Java and the Internet of Things (IoT): The Perfect Complement to Each Other
IoT is the shortened form of the Internet of Things. It is an uncoming technology that is about to redefine human life on this planet. The IoT is currently undergoing the process of converging with big data and cloud computing. Thus, it needs a seamless platform, ranging from the device to the data center with Java, to operate itself.
It is an undeniable fact that Oracle is offering a secure, integrated and comprehensive platform for the entire Internet of Things architecture. The key features with which Oracle caters to the IoT include:
- Much faster time to market
- Impregnable end-to-end security
- Smooth integration with existing IT systems
- Providing real-time response capability for zillions of device endpoints
- Full-range, end-to-end compatibility along with lifecycle solution management and
- Last but nevertheless the least, a worldwide and well-coordinated ecosystem of partners
Now, let us look at the other side of the spectrum. There are some 9 million Java developers – if not more – all over the world. It is one of the leading application development platforms around the globe and is the numero uno choice of the entire developer community.
The Maker Movement
The Maker Movement is undeniably relevant to our ongoing context. The strength or relevance of this ongoing movement is best manifested in the DIY (Do It Yourself) movement and is best exemplified by legendary real life charectors like Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak from the Apple Inc.
To put it in simple words, the Maker culture is an extension of the DIY approach in technology and engineering-oriented fields like robotics, 3-D painting and electronics. These apart, the Maker culture also manifests itself in the use of the CNC tools (Computer Numerical Control) and even in more traditional fields like woodworking, metalworking and the conventional arts and crafts.
The elements that are contributing to the success of this landmark movement include the following:
- Evolution of the Internet and the virtual communities across the web
- Availability of other relevant tools
- Enhanced capability to visualise and
- An innovative range of software applications
Java joins hands with the Maker Movement
Java was originally designed as a programming language to connect with things or items like home appliances. However, over the last one decade or so, it deviated into providing corporate solutions, making online sales and the banking sector. But, with the Maker Movement, Java is coming back home to its origin. Thus, Java developers worldwide see this development as an opportunity to hone their creativity once again and re-explore that ways to apply their skills.
Java, unlike any other comprehensive and reliable programming languages, is flexible for different sizes of computers. This makes it the most suitable platform for the Internet of Things.
Thus, it won’t be a mistake to conclude, Java and the IoT are perfect complement to each other.