Few days ago Microsoft was included in the ranking of the 10 most innovative companies of 2015 as part of the Internet of Things and this result can not be absolutely considered a case. Most likely, the main reasons that have enabled Microsoft to achieve this great result are two :
The announcement of an operating system like Windows 10 that is able to run on any kind of device, from embedded systems, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles and finally to the PC;
The wide Microsoft Azure cloud services offer through which you can "accommodate" and analyze in real time the huge amount of data from the "things";
The Microsoft offer for the Internet of Things covers everything from embedded device (the "T") to the Cloud (the "I") failing to provide a solution under one "hat".
What are the available technologies ? How can we really "bring" our "things" in the Cloud and make them an integral part of the Internet of "Your" Things as it was renamed by Microsoft ...
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In the course of this tutorial we will see how it is possible to use the Raspberry Pi as a AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) client and connect it to Windows Azure Service Bus that supports the AMQP version 1.0.
Obviously, the choice of the client library is almost forced : Apache Qpid Proton. This library developed in C still provides the bindings for other languages including Java, Python, and PHP but in the course of the article we will use only the native version.
Generally, the Raspberry Pi is used with the Raspbian (based on Debian) distribution which is a Linux distribution. This means that we can install the Qpid Proton library as we do on a normal Ubuntu distribution on a PC or on a virtual machine on Windows Azure.
Connect to the Raspberry Pi
All of the following operations can be performed by directly accessing the Raspberry Pi through a monitor, keyboard, and mouse connected to it or remotely through the use of SSH connection.
The latter solution is certainly the most convenient, usi ...
One of the protocols most commonly used in the messaging systems that can be also used for the Internet of Things is the AMQP (Advanced Message Queuing Protocol) that already is OASIS standard and now it is at version 1.0.
The Service Bus offered by Windows Azure supports this protocol, that ensures communication between clients developed on different platforms. In the case of a Microsoft platform we have no problem thanks to the Windows Azure SDK (now at version 2.3) that completely abstracts the underlying communication protocol with the Service Bus (AMQP, SBMP, ...) thanks to its programming model.
if we are working on a non-Microsoft system, one of the best choices is to adopt the libraries of the Apache Qpid project and in particular the Qpid Proton. This library is developed in C and it provides the bindings for other languages including Java, Python, and PHP.
In this tutorial, we will see how to create an Ubuntu Server 12.04 LTS virtual machine on Windows Azure, install and use the Qpid Pr ...
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