Building for the Internet of things (and the demise of the client-server model)

January 31st, 2013

Developers, listen up: Everything you’re doing now will be irrelevant within the next ten years. The way you think about and build applications, services, and software — along with the tools you use to do so — will soon be irrelevant. There’s a massive shift happening in technology, and we are failing to recognize its implications. While this may seem like a bold assertion, the change is actually quite straightforward: the client-server model is coming to an end. The traditional flow of data (end user requests data from client; client requests data from server; server delivers to client; and the client back to the end user) is not only inefficient; it’s unsustainable as the demand for data increases.

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