The dark side of the IoT meets ESC -

The dark side of the IoT meets ESC


My chum David Ewing — the Chief Technology Officer at Synapse Wireless — was just visiting with me here in my office.

David is a pretty exuberant fellow at the best of times, but he's particularly excited about the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC), which will take place 4-5 November 2015 in Minneapolis, MN.

The reason for David's anticipation and enthusiasm is that he's going to be presenting a session at ESC Minneapolis on the use of higher-level programming paradigms as embodied by languages like Python and Javascript to create the “Things” in the Internet of Things (IoT).

We were noodling about what to call David's presentation when he saw Darth Tater (the Darth Vader incarnation of Mr. Potato Head) sitting on my BADASS Display. This caused David to start ruminating about the way in which many assembly-level programmers in the days of yore fought “tooth-and-nail” against moving to the higher level of abstraction offered by C, and how many of today's C programmers view languages like Python and Javascript as being on the “Dark Side.”

Before long, as you can see in this video, David and Darth Tater were in hot dispute — I'm ashamed to admit that I had to pull them apart before someone did or said something they would later regret.

One good thing did come out of these shenanigans, however — the title of David's presentation: Welcome to the Dark Side of IoT: Developing Things with Python and Javascript.

David tells me that he's not planning on using many slides in his presentation; instead, he will be coding “on the fly” to provide a fast-paced, hands-on display of the power of modern programming languages and tools with regard to prototyping, developing, and deploying embedded networked devices.

As Darth Vader might have said: “Assembly may be your father, and C may be your mother, but Python is your destiny!”

Hopefully, your destiny will be to attend David's presentation at ESC Minneapolis. Have you registered yet? If not, why not? All I can say is that you'd better sign up quickly before all the good seats are taken!

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