuration.

- Comprehensive monitoring and management of applications, containers and infrastructure

How does it all work?

In a Micro Service Architecture based application deployment scenario, these are typically the steps followed:

1. IT Administrator creates the private cloud environment either using infrastructure from their data center or from IAAS providers.

2. Enterprise Architect defines the various microservices and their software dependencies for deployment.

3. DevOps Engineer then is responsible for hardware provisioning from the private cloud for all the services defined by the Enterprise Architect and deploy services.

In the world of WaveMaker Enterprise Cloud, the above steps translate into the following steps...

1. The IT Administrator easily creates a Docker-based Private Cloud infrastructure using WM Cloud’s DIY-based cloud management console.- He will create shards, to represent dev, staging & production environments,- Add physical instances to it, where containers get provisioned. The shards are available for selection when the applications are getting deployed

2. Enterprise Architect creates an Application Stack which represents the collection of configuration details of all the microservices (Services). The Service itself would have been created by either by the EA or a team of app developers working on that particular microservice.  The service configuration can contain one or more software components called Packages, which defines it.  For example, a web service can have the packages of Apache Tomcat and Java run time.

3. DevOps will use the service configurations and the package definitions are snapshotted as a Docker Image which is stored in a Private Enterprise Registry. DevOps is also responsible for configuring the provisioning requirements for each of the service.  These requirements range from selecting the size of container (viz. XL, L, M, S) to the number of containers per service for scalability.

In the action with WordPress application

In this post we will see how to quickly setup deployment of a WordPress application and replicate them consistently with minimal effort and configuration.

Let’s start with some terminologies.

Application Environment

Any application can be deployed to one or more environments referred as Application Environment. These can be configured for different stages of application delivery e.g. staging, production, etc.. or these can also be some other environment as customer dedicated environment etc..

Application Stack

Application Stack represents a reusable deployable application with all its services in a logical group. This can be deployed on more than one application environment expediting application delivery. The minimum configuration is required for deploying an existing Application Stack on different environments. An Application Stack may consist of multiple services.

Services / Images

A Service (Image) represents a micro-service in the deployment of an application. E.g. MySql , Apache2 can be 2 different services in an application stack.  Service is based on an Image that consists of multiple packages. The image actually maps to a DockerFile.  It requires may require some configuration variables which can be supplied when the Application Stack is configured in a new Application Environment.


A service consists of multiple packages. E.g. a Tomcat service will need Java and Tomcat packages. Other than that a package in WaveMaker Enterprise can also specify the configuration variables needed at runtime. The values of configuration variables can be provided when Application Stack is deployed on a specific environment.

A Package can easily be configured with a few scripts in WaveMaker Enterprise.  Existing scripts can be used to create a package.

Base Images and Private Image Registry

A service (Image) can be created on the top of one of the base images. Base images are Docker images hosted in a private image repository in an enterprise. A new base image can be downloaded from the Docker repository, or can also be created and uploaded to a private image registry.

Illustrative Example using WordPress Application

In this example, we will take a simple case of deploying a WordPress application on WaveMaker Enterprise. We will simplify it to use only one service consisting of packages Apache2 with PHP, MySQL, and WordPress. You need to have WaveMaker enterprise installed and need to register as a valid user to it.

Let’s create the packages first.


MySQL Package

Provide information including the name of the package, version. Other than this vendor and OS which will run this package can be provided.

You can specify the files needed for the installation, configuration, and start of this package. These files can be the script files that you need to execute, of the other required files for the package. They will be uploaded to a directory with the name /wm/<packagename>, where the package name is the name of the package you specified in the previous step.

Other than this we need to provide the commands to add these packages. The following are the commands

Installation Commands [Executed during installation]

chmod 777 /tmp && apt-get -y install mysql-server-5.6 mysql-client-5.6

Configuration Commands [Executed during configuration, uses the value configured for configuration variables during Application Environment creation, e.g. MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD]

#Permit Root User to Login
sed -i -e"s/^bind-addresss*=s* =" /etc/mysql/my.cnf
/usr/bin/mysqld_safe &
sleep 10
#change root password, the password value is taken from env property named MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD
mysql -uroot -e "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON *.* TO 'root'@'%' WITH GRANT OPTION";
mysql -uroot -e "UPDATE mysql.user SET Password=PASSWORD('$MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD') WHERE User='root'";
mysql -uroot -e "FLUSH PRIVILEGES";

Startup Commands [Executed to start the package component. E.g. MySQL in this case.]

             /usr/bin/mysqld_safe &

In this step, you specify the ports that need to be exposed for this service to be consumed. Also, the configuration variables required by the package need to be added in the Required field. E.g. MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD in the screenshot above.

Exposed configuration variables are those set by this package and can be consumed by other packages in the service. E.g. JAVA_HOME can be configured by the installation of a Java package and can be consumed by the dependent packages.

Apache2 with PHP

Installation Commands

# apache installation
apt-get -y install apache2 libapache2-mod-php5

#PHP installation
apt-get -y install php5-mysql pwgen php-apc php5-mcrypt

Configuration Commands
sed -i "s/KeepAliveTimeout 5/KeepAliveTimeout 300/g" /etc/apache2/apache2.conf

Start Commands
/usr/sbin/apache2ctl start

Specify port Http/80 and https/443 on the configuration page.

