As a result, the Industrial Internet of Things will likely embrace this trend as well.
The IIoT Language Barrier
In traditional web applications, there's usually a client-side application (like a browser) requesting data (like text or images on a webpage) from a server-side resource, which is where the text and images the browser wants to access are actually stored.
But on the server side, a different type of language is needed to build applications that are capable of receiving connections from clients, fetching the resources the client is looking for, and then transmitting those resources to the client.
This can be accomplished using a variety of technologies and languages. The ones chosen depend on many factors, including the amount of traffic or number of requests the server will be handing, and the server's hardware resources like processor and memory, operating system, bandwidth, IT expertise, and so on. Some of the popular server-side languages today are PHP, Java, and .NET, to name just a few.
This lack of parity between languages used for client-side and server-side application development is a roadblock for developing IIoT applications. You can still get your application built, but wouldn’t it be a lot easier if we were all using the same languages, protocols, and architectures to build our solutions?
Enter server-side scripting.
When we start thinking about our IIoT applications, we need to remember that most of them are going to require some form of client/server application architecture.
Which means we’re going to need two different developers, one versed in client-side languages and one versed in server-side languages, to build our application.
And Node.js also happens to be our next top software technology that industrial automation professionals need for industrial IoT applications.
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