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The ReefPi Project => ReefPI Software => Topic started by: perkint on January 29, 2015, 01:13:39 AM

Title: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on January 29, 2015, 01:13:39 AM
Hi guys,

It's been a while since there were any updates on here! The LED driver board and controller board have both been updated, but they seem a bit redundant without the critical bit - software to actually run it all! Running some LEDs and a few control systems is easy using the arduino, the reefPi project's killer function is the UI and 'net links :)

I know there was some good initial progress done, but where do we stand now?

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on January 29, 2015, 11:11:12 PM
To my knowledge no one is writing software at the moment.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: jimbob on February 06, 2015, 02:56:53 PM
so is this project dead.. :'(
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on February 06, 2015, 04:35:55 PM
Not at all, but I would have to write the software as well. The idea was to have people involved but if there is no one to do so I shall sacrifice  :)

Also, Cris wants to write the wiki section, we may eventually progress.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on February 06, 2015, 11:41:09 PM
I wish I could help more with the software side of things but unfortunately that's not my forté
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: jimbob on February 07, 2015, 06:36:34 PM
i am just a copy paste kinda guy lol i wish i could be more help..
i am learning though.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: matt20687 on February 28, 2015, 06:38:30 PM
Hello,

I am happy to work on some software dev, it will take a bit longer as I will need to learn but I hope I can help.

Would anyone want to learn with me?

Where did we get to? Did we get the basic UI done? Agree on code?

Matt
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: jimbob on March 21, 2015, 12:50:59 PM
take a look at this, program the pi with blocks
.
https://projects.wyliodrin.com/
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on April 11, 2015, 07:31:11 PM
After a very long waiting period of time with not even the slim support from the 3rd parties I think I may take this project into a closed source instead of open source.

Sorry, I can't think of any other alternative.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on April 12, 2015, 01:46:23 AM
I can't say the same for everyone but for me,
Enthusiasm is there, unfortunately the ability isn't, I wish that there was more I could do to help but, I can't do code. I've tried. I have my 3rd child due in the next week so can't promise any help for a while but it would be a shame for the project to go closed source after the initial push. I think a round up of the key people could get this back on track. Up to yet, looking from the outside in, it does appear that Cornel has put more effort in than most especially on the hardware side of things and if someone could put half the effort as he has into the software side of things, then a great package could be born. If anyone could step up with the ability and drive to help on the software side then I think it would be for the benefit of us all
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on April 12, 2015, 01:23:14 PM
That's correct but to see it done I may just have to pay a developer to do the software thing. That was not the original idea but in more than 1 year there is pretty much no progress at all.

So all in one if we want to see something happening is either

1. Someone from the forum to do the software
2. Pay someone from the outside

It's not that someone has tried and failed, it's like no one really did much about it.

I think I'll just pay someone to get things started, don't think anyone will step up to do it.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on April 14, 2015, 10:27:47 PM
I have been PMd by someone on reef central who is willing to help with the software. I've PMd BigGuy about him joining.

My problem with the coding is that, although I can code, my only experience is with the sort of coding style used on the arduino (ie linear basic with no OOD), not web coding or RPi. I do want to learn and will be doing, but it could still be a long way before I could take on a project like this. Help maintain it? Yeah, easy. Code it from scratch? Not a chance, at the mo.

There was a lot of development being done, till the falling out which ended up with the only active coders leaving the project.

But, I have to say - I'm not interested in a closed source project. Sorry but it just kills my interest in one go.

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on April 15, 2015, 09:48:43 AM
It's kind of difficult to make a web project closed source especially when using a raspberry pi board.

That software development was not tested nor used, although everyone involved by that time could have got a board and a few modules.

Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on April 15, 2015, 09:31:16 PM
It's kind of difficult to make a web project closed source especially when using a raspberry pi board.

That software development was not tested nor used, although everyone involved by that time could have got a board and a few modules.
I don't understand either of those points. You say it's hard to make a closed source project, but that is what you suggested?

And as for the second part, of course it was not fully tested as it wasn't fully coded! But it was being tested (unit) as they went along and they were developing the UI which is meant to be platform independent, so whether they had RPi or not seems a bit moot!

As said, sorry but I don't understand what you were trying to say at all!

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on April 16, 2015, 12:02:01 AM
The idea of making it closed source is not paired with a raspberry pi board, licensing issues.

If what they did was so good why not someone else carry on, sources are somewhere on google drive or similar.

It's no point arguing whatever was done or not, looking at the present and ahead someone else has to start over.

Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: promazine on April 22, 2015, 09:10:59 PM
I'm in the same boat as smudge - literally no use with coding what so ever. I really hope this stays as a community project - it has so much potential! What was the outcome of the chap from reef Central helping out?
At the end of the day, there has been a lot of work put in to this for it not to be completed - how that is done is really up to Cio, as it is clear that he has put a lot of time and investment into this. Id like it to stay an open, community based project - but if there is no community left able to help do it - what other choice is there?
I'll still help out however I can writing the how to's etc. but until we have a working solution - that I can start from scratch with and build up to a full controller to document, am sitting here with nothing to do :(


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Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on April 23, 2015, 12:50:43 AM
I'll pay for software, I don't have the time to do it by myself and there is no one to get things started.

Should be done in 1 week or less.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: promazine on April 23, 2015, 09:01:30 PM
A week!? That's blummin quick!

Has the final board design been decided upon yet? I'm guessing there may still be some bugs to work through once the software is sorted?


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Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on April 24, 2015, 11:54:27 PM
Abed did most of the software months ago, it's more like resurrect the code.

