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IoT with Elixir and CoAP part 1: Example on how to easily prototype and build an IoT platform

The number of devices going online grows every day. Connecting them all presents new challenges since IoT hardware is often limited in terms of available resources. Cheap, power-efficient microcontrollers with unreliable power sources have to talk to each other over wireless networks with low throughput and high packet loss rate. They usually use...

Hanami with OAuth

At Monterail we like to try new stuff. We try new languages and new (maybe not so new) frameworks.

Hanami (formerly Lotus) is a Ruby web framework created by Luca Guidi and community.

Probably the most problematic thing for people trying hanami after experience with rails is changing your mind away from the “rails way”. I can write many good things...

State of Internet of Things standards in 2016: In search of the best IoT platform

On the very day that our Internet of Things R&D team held its first meeting, a major news story broke: A group of tech companies, including Qualcomm and Microsoft, had joined the Open Interconnect Consortium (OIC) – one of the leading standards groups in the IoT world – effectively forming a new entity called the Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF...

Front end + design = prototype magic. Advantages of blurring responsibilities

The topic of whether designers should or should not learn to code isn’t actually anything new. The pursuit of creating the web of tomorrow has led to the blurring of lines between front-end and back-end development where the front-end developer has started to become too general. Ever since the popularisation of the AngularJS framework, JavaScript...

Fixed price vs. Time&Materials

One of the main goals of a Project Manager is to maintain a comfortable environment for developers in order to let them do their job in the best way possible.

And even though they don’t seem to relate directly to actual development, contract details often affect not only financial prognosis, but also the everyday work of web-development teams. Let...

How we built a workflow for an Internet of Things R&D team

Diverse nature of creation

I was always really keen on building stuff. First it was with Lego blocks, which we all know from our childhood (I still love to build Lego with my nephew). Later, it became simple fighting robots that were entered in local contests - a group of friends and I tried to build some extremely amateur electronics and mechanical...

What does a year of making apps at Monterail look like? 2015 Interactive Review

In a world eaten by software, it’s often believed that making software is an exponential, factory-like process. A process of connecting thousands of lines of code that fly-in constantly from multiple anonymous developers who tirelessly type away on their keyboards. We have a solid track record to believe otherwise.

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