Internet of Things and Node.js development

If the Internet of Things is the next big thing, Node.js will play a key role inside the IoT development. I’m more and more interested and involved on learning and using Node.js for project development and applications prototype. Writing this post, I want to state some advantages on using javascript in the realm of Internet of Things and describe some significant challenges for the future.
If data growth are limitless, now we need new ways to manage network connections, data control and, most of all, device intelligence, to extract real useful information from data.
App dev must become more rapid, agile, flexible and capable to provide a unified experience between the business systems they need to communicate with and the embedded devices themselves.
Finally, we need to do and test things quickly, to create unexpensive proof of concept for our solutions, avoiding at the beginning, complex solutions with steep curve of learning or implementations.
Node.js seems to be the system that accomodate better than other these requirements, its speed, scalability and efficiency, making it great for developing data-intensive and real-time applications. Plus, in Node.Js, “real-time” is a cornerstone on its development.
It has wider support from thousand of developers around the globe that have already developed more than 250000 modules (at this date: May 3, 2016), collected inside the Node Packaged Modules (NPM) repository. Inside this sea of code, there are modules built to work with Arduino, BeagleBone, Intel Galileo, Raspeberry PI, BlueTooth, energy control, robotics and so on. You name it, NPM will (almost) serve you!
Finally, Node.js it’s API friendly, with at least three great framework suitable for API development like Express (my favorite choice), Restify and Hapi.

All these points make clear that Node.js it’s one of the best choice if you want:
– divide the logic of your products in tiny little pieces to share between different devices;
– thinking in scalability through API development;
– focus on producing a clean and extensible design.

In the next post, I will list some of the more useful frameworks to develop applications for the Internet of Things using the capability of Node.js.