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README.md

Swagger for the home

Project to make an API for my house. Based on the following:

In this project, there is a full Android app to interact with the system via Mongolab REST api.

Graph Table view

Getting started

I was running on a Phidgets SBC but it was hitting memory issues when running control algorithms. So I've switched to the Raspberry Pi 512MB device. It takes a little more work to get started (not that much though). I'm still using the Phidgets IO boards.

First, setting up the Raspberry Pi was pretty easy--grab an image of the OS from here:

Soft-float Debian “wheezy” is required for the JDK to work properly on the device. This is done by following the OS-X command-line instructions here:

http://elinux.org/RPi_Easy_SD_Card_Setup#Copying_an_image_to_the_SD_Card_in_Mac_OS_X

specifically:

tony$ df -h
Filesystem                              Size   Used  Avail Capacity   iused    ifree %iused  Mounted on
...
/dev/disk3s1                           7.4Gi  2.1Mi  7.4Gi     1%         0        0  100%   /Volumes/NO NAME

sudo diskutil unmount /dev/disk3s1
Volume NO NAME on disk3s1 unmounted

sudo dd bs=1m if=./2013-12-20-wheezy-raspbian.img of=/dev/rdisk3
1850+0 records in
1850+0 records out
1939865600 bytes transferred in 32.088743 secs (60453150 bytes/sec)

sudo diskutil eject /dev/rdisk3
Disk /dev/rdisk3 ejected

After that, stick the SD card in the Pi, plug in a USB keyboard and HDMI monitor and power on. Easy.

You'll need to install libusb before building, though!

sudo apt-get install libusb-dev

If you can't get libusb, you can follow this path:

wget http://sourceforge.net/projects/libusb/files/libusb-1.0/libusb-1.0.9/libusb-1.0.9.tar.bz2
tar xjf libusb-1.0.9.tar.bz2
cd libusb-1.0.9

./configure
make
sudo make install

The Phidget drivers then need to be installed in the OS. You can grab them from source here:

wget http://www.phidgets.com/downloads/libraries/libphidget.tar.gz

Then unpack the libphidget.tar.gz file, cd to the directory and run the commands:

tar -xvf libphidget.tar.gz 
cd libphidget-*
./configure
make
sudo make install

Back to the software itself...

The Phidget library isn't in a maven repo, so pull it from here:

http://www.phidgets.com/downloads/libraries/phidget21jar.zip

and install it in your local maven repo like such:

mvn install:install-file -DgroupId=com.phidgets -DartifactId=phidget -Dversion=2.1.8 -Dpackaging=jar -Dfile=phidget21.jar

You can build the assembly like this:

cd server
sbt assembly

You can run the server like this:

cd server/target
java -jar sfth-assembly-0.1.0-SNAPSHOT.jar

This starts up the server locally. You can now hit the API via included swagger-ui:

http://localhost:8080/admin

Make it a daemon by copying the init script into /etc/init.d then

update-rc.d sfth defaults

Might as well also update the pi. This is the best way to do so:

https://github.com/Hexxeh/rpi-update

Configuration

The app looks for a single JSON file called config.json in the working directory. This contains key-value pairs for simple configurations, as well as a mapping between zones, device IDs, and friendly names.

For example:

{
  "values":{
    "saveDigitalOutputs":"true",
    "saveAnalogData":"true",
    "updateLcd":"true",
    "aggregate":"enabled",
    "dbhost":"localhost",
    "dbport":"27017",
    "dbuser":"username",
    "dbpassword":"password",
    "database":"my_database"
  },
  "inputZones": [
    {
      "logicalPosition": 0,
      "inputDeviceId": "ABCD",
      "outputDeviceId": "IJKL",
      "position": 0,
      "name": "kids room"
    },
    {
      "logicalPosition": 1,
      "inputDeviceId": "ABCD",
      "outputDeviceId": "IJKL",
      "position": 1,
      "name": "garage"
    },
    {
      "logicalPosition": 4,
      "inputDeviceId": "EFGH",
      "outputDeviceId": "IJKL",
      "position": 0,
      "name": "guest house"
    }
  ]
}

Note the logicalPosition is a unique position for inputs which is somewhat arbitrary--it is used for identification in the mongodb database. The deviceId is the serial number of the phidget input board. This is because you need more than 8 inputs, right?

Troubleshooting

I've spent hours because of these issues. Hope it helps.

The call to open() hangs forever. What gives?

Look at this link for info on configuring udev to properly allow access to the USB devices. Also try running your program as root.

Making it yours

This server uses the Swagger Codegen project to generate the scalatra server. You can repeat this process by running the ./bin/server.sh command--the codegen