What developers do when they are bored

What developers do when they are bored
I know… this is not the coolest hardware project in the world 🙂
I did it to learn Arduino and implement some basics of IoT (Internet of things).
This is basically a remote control with only one big red button.
Its purpose is somewhat to fool around with the expression “Lets push the button” when talking about making a major software release.

What happens is that when you push the red button, the device will call a web service on our build server that trigger a build and publish a new version of a customer website.

So at the end of a development sprint, when Martin (my project manager) comes to me and say “The customer says they are ready for launch. Can we push the button?” I can confidently say “YES!”

The components used in this project is:

Some cables, and some not so complicated software

After welding the electronics together (schemes were included in the Arduino examples), programming was done in the Arduino IDE that anyone can download from the Arduino website.

I did the programing by combining three of the Arduino example projects to make my own software.

The software does the following:

What developers do when they are bored

That’s it.

So the outcome of this project is a quite useless product 😉 but it was fun to create it and I learned some things about how to program Arduino boards.

Since the device communicates by wifi over internet, it can call any web service or web api anywhere, so the implementations are almost endless. So if someone comes up with an idea of a real life implementation it’s quite easy to do something more meaningful with a project like this.