Why Java Is the Perfect Choice For IoT
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In today's businesses-centric digital world, everyone is always on the lookout for new technologies that will uplift excellence in a cost-effective way to reach new heights, along with making life a little easier for people around the world to connect. So, taking things a step further, the Internet of Things is the new wave of technology that is making a big bang.
By now, most of you pretty much know what the revolutionary technology of IoT is all about. From health gears, smartphones, and wearables to automated homes, smart lighting, smart refrigerators and TVs, IoT has found its application everywhere! So, IoT isn’t something that’s new.
IoT is a kind of technology that connects devices in its ecosystem and communicates with them. It also helps the machines to understand and determine when they need to be upgraded or when their errors need to be checked.
IoT and Java
However, the concept is quite interesting — especially for those intending to make a bang out with this next big technology.
This programming language has been the backbone for many technologies that have emerged and it is not an exception in IoT also. But the question for most developers and those intending to switch to the IoT is about the programming languages.
For IoT, there are a lot of programming languages that can be applied, like C, C++, Python, and more. But, Java offers an edge to developers that is unparalleled. One of the primary reasons IoT programmers gravitate toward Java is because of its flexibility and versatility.
The Power Of Java
Java is something that is intended to let an application “write once, run everywhere." Unlike C or other languages, Java makes a popular choice for IoT applications. The platform independence of Java adds value in such a way that if an application is developed using Java and requires an update when it runs on a new platform, this transition will be smoother and less error-prone.
Of the two main categories of IoT – consumer and industrial — Java finds a special spot in industrial IoT mainly because of its zero affinity with its hardware devices. It is difficult to attribute a programming language for a specific set of hardware devices, as hardware specifications vary from one device to another.
Therefore, there’s a growing need for a language that can run the program on any devices with an ease of connectivity. Here, Java excels with its portability and that makes it an ideal choice to adopt the language for programming IoT.
Another fact is that Java is more secure and stable. When industrial devices have to be managed, operated, and automated from remote, stability becomes an important criterium. Besides, Java handles backward compatibility with ease, making it a more ideal choice.
Moreover, Java is highly interoperable. Since IoT is a cluster of technologies, such as cloud computing, big data, sensors, new and old hardware devices, and M2M computing, interoperability is crucial. And, its ability to bring all these diverse devices together makes it the best choice for IoT applications.
Programming with Java makes IoT devices more efficient in exchanging information and making proper use of the information when and where it is needed. So, the device becomes more integrated.
One of the other fascinating aspects of Java is its innate ability to be object-oriented. Despite being portable, Java has an extensive built-in library of APIs that allow the language to call from a generic code and take complete control in creating embedded applications, further adding convenience to programme IoT.
It also enhances the lifecycle of the application with the ability to upgrade itself according to the market changes and manage itself with these changes without any glitch. This all makes it as a home run for IoT programmers.
The Bottom Line
Java has the ability to run on a wide range of devices from a mobile and embedded systems with limited CPU and memory to servers with immense power and capacity. This means Java can power the world of computing resources with its smooth and secure connection.
In short, Java offers impeccable versatility, universality, and reliability. It has evolved with surrounding technology, allowing the language to adapt to develop your IoT application as needed.
Therefore, the vision of IoT in creating sensors, automated devices, or computers that process their own data instead of waiting for people to input them, can be achieved by using Java. With ubiquitous connectivity, the world can know what is happening at any place at any given time.
Published at DZone with permission of Raj Ven. See the original article here.
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