The Internet of Things (IoT) is already upon us. Isn’t it? Every object you see around yourself — whether it’s your microwave, air conditioner, refrigerator, car and even your electric toothbrush is geared up to acquire a form of sentience. Some of them have already acquired. Apple TVs, Nest thermostats and Fitbit watches are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our embedded future.
Embedded systems, sensors, microcontrollers, network security and cloud backends are coming together to bestow smartness upon a gamut of former inanimate and dumb devices. Undoubtedly, by the end of 2020, the internet of things will be a trillion-dollar market and every big player in the hardware domain is endeavoring for the top position, along with a tsunami of new IoT startups.
Although embedded devices have been around us for a long time in the form of consumer electronics, but the Internet of Things (IoT) has given them a whole new dimension. Formerly, these embedded systems were self-contained and could work in seclusion, but now these connected objects need to interact with each other to work seamlessly. This clearly indicates that programmers and developers need to consider ways to streamline device-to-device (D2D) and device-to-server (D2S) communication.
Internet of Things and Testing
In traditional software development, the code can be written and testing can be automated in production-like environments. However, the contemporary approach that makes this progression foreseeable and repeatable is known as ‘Continuous Integration’. Its chief purpose is to accelerate development iterations, catch bugs early, reduce the risk of regression and promote code quality. It is quite developed in the web development domain and quickly progressing in the mobile app development space as well. In fact, you will be surprised to know that test automation is so ingrained in the mind of programmers and developers that many of them have altered their entire approach to programming, backing test-driven development — a model where testing drives code development and design, rather than the other way around. Though in the embedded world, things are increasingly getting complicated, however, the end user’s expectations are the same. We have all seen that IoT objects are not yet as powerful as their traditional counterparts.
Undoubtedly, the Internet of Things (IoT) promises to transform the way we relate to embedded systems all around us, but the high expectations set by industry giants such as Tesla, Cisco, Dell, Google, Microsoft and Apple will require the internet of things companies to evolve and raise the principles of testing in consumer electronics to new levels.
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