This week’s announcement that IBM is a founding member of the JS Foundation further confirms something I’ve been saying for years now: there’s never been a better time to be working in open technology.
More than that, the JS Foundation represents a giant step forward in bringing more openness to the developer community.
I often say that when organizations collaborate on open source and open standards, everyone wins. We’ve seen it with OpenStack. We’ve seen it with Cloud Foundry. We’re seeing it with the Cloud Native Compute Foundation and the Open Container Initiative. Outside of cloud, we’re seeing it with the Open API Initiative and Spark. I believe we’ll see it with the JS Foundation as well.
What IBM contributes
IBM and community partners are contributing Node-RED as one of the JS Foundation’s core projects. For anyone new to Node-RED, it’s a flow-based programming environment aimed at creating event-driven applications that can easily integrate with APIs and services.
Like many great ideas, this started as an experimental project in 2013 that quickly grew to widespread usage in the IoT community. Node-RED already enjoys a broad ecosystem of flows and nodes that the entire community shares. Its broad adoption in the IoT space has even resulted in Node-RED being shipped as part of the Raspberry PI distribution.
Driving open collaboration
Open communities thrive when equal emphasis is given to developing code, community, and culture. By bringing together the community around core platform technologies and the application tier with the JS Foundation, the industry is establishing a center of gravity to drive innovation in the open.
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