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<p class="lead">Eclipse IoT Packages™ provide recipes for combining Eclipse IoT projects, to solve real world IoT problems.</p></div>
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The Eclipse IoT Packages™ project provides a home for use case focused IoT deployments,
based on Eclipse IoT technology. It takes the building blocks that the different projects provide,
and adds the necessary glue code, needed to create more complete setups. It acts as a showcase of what
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IoT Packages are a combination of two or more Eclipse IoT projects, combined in an integrated way,
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The goal is to help people understand, what problems the combination of Eclipse IoT projects can solve.
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Because integrating different software components is already hard enough, the IoT packages project
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Bringing together different building blocks will leave a few gaps here and there. Some things make only
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Hosting glue code, or glue functionality that is required to bring projects together, is also one aspect
of the IoT packages projects. Projects are encouraged to integrate as much functionality as possible into
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the IoT Packages project can be home to this glue code.
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welcome to fork a package, and add your custom, closed source code functionality, in order to showcase how
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