IPTEC to attend IoT Expo – Qatar 2019

IPTEC to attend IoT Expo – Qatar 2019

IPTEC to attend IoT Expo – Qatar 2019

Written by IPTEC

February 16, 2019

IPTEC is excited to take part in the first and only IoT expo in Doha, Qatar. Aligned with the Qatar National Vision 2030, this expo will showcase the technologies that will usher in a new era for Qatar and the world. For two days experts and advisors will demonstrate and showcase the possibilities of IoT in industries such as: AI, Smart Cities, Industrial IoT, Healthcare Technology, 5G, Connected / Automated Cars, Smart Homes/Living and more. See you there!

Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices worldwide

“In Qatar, building a strong and diversified economy is at the core of the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030. As such, leveraging the power of technologies such as IoT will be vital in building a knowledge-based economy that is characterised by innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness” Read more here.

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The most popular programming, scripting and markup languages today

The most popular programming, scripting and markup languages today

Hundreds, if not thousands of programming languages exist, however there are only a handful that developers rely on to get the job done.

In this post, we will be talking about the most popular programming languages used in today’s web development ecosystem. Popular developer forum stackoverflow posted this chart highlighting popularity among over 70,000 respondents. JavaScript takes the top spot again, followed by HTML & CSS.

 

GitHub, the code sharing site used by millions of developers globally also states JavaScript as the top programming language used and that has been the case for the last 4+ years on their platform.

GitHub’s annual Octoverse report provides insight into the happenings of the software developer world. While its easy to conclude that JavaScript is the top programming language, others exist and are widely used and highly effective in certain applications.

 

  1. C++

An extended version C, C++ is an object oriented low-level programming language that dates back to the 1970s. C++ is fast providing speed that high level languages like Java and Python can’t achieve.  As the core language in many operating systems, browsers and games, C++ is still widely used and taught.

  1. PHP

Hypertext Preprocessor (or PHP) was built for web development and is an open source, server-side scripting language used also for developing web applications. Dynamic and interactive, PHP powers some of the largest and most well known sites like Facebook.

  1. C#

Pronounced C Sharp, this object-oriented programming language was developed by Microsoft for building enterprise level applications and software used by large organizations. Both C++ and C# are object-oriented languages, although C++ is considered a harder language to work with

  1. Python

A powerful high-level programming language, Java has experienced a sharp increase in popularity and set to contunue. Due to its multi-purpose nature, Python is used for a wide range of tasks from machine learning to web development, data analysis and more. On GitHub, Python surpassed Java with more than 40% more pull requests in 2017 than the year prior. Stackoverflow refers to Python as the “fastest growing major programming language”

  1. Bash (Unix Shell)

A Unix shell and command language, Bash (Bourne Again Shell) is widely distributed as the default login shell for most Linux distributions including Apple’s macOS accessed by “Terminal”. Bash is a sh-compatible shell that makes use of key features from the Korn shell (ksh) and C shell (csh).

  1. Java

Not to be confused with JavaSctipt, Java is a general purpose computer programming language that was designed to look and feel like the C++ language. Developed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible, Java can be used in multiple applications including but not limited ot: IoT, enterprise architecture and cloud computing.

  1. SQL

Structured Query Language (SQL) is a standard computer language for relational database management and manipulation. With a well defined set of standards, high speed and interactive language, SQL remains the top database technology being used today.

  1. CSS

Cascading Style Sheet (CSS) is used to format the layout of web pages and can be used to define text styles, table sizes and many more parts of web page that previously had to be defined in HTML. CSS is a cornerstone technology that’s able to control the layout of multiple web pages all at once making it a unique and time saving programming language.

  1. HTML

Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is the standard markup language for web pages and applications. HTML is used to to define the structure and layout of a Web document by using tags and attributes. Along with CSS and JavaScript, HTML makes up part of the cornerstone technologies powering the web today.

  1. JavaScript

Abbreviated JS, JavaScript is a high-level interpreted programming language that can be characterized as dynamic, weakly typed, prototype-based and multi-paradigm. Written into an HTML page, Javascript can update and change HTML and CSS, it can also calculate, manipulate and validate data. Together with CSS and HTML, JavaScript is a cornerstone technology that is the most popular language used today for its features and flexibility.

And thats it, JavaScript takes the top spot yet again due to its functionally and wide range of capabilities. Together with HTML and CSS, JavaScript powers many of the web pages and applications you use every day, including this website. From your friends at Insight Progressive, we hope you found this an interesting and informative.

 

API Security and what you should know

API Security and what you should know

API Security and what you should know
This post will be part 1 of 3 for our ultimate guide to API security. In this post we will be discussing concerns regarding digital assets.
APIs are a strategic and fundamental requirement for many businesses today. However the fear of unjust exposure of information that APIs may expose causes concern for IT decision makers.
When integrating an API, there are many steps and processes taken from sandbox to launch, one of the most important being Security. Constantly evolving, threats in web security make APIs vulnerable, however steps can be taken to ensure the ongoing saftey and security of your application.
Every day new threats and vulnerabilities are created. Often, developers find themselves racing against the clock to patch these issues. In the early days, API security consisted of a basic authorization (like username and password) which would be forwarded to the software running it however this created an enormous security risk.
Today, Open Authorization (OAUTH) is the most commonly used API security measure for authorization which does not allow API client to access the users information, instead it relays the user to a page on the destination server where they can enter their login info then relays an access token for that user to the API.
API security best practices are well defined for all APIs both simple and complex. Developers have the responsibility to ensure that their API keeps users data secure, meaning they must create a layer between their information and the client. Furthermore, private information should not be requested or shared through a public API as that information also is vulnerable in the event of a breach.
Learn more about API Security in our 3 part series publishing this month!

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The Internet of Things and how it impacts life as we know it

The Internet of Things and how it impacts life as we know it

The Internet of Things and how it impacts life as we know it

Written by IPTEC

September 17, 2018

The “Internet of Things” (IoT) is becoming an increasingly involved part of our everyday lives and conversations unsuspectingly. Things like your smartwatch, smart home appliances and cars are the most widely used and accepted elements of the IoT world, however this list is growing fast.

Simply put, IoT is the Internet based technology that interacts with everyday parts of our lives like cars, home and workplace appliances, equipment and more. IoT takes place when connecting any device with an on/off switch to the internet so people and organizations can control and monitor devices remotely. Think coffee makers. IoT can also be described as the relationship between people-people, people-things, and things-things.

Analysts are projecting IoT device penetration to reach nearly 100 billion connected devices by 2020.The combination of abundant and cheap internet and IT hardware available are largely responsible for the proliferation of IoT.

On a small scale, IoT will be used to connect things like your indoor lighting to the local WiFi network where you can control rooms with your mobile phone. On a larger scale, we will see IoT cities that use connectivity to reduce traffic, energy and waste to improve lives of communities.

IoT pundits express concern about privacy related issues and the amount of data collected and stored by these devices. To address this issue, equipment manufacturers and integrators will need to utilize best practice in storing, tracking and disseminating the enormous amount of data generated.

You may ask, how will it impact me? The answer is in every possible way. Anything that can be connected will be, the next technological frontier is happening now.

Gartner predicts that by 2020, there will be over 26 billion connected devices worldwide

“In Qatar, building a strong and diversified economy is at the core of the Qatar National Vision (QNV) 2030. As such, leveraging the power of technologies such as IoT will be vital in building a knowledge-based economy that is characterised by innovation, entrepreneurship and competitiveness” Read more here.

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