The latest version of the board is just fine but was never used in real world. I use it on my setup to only control lights, been on for months, no issues.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: promazine on April 25, 2015, 02:09:54 AM
Cool :) looking forward to seeing things progress!


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Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on December 04, 2015, 12:51:39 PM
Hi guys,

Anyone still around? New member joined who is an experienced Linux coder and will be developing an RPi based tank controller, open source, whether part of this project or on his own. Since he is willing and able to help contribute, if there life left in this project?

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: promazine on December 04, 2015, 08:03:10 PM
I'm still here - check back every now and again to see if there have been any updates. Sadly I'm no good at any software etc. so I'm no help at all at this point in time.


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Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on December 04, 2015, 08:47:31 PM
I seem to remember the guys who did the software development originally started an online source code repository didn't they? Will have to dig thru the posts and actually see what we have.

Glad you're still on board :)

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: dakar on December 05, 2015, 12:27:25 AM
I was able to grab a copy of the code as of the last commit that was made to GITHub...

Looks like the last commit was March 7, 2014... so it's been sitting quite a while...

Setting up a clean rPi image now to take a look and see what has been done while waiting for my boards and toys to arrive.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on December 05, 2015, 07:44:59 AM
I still periodically pop back to see if anything happening, I've now got a very active 7 month old baby to go with my 7 year old and 4 year, so life has kind of got in the way for a while
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on December 05, 2015, 09:30:58 AM
I was able to grab a copy of the code as of the last commit that was made to GITHub...

Looks like the last commit was March 7, 2014... so it's been sitting quite a while...

Setting up a clean rPi image now to take a look and see what has been done while waiting for my boards and toys to arrive.
Great :) Let us know what you think.

Yeah, there was a falling out which left to the only active coders leaving the project :(

Cio74 was talking about getting someone else to do the coding, but that would not have been open source, which is against the ideas the project was set up with!

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on January 10, 2016, 12:16:08 PM
Happy New Year everyone.
Surely with the internet of things being a much more easily accessible feature, this project should be able to continue much easier than before. Are there any people still here?
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on January 10, 2016, 12:25:14 PM
Still here, but we still seem to be in the same place. No active devs for the RPi :(

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on January 10, 2016, 01:36:48 PM
Software side or hardware side?
It seems to be easier to connect things to the internet nowadays. I was looking at the adafruit.io site , that would probably do what we need for the controller. I'm going to have another look into it tonight
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on January 10, 2016, 03:10:15 PM
Software side. Hardware is much easier! I can do the dev work (software), but with my free time issues, you will not notice much difference between now and me starting to learn coding for the RPi :(

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on January 10, 2016, 10:01:29 PM
Typical, the adafruit io site is down tonight!!
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: perkint on January 10, 2016, 11:31:54 PM
LOL - sounds about right!

For what it's worth, I will be starting on my arduino LED controller soon. Once that's done, more steps will follow, which will probably include RPi integration with database (update/access thru SQL) and internet accessibility, but I will be developing the individual arduino aspects first, before adding the overwatch (RPi role) so don't hold your breath!

Tim
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on March 17, 2016, 09:50:15 PM
back
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on March 18, 2016, 07:36:27 AM
Hi Cornel, how are you doing?
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on March 18, 2016, 09:05:55 PM
I'm all right, thanks. I think I have read you have another family member, congratulation.

I think there was no progress at all since a very long time?
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on March 18, 2016, 10:30:20 PM
Thanks for the congratulations, yes we've got girl number three!

Nothing much has moved forward at all as far as I can see.
I've been playing around a bit, but with no real direction.
 
I've been looking at Openhab and some other iot interfaces, but from my basic understanding they seem a bit lumpy
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on March 19, 2016, 11:24:51 AM
Okay, we can re-start it, that's not a problem.

I think writing software for it was the biggest issue, what have you used in your attempts?
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on March 19, 2016, 08:01:23 PM
I've tried Openhab, cayenne and tried to get my head around the adafruit.io site
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on March 30, 2016, 07:33:41 PM
I have had a look at them, interesting.

Currently I don't have any aquarium to play with but should get one for this project.
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: jimbob on June 01, 2016, 12:11:58 PM
 upgrading my arduino controller it has a reef angel script running the lights now.
 i have my 4 way-power timer & temperature sensor using esp8266 and node red on a raspberry pi.
no i am not a programmer but i did hack up some examples to get it to work.
working on the lighting now using another esp8266. sunrise,set,weather moon phase..
i am getting the weather http request in and parsed to the pi ,working on arduino code for esp 8266 lighting..

https://github.com/jamesewilliamson/lot-stuff


Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: smudge on June 01, 2016, 01:28:16 PM
Going to have a look at your git hub page once I get home, as I said above,
I had tried a few pi interfaces but I only briefly tried the node red despite it being built in to the latest jessie build
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: cio74 on July 17, 2016, 07:21:55 PM
is raspberry pi still popular? sorry, have not checked recently

has anyone produced something yet, some user interface with some working modules?
Title: Re: Where are we?
Post by: jimbob on August 21, 2016, 11:13:03 PM
Ok i found a lighting controller that is going to work with my pi nodered setup i am using a nodemcu board and a  PCA9685 now but will be getting one of those "pictured" from Basil from the russian RC site ..
i am still working on doing http weather request then parsing that to send it to the lighting controller
https://reefcentral.ru/forum/topic/20952-wi-fi-led-16-kanalnyj-kontroller-ne-dorozhe-20/page-1
(https://reefcentral.ru/forum/uploads/monthly_08_2016/post-74-0-28216900-1471332848_thumb.jpg)
link to my build
http://www.brevardareareefsociety.com/forums/showthread.php?16373-started-mqtt-control-sys
James