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StrongLoop Announces Node.js API Server for IoT

StrongLoop Makes It Easy to Rapidly Develop REST APIs in Node.js for Apps and Mobile Devices

SAN MATEO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 07/22/14 -- StrongLoop, the leading provider of solutions for Node.js, today announced the immediate availability of the StrongLoop API Server which makes it easy for developers to rapidly develop, deploy, secure and scale REST APIs written in Node. The ubiquity of mobile devices along with the rapid expansion of the Internet of Things (IoT) is driving a huge need for APIs that can connect devices to new and legacy data. Node has emerged as the technology of choice for creating these APIs because of its asynchronous design and the ability for developers to rapidly code using their existing skillset in JavaScript. Node's development speed has been embraced by large companies such as PayPal, Condé Nast, Dow Jones and Yahoo.

Announcing the StrongLoop API Server

The StrongLoop API Server is a set of components that work together to quickly take your API project from development to production. Features include:

  • LoopBack 2.0: An open source framework for quickly creating APIs with Node. LoopBack includes client SDKs.
  • mobile Backend-as-a-Service: An mBaaS to provide mobile services like push, offline-sync, geopoint and social login either on-premise or in the cloud.
  • Connectors: Connectivity for Node apps leveraging over ten supported data sources including Oracle, SQL Server, MongoDB and SOAP.
  • Controller: Automated DevOps for Node apps including profiling, clustering, process management and log management capabilities.
  • Monitoring: A hosted or on-premise graphical console for monitoring resource utilization, response times and function tracing with the ability to send metrics to existing monitoring tools.

For an in-depth walk through of the StrongLoop API Server, watch this video with StrongLoop CTO, Al Tsang.

StrongLoop API Server is built on top of LoopBack 2.0

Released today is version 2.0 of the LoopBack API framework. LoopBack is an open source framework sponsored by StrongLoop that acts as a "glue" between apps or devices and data via APIs written in Node. New in this release are improvements the community and customers have been clamoring for:

  • Studio: Many users have asked for a graphical interface to complement the command-line tooling when building Loopback models. We are proud to announce that we have started development on a UI for modeling called, "Studio." You can watch a preview demo here.
  • Yeoman and Grunt support: Users told us they needed to scaffold applications and externalize their configurations for multiple environments using the tools they are familiar with. So, we've added support for Yeoman and Grunt to make easier to perform task scripting, scaffolding and templating.
  • Express 4.0 support: ExpressJS is one of the most well known packages for Node.js. It is a web development framework that helps us create the great applications. It is also the E in the MEAN stack (MongoDB, ExpressJS, AngularJS, Node.js). Express 4.0 brought improvements by removing bundled middleware and refactoring them into maintainable modules, revamped router to remove confusion on HTTP verb (.use, .get, etc) usage and decoupling Connect, the HTTP framework of Node from the Express web framework.
  • New project structure: the LoopBack directory structure has been expanded to make it easier to organize apps and add functionality via pre-built LoopBack components and Node modules.
  • Workspace API and Boot: The latest release of LoopBack comes with a newly re-designed internal API making it easier to define, configure, and bootstrap your application at design time and runtime by simply defining metadata in the form of JSON.

To learn more about the new Loopback 2.0 release, please read the announcement blog from StrongLoop CTO, Al Tsang.

Products built with Node expertise

StrongLoop doesn't just build products with Node, it is the biggest contributor to the project. Co-founded in 2013 by core committers Bert Belder and Ben Noordhuis, StrongLoop now employs the most developers actively contributing to Node. With over 420 commits and 630,000 lines of code, StrongLoop is the largest individual and corporate sponsor of Node employing 5 of the top 10 developers on the project. StrongLoop's expertise leverages this expertise with a full complement of training, support, certification and consulting offerings.

Pricing and availability

Visit the subscriptions page for information about pricing and support for LoopBack.

About StrongLoop

Launched in 2013 and based in Silicon Valley, StrongLoop was founded by engineers who have been contributing to Node.js since 2011. The company is backed by Ignition Partners and Shasta Ventures and includes Marten Mickos, CEO of Eucalyptus (previously MySQL) as an advisor. StrongLoop is the leading contributor to the latest Node.js v0.12 release. The primary use case for Node.js is creating APIs that mobile applications connect to in order to retrieve backend information. StrongLoop offers the StrongLoop API Server which makes it fast to develop APIs in Node and includes client SDKs, a modeling studio, built-in tools for mobile services, offline sync, connectivity to enterprise datasources plus monitoring and scaling. StrongLoop runs on all major operating systems and clouds including Amazon, Heroku, OpenShift and Digital Ocean. For more information, visit http://strongloop.com.

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