WordPress Package

Installation Commands

# Install WordPress
wget -O /tmp/wordpress.zip https://wordpress.org/latest.zip
cd            /var/www/html
unzip /tmp/wordpress.zip

Configuration Script

cd /var/www/html/wordpress
# db creation for wordpress requires env properties such as MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD, WORDPRESS_DB_USER, WORDPRESS_DB_PASSWORD
mysql -uroot -p$MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD -e "create database wordpress";
mysql -uroot -p$MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD -e "CREATE USER wordpress@localhost IDENTIFIED BY 'wordpress123';"
mysql -uroot -p$MYSQL_ROOT_PASSWORD -e "GRANT ALL PRIVILEGES ON wordpress.* TO wordpress@localhost;"
cp wp-config-sample.php wp-config.php
sed -i "s/database_name_here/wordpress/g" wp-config.php
sed -i "s/username_here/wordpress/g" wp-config.php
sed -i "s/password_here/wordpress123/g" wp-config.php
cd /var/www/html
chown -R www-data.www-data *
mkdir wordpress/wp-content/uploads

All Packages

Now we need to create Service /Image with these packages.’

Let’s create image with name wordpress choosing base image of Ubuntu 14.04 and provide it a version 1.0.

Now add packages we created to this Image and order the packages in the right order by simple drag and drop. WordPress Package is kept in the end as it will depend on the other 2 packages.

You can see the DockerFile generated for the Image. Also other scripts involved can be looked at.

You can see the logs of Docker Image build and push.

After this we can configure a service from an Image providing the default values for the configuration properties. These properties can be modified later while configuring the environment.

Now let’s create a reusable Application Stack

You can create an Application Stack by selecting the services you need to add. We are adding WordPress Service we just created here.

Instantly provision Environment with the WordPress Application Stack

Provide a version, application stack, and shard to which we need to deploy the WordPress application. As we saw earlier shards were configured by the IT Administrator for logical slicing of the enterprise cloud. Please select the default shard here.

Also, we need to provide the number of nodes and the strategy for balancing the load. I am choosing a simple Round Robin strategy.  Container type will decide the size of resources available to the WordPress applications.

We can configure the server URI for application deployment.

Values of configuration variables can be modified here for environment-specific values.

Ready with WordPress Application

Access the application on https://wordpress.demo.nwie.net/wordpress/index.php


We saw in this blog, how simple it is to create a reusable application stack and deploy it in any environment with minimum configuration. This really provides great optimization and continuous deployment of enterprise applications saving long release cycles.  Please contact info@wavemaker.com for a demonstration and more information.

A common request among WaveMaker Studio developers is to integrate third-party UI widgets inside WaveMaker Studio and make them available as drag-and-drop components.  This task becomes especially challenging when we consider the fact that the WaveMaker Studio uses AngularJS technology for defining its widgets and the third-party widget may be using another technology like jQuery.  In this blog post, we will take a use case-based approach to see how a jQuery-based third-party widget is integrated with WaveMaker Studio.  For achieving this, we will leverage Studio’s very own superstar component  - Prefab - and demonstrate its power of customization.

Use case

Lets take Lightbox image viewer widget and see how users can integrate this widget into WaveMaker Studio using Prefabs.   This widget is jQuery-based and this link gives the details about how to use the Lightbox widget in general.

Steps to integrate Lightbox widget into WaveMaker Studio

The detailed steps to create this Prefab, export it and use it any WaveMaker Studio project are given below.

1.  Get the widget library source code: Download the Lightbox resource files from here and unzip it into a folder


2. Import the relevant js, css and image files into WaveMaker Studio.  In case of Lightbox widget, the details are given in the step-1 of “How to use” section in the Lightbox project home page.

The imported files can be seen under the folders js, css and image.

3. Set the Bindable Properties for the Prefab: Go to the newly introduced “Prefabs Properties” section under the project “Settings” and add references to the imported js under script section, css under the style section and an icon  file.  Add the bindable properties that are needed for this Prefab. In this example, we have added  “image” and “title” properties that represent the location and title of the image to be displayed.

These properties will appear in the properties panel of the Prefab, once it is dragged and dropped into the WYSIWYG canvas.

Check out the WaveMaker Prefabs documentation to get complete details about this new feature.

4. Design the Prefab UI: Drag and drop the “picture” widget to display the image thumbnail  and bind the “Hint” and “Source” attributes to the “title” and “image” properties respectively that you had defined in the previous step.

And finally, step-2 of “How to use” section of Lightbox documentation instructs the user to embed the images inside an anchor tag(<a>...</a>) & also add a “data-lightbox” attribute, to activate the widget.  In the Studio we can do this by adding the above details in the “Markup” section, as shown below.

5.  Export the Prefab using the Export menu item in Studio (see Fig-7).  Make sure you have tested the Prefab before you export it.

6. Import the Prefab and use it as any other component inside an app.  To demonstrate the Lightbox Prefab usage, lets  create a demo app called “ImageViewer” and import the Lightbox Prefab.  Once it is imported you can spot the LightboxPrefab in the Prefabs accordion section.

7. Perform the following customary steps in the Studio to integrate the LightboxPrefab:

a. Import the sample DB provided with WaveMaker Studio
b. Drag and drop a Live-List widget into the canvas and bind it to the dataset of “HRdbEmployeeData” live variable that got created automatically after import of sample DB.
c. Delete the  “panel1” created under the “listtemplate1”.
d. Drag and drop the lightbox prefab into the “listtemplate1” and bind the image “Source” property to “Variables.HrdbEmployeeData.dataSet.picurl” and the title to “Variables.HrdbEmployeeData.dataSet.firstName”

We are all set now.  Run the application and see how the Lightbox image viewer functionality executes successfully.

The above approach of using Prefabs can be applied successfully to integrate any third-party UI widgets into WaveMaker Studio instantly, providing the needed customization inside Studio.

Try it out with your widget of choice and let us know how it went.  Send your experience of integrating your custom widget to feedback@wavemaker.com.

Lightbox: lokesh dhakar projects - lightbox2

Karthick Viswanathan
Product & Customer-Success Manager