Hardware, Software & the Internet of Things
June 23–25, 2015 • San Francisco, CA

HTTP is not enough

Matt Biddulph (Hackdiary)
1:15pm–1:55pm Wednesday, 06/24/2015
Protocols & Platforms
Location: Southside Theater (Bldg D)
Average rating: ****.
(4.33, 6 ratings)

Prerequisite Knowledge

Developer-centric talk. A basic understanding of how today's web is implemented (HTTP, etc) would be useful.


Connecting every device on the planet would be impossible without the internet. But are the protocols, technologies, and implementation practices that we used to build the web enough to power this new generation?

The demands of real-time, low-latency, battery-preservation, and CPU-light processing mean that it’s time to look again at technologies old and new. How can we learn from mature messaging technologies such as XMPP? Are Websockets a better fit for long-lived network conversations than HTTP? Should we store our data in traditional SQL databases, or is there something about the time-series nature of real-world data that better fits a NoSQL data model? What tools from the GeoCommunity will help our new networks deal with computing in physical space?

Drawing on experience from building a software platform for the Internet of Things, and from years of building consumer products on the web, this developer-centric talk will attempt to answer these questions and give practical advice on making the right technology choices.

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Matt Biddulph


Matt Biddulph is co-founder of Product Club, a new product development and invention company. He was co-founder of Dopplr, the social network for smarter travel acquired by Nokia in 2009. He started out in 1994 building search engines on CD-ROM, and now specialises in real-time data, social software, and connecting the real world to the web.