It has been a really busy few months in “MQTT land” and there have been a lot of changes and updates – if you haven’t been following us on Twitter, Google+ or the mailing list, it might be worth recapping some of the news here.
The mqtt.org wiki has had a thorough facelift – upgraded, new capabilities added, a mobile web UI, and a lot more information added. Over time, the static Documentation and FAQ pages will probably migrate there as well. We now have a section dedicated to the protocol itself including some of the clarifications and questions around the spec that have come up via the mailing list; a much more extensive page listing example uses; some ideas for people wanting to develop new “things”; and the coding examples section is being worked on (did you know there’s an iPhone example now?). Wikis work best with lots of contributors, so please help to build it up into a better resource – even if only to add some headings for new sections that you’d like to see created!
The Software page continues to grow. That’s very awesome, as it means that more people get to try out MQTT in their languages of choice. There are device implementations for the Netduino and Nanode now, the node.js implementation has been significantly improved, there are some more Java implementations, and there’s also now a “plugins” section that lists extensions which add MQTT support to other runtimes.
Excitingly, there are also a couple of new broker implementations due soon – ELWIX (an embedded UNIX variant) is due to support MQTT in the next release, and Nirvana have announced early access to MQTT support in v7 of their messaging product.
A couple of podcasts featuring MQTT content came out during January:
- episode 9 of the IBM Connectivity and Integration podcast series features Andy Piper talking to Angel Diaz of IBM, and Arlen Nipper of Eurotech (Arlen was co-inventor of MQTT)
- there is an episode of the Technometria podcast dedicated to MQTT, with Andy Piper answering some deeper technical questions about the protocol.
Events (and Awards)
A quick round-up of recent and forthcoming events:
- IBM announced a (funded) residency to write a Redbook on MQTT during March.
- The first face-to-face meeting of the Eclipse M2M Industry Working Group took place in Hursley, UK, on January 31 2012. The Eclipse Paho roadmap was discussed (more on this to come).
- EclipseCon takes place in Reston, Virginia, March 26-29 and will feature M2M/IoT content and birds-of-a-feather sessions.
- MQTT on an Amazon Kindle (!) won the Innovation Award at the London Green Hackathon, January 28-29 – check it out!
If you’ve ever wanted a cool MQTT Inside sticker for your project, Ben Hardill has come up with a neat tool that uses the MOO API to enable you to self-serve purchase stickerbooks filled with them. That’s over on the new Goodies page, and the plan is to add more handy promotional schwag over there in time. What kinds of things should we make available? Let us know!