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Fantastic news for Open Source and IoT fans

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Node-RED visual programming for the Internet of Things (IoT) is now a JS Foundation Project

An open Internet of Things industry is critical. Providing application developers with the right tools is essential, and expanding those tools to work with every IoT device, gateway, network, database, and cloud is how we will all accelerate growth of the Internet of Things marketplace. Node-RED is an open source tool for wiring together hardware devices, APIs and online services using a visual flow-based programming model that allows users to quickly create apps using an easy drag-and-drop interface.

To underline how fundamental Node-RED is to wiring the Internet of Things, IBM is contributing Node-RED as an open source JS Foundation project. Node-RED makes IoT more accessible by helping developers quickly wire together hardware devices, APIs and online services using a visual flow-based programming model and an easy drag-and-drop interface.

Built on Node.js, it is a platform-agnostic tool that runs just as easily in the cloud as it does on a Raspberry Pi, where it comes pre-installed. With over 600 community – contributed nodes available to extend the palette, there is a vibrant and active user community driving the project forward. Whether used for commercial solutions or bringing dinosaurs to life, it makes developing for the Internet of Things accessible to all.

Read the JS Foundation Press Release, or read the blog by Nick O’Leary, one of the big brains behind the initial creation of Node-RED.

Get ready to kick-off the IoT Builders Contest on Instructables.com

Celebrate the great news about Node-RED by getting your hands dirty. There is no time like the present to start using Watson IoT Platform and Node-RED together. With everything to gain, and nothing to lose, why not check out the new Instructables contest.

Join the Internet of Things maker movement and the world’s largest maker community for the IoT Builder’s challenge on Instructables.com _ sponsored by Watson IoT.  Use IBM Watson Services, Watson IoT Services or Node-RED visual programming environment for your shot at top prizes. In the IoT Builders Contest, we want you to build internet-connected solutions for your smart home, health, recreation, devices, apps, and all other Internet of Things ideas you can come up with. Start building.

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