It’s easy to learn how to drive a car without understanding how an internal combustion engine works. The same can be said about many of the machines and devices that we take for granted. Who among us can explain how an air conditioner cools a room? I expect that most people cannot. We typically learn just enough to use technology without taking the time to understand how and why it works.
However, there are times when it is important to dig below the surface in order to grasp the importance and possible applications of a new idea. A deeper knowledge of just about anything can often lead us to solutions that would not otherwise be considered. We ask better questions and expect more complete answers.
In my latest article for No Jitter, I explain how IoT platforms consist of a layered architecture of devices, gateways, services, and business applications. If you plan on working with or developing applications for this exciting technology, it’s necessary that you understand how it is put together.