A Primer on the Internet of Everything for Programmers
Programing for The Internet of Everything (IoE) is both a challenge and incredibly fun. With more and more devices getting connected online, the opportunities for what you can do are virtually endless.
But, programing for the Internet of Everything brings it with its own range of challenges and problems. For example:
IoE Interoperabitly for Programers
The first thing a program needs to consider when coding for the Internet of Everything is how to actually integrate all the different devices. There are a range of standards and standards. The difficultly becomes even greater when you emerge from the “Internet of Things” thinking and instead start thinking about “Internet of Everything”. Although new devices can be made with the needs of Internet of Everything developers already included, when access everything that is online, you are likely to encounter APIs, Apps, and Services that haven’t had the kind of capabilities you need to be able to unlock The Internet of Everything’s full potential.
We believe CloudRail is the best solution to these problems. We allow you to integrate Devices, Things, Services, Cloud Programs, Sensors… and pretty much everything else that can be said to have network connectivity. The way CloudRail works is that we allow you to pick which devices and services you want to connect up to, as well as which functions you wish to use within these devices. Then, after you have done all of these selections, you can define your own custom endpoint and download a CloudRail SDK to sit within your application.
What this all means is that you never have to worry about integrating something manually again, as if it’s accessible in CloudRail, it’s accessible in your device. Furthermore, for those items we don’t have, you can either ask our community to create the definition or, even better, you can add it yourself.
The CloudRail solution also solves one of the other challenges facing programmers for the Internet of Everything
IoE Data Types for Programers
The other great mountain for programmers to climb is how to assemble all of the different data types that are for Internet of Everything devices. This challenge is further compounded when you also need to consider that it is very possible that you could be trying to use a range of data that you have never integrated before. For example, within the Philips Hue API, the CIE colour space is used, which is a completely different way of getting and using colour that programmers might be used to.This gets even more complex when you start to think of things like GPS, barometers, light measurements, etc
Other than learning all of the different data types, once again the solution here is to use CloudRail as we also translate the data outputted by the Internet of Things into your desired data structures.
IoE Security for Programmers
One of the biggest fears of the Internet of Everything is the idea that once every object is online, then every object becomes hackable. You can see how popular sentiment is online considering how fast Wired’s story about hacking a Jeep.
When developing Internet of Everything applications, not only do developers need to consider the security of their own apps, they also need to think about how secure whichever service they are using to connect up to the Internet of things is. Some Apps, such as ours, ensure that no data passes between the connectors service, leaving how secure (or inversely, insecure) something is up to the individual develop. Other systems will employ end to end encryption devices.
IoE and Compact Code for Programmers
The other thing to consider when developing applications for the Internet of Everything is processing and data retrieval requirements. One of the key items behind the growth of The Internet of Everything to expand to devices is adding a range of low power sensors to objects. However, this low power also means that code needs to be streamlined to be able to execute it’s required processes in enough time.
IoE and Availability for Programmers
The other problem is needing to make sure that your program can work if a device can’t actually be accessed for any reason. Consider this; with so many devices active on a network, it is very possible that one of these devices may fail. You also need to consider what to do if the network is down. wherever that be the internal network created by a bridge like the Philips Hue, or the users own Internet access.
There are also compounded problems of latency. Not every Internet of Things device will get back to the server at the same time, and with devices spread all around the globe, it is also possible that simple distance will increase the amount of time that will be spent for the dat to finally get into your application.
Why should you Program for the Internet of Everything
We’ve covered this in detail in another article, but consider that when you code for the Internet of Everything, you are making sure that your programs are future proof and will be able to quickly integrate to changing customer demands and usage cases.
One of the best ways for a programmer to start using the Internet of everything is to simply start getting coding. We try to make it as easy as possible with our CloudRail application and our CloudRail developer community, both of which are completely free.
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