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In every modern contemporary field, there seems to be a new trend popping up now and then. In the world of technology, that trends seems to be the Internet of Things (IOT) these days. We touched upon the subject in one of our previous posts and here, we'll be discussing it in detail. This new idea of seamless integration of devices under one's use is aimed at making the human life much easier. Its core concept is being shaped around electronic appliances that will be able to respond to outside world data through built in sensors. And so with this trend catching traction among developers, the tools for it have also flourished. Here in this post, we discuss the top 5 IOT tools used by developers. So lets take a look.
The first on our list of 5 is Eclipse. These guys apparently provide the necessary technology to build gateways, cloud platforms and other IOT devices. Eclipse is a mesh of different companies and individuals having come together to establish an IOT platform for open technologies. And with their events scheduled around Europe this calendar year (Germany, Spain & England), Eclipse is a synergy that is going from strength to strength.
This cross-platform IOT tool encompasses an Integrated Development Environment (I.D.E), build system & library manager. Such qualities make the PlatformIO probably the best IOT development platform out there. It can furthermore be installed as a plugin. It also has support for 200 different IOT hardwares boards which means that the development time can be drastically cut down.
Node-RED is a programming tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services and thus provides a flow based programming platform for IOT. Its browser based editing makes it easy to wire together flows using the wide range of nodes. Its runtime meanwhile is built on Node.js which provides it with an event driven, non blocking model. This helps in cutting down the cost on hardware. With 225,000+ modules in Node's package repository, it is easy to extend the range of palette nodes to add new capabilities.
When you're building a technology for the future, it helps to have a tool that can predict that very future. That's what the guys up in IBM have apparently been doing. Through the use of predictive analysis on IOT data, it is now possible to recognize objects in images, understand conversations and much more. Through IBM Watson, the company has done a splendid job to expand useful service for the Internet of Things.
As peculiar as the name may sound, IFTTT (pronounced if this, then that) in accordance to the programming logics is a very useful IOT tool that lets developers bring together a wide array of tools under one umbrella. It has support for Wemo, Phillips Hue, Nest, and more. This makes it the go to place when you need to bring together all these devices and tools.
With the internet of things only being an infant tech idea, there is surely going to be a huge range of development in its tools in the coming years. As for now, the ones mentioned will lead the way into the new era.