RadioVIS Demo Application
RadioVISDemo is a demonstration application for RadioDNS and RadioVIS. RadioVIS is the visualisation protocol that forms part of the RadioDNS suite of application protocols. The software follows RadioDNS Technical Specification v0.6 and RadioVIS Technical Specification V1.0.0.
RadioVISDemo is a Python application and requires several software to be installed.
On Windows, download install the following packages:
Python v2.5 or later: http://www.python.org/download/
wxPython v3.0 or later: http://www.wxpython.org
dnspython v1.6.0 or later: http://www.dnspython.org
setuptools v0.6c9 or later: http://pypi.python.org/pypi/setuptools
nose v1.0.0: https://nose.readthedocs.org
On Linux systems, use your package manager to install the following packages:
- wxPython (or python-wxgtk3.0)
$ sudo apt-get install python-wxgtk3.0 python-dnspython python-nose
RadioVisDemo was developed on Windows using the ActiveState Python distribution, and has been tested on Windows XP and Ubuntu v8.10.
The source code includes a modified version of Jason R Briggs's stomp.py module, which implements the STOMP protocol. Please visit https://code.google.com/p/stomppy/ for more information.
To run the application, enter the following at a command prompt:
The default setting in the Domain field is
radiodns.org. Change this option
to perform radio station DNS lookups against a different domain, which is useful
for testing RadioDNS services during development.
Select a RadioDNS hostname in the Hostname field. The Local Stomp Server entry allows testing of a RadioVIS service running on the local machine (localhost, port 61613).
Press the Resolve button to perform a DNS CNAME lookup on the selected hostname and then an SRV record query for available RadioDNS services (RadioVIS, RadioTAG, and RadioEPG). The results are shown in the CNAME and Services fields.
If a RadioVIS service is available, select this from the Services list and press
the Connect button. The options next to the Connect button allow HTTP requests
and the Stomp connection to be routed through an HTTP proxy. Proxy settings are
obtained from the
urllib.getproxies() method, which returns the system proxy
http_proxy environment variable or Internet Explorer settings in
Windows). A proxy server should not be used if connecting to a service on the
Once connected, the following fields show information received from the RadioVIS service:
The Log field shows status messages and details of all Stomp messages received.
The Messages field shows the history of received RadioVIS TEXT messages.
The Image URL field shows the URL of the image from the last received RadioVIS SHOW message.
The Link URL field shows the hyperlink from the last received RadioVIS SHOW message.
The Image field shows the image from the last received RadioVIS SHOW message.
The Text field displays the last received RadioVIS TEXT message.
The RadioVIS demo application uses several configuration files, in the
This file contains a list of domains against which DNS lookups
for radio stations can be performed. By default, this list includes
radiodns.org (for live services) and
test.radiodns.org (for test purposes),
but you can modify this list to refer to your own domain in order to test
your own RadioDNS services before making them available via radiodns.org.
This file contains a list of radio stations and their associated broadcast parameters, which are shown in the Hostname field. Please read the RadioDNS documentation for details of the broadcast parameters.
This file contains a list of the RadioDNS services and SRV record names, which are queried when the Resolve button is pressed. At present these are RadioVIS, RadioTAG, and RadioEPG.
This file contains a list of test RadioVIS services that
the application can connect to. Each
test_radiovis_service element should
contain the following entries:
name: The name of the test service name, for display in the user interface.
hostname: The hostname of the computer that runs the RadioVIS Stomp service.
port: The port number of the RadioVIS Stomp service.
text_topic: The topic name for text message notifications.
image_topic: The topic name for slideshow image notifications.
test directory contains unit tests. To run the tests use the following
This software has a few limitations:
The software uses the system proxy server settings (the
http_proxyenvironment variable or Internet Explorer settings in Windows), and these are not configurable within the program.
In the handling of RadioVIS SHOW messages, the trigger time is not used, and the image is always shown immediately.
Error and redirect statuses are not handled when retrieving images over HTTP.
This software was written by Chris Needham - chris.needham at bbc.co.uk.
Contact and Legal Information
Copyright 2009-2018 British Broadcasting Corporation
The RadioVIS Demo Application is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the Apache License, Version 2.0.
The RadioVIS Demo Application is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the Apache License, Version 2.0 for more details.