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Discussion on: Visual NodeJS Programming Using Node-RED

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ImTheDeveloper

Great example of using node red!

I was actually one of the very early adopters when it was in alpha/beta and looking back to where we are now it's really held onto its principles and excellent continued work by Nick and Dave to bring it to where it is today.

I originally used node-red for the raspberry pi integrations and IoT devices, but I still drop it into some of my projects now for very quick prototyping and doing anything where I feel writing code is going to be manual effort spent better elsewhere.

Have to say it still feels like cheating when you can produce a flow in a few minutes that would take hours of setup outside the environment.

dev.to/imthedeveloper/comment/1lao Some of the old projects all using node red for integration!

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💻 JOHN JARDIN | Bleeding Code Author

Thanks very much for reading and for the comment 👍. That's awesome I'm also an early adopter and took it on when it was released to IBM Cloud (formerly Bluemix).

By 2014 I was presenting Node-RED at events. The big difference with me though is that I went a completely different route with Node-RED. I actually use it as middleware for business application development and integration. I hardly use it for IoT.

Fun thing is, I have Node-RED running at multiple clients, running production flows and doing a brilliant job at that.

Will definitely check out your projects 😎.

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ImTheDeveloper

Very interesting! Have you come up against any issues running it in such an environment?

Usually we are used to seeing businesses reaching for mulesoft, IBM middleware, apigee, microservices in java etc.

I think the simplicity of the interface catches people off guard with node-red and see it more as a toy/prototyping project so jumping to production at enterprise may not be something they think about.

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💻 JOHN JARDIN | Bleeding Code Author

Good question. Although I must say I don't experience much resistance when sugggesting Node-RED. However, my clients most of the time trust me enough to make these calls.

When I need to convince dev teams, it gets trickier, but even then with a few workshops they are ultimately sold to add Node-RED as a utility tool to their environment.