You can create a secure connection from your Internet of Things (IoT) board to the Intel® XDK using ssh. This secure connection encrypts the communication between your development system and the IoT board. Furthermore, you can prevent anyone who does not have ssh access to your IoT board from gaining access to the app daemon. For steps to update your app daemon software...
You can enter command line arguments for use in your IoT application. This provides you with a simple way to input arguments for your code to use. For example, if you have a temperature monitoring application, you can type an argument like -f or -c and have your program change its output to Fahrenheit or Celsius accordingly.
The Intel® XDK provides a quick and convenient way to create a serial or SSH session with your board without requiring a separate terminal emulator. This feature gives you command line access to a wide range of functionality useful to any serious developer, such as:
Uploading, downloading, and merging changes to your project in the Intel® XDK from Intel® XDK Documentation
You can determine whether your changes are uploaded or merged. You can also automatically run or debug your applications right after uploading them to your board and have any changes to your project automatically saved each time you upload your project to your board. For steps, see Selecting upload and save options.