Eclipse Paho, Open Source, and other news

November 3rd, 2011 - andyp

A big day for MQTT… “the little protocol that could”? 🙂

Back in August, we mentioned the intent to take MQTT to a standards body – that process is in progress.

On November 2, IBM and Eurotech, the originators of the MQTT protocol specification, announced that they were joining Sierra Wireless and the Eclipse Foundation in a new Machine-to-Machine (M2M) Industry Working Group at Eclipse. Sierra Wireless have already contributed M2M frameworks and tooling to the proposed Eclipse Koneki project.

Today, November 3, IBM and Eurotech also announced the donation of Java and C MQTT clients to the newly-proposed Eclipse Paho M2M messaging project.

What does this mean? Well, to start off with, the IBM Java and C clients will be donated to the Paho project. The project proposal defines the ongoing scope as:

…to provide open source implementations of open and standard messaging protocols that support current and emerging requirements of M2M integration with Web and Enterprise middleware and applications.  It will include client implementations for use on embedded platforms along with corresponding server support as determined by the community.

In order for M2M device and client developers to integrate, develop and test messaging components end-to-end, Paho will address the development of frameworks and sample code needed to support testing and development of end-to-end device connectivity with a server. The project will make these available in an Eclipse M2M sever “sandbox”, as recommended by the Eclipse M2M Industry Working Group.

The Paho project scope includes the development of tooling that will support effective use, integration and testing of the messaging components.

This has created a lot of buzz, as tweets and articles we’ve been seeing today confirm. It’s great news, and we encourage everyone to join the Google Group for more discussion on the future of MQTT, or to watch the progress of Eclipse Paho and other related projects as they develop.

As always – we also thank everyone involved in the MQTT community for their passion and interest – it’s just amazing that there are so many implementations out there already. Here’s to the M2M space powered by MQTT!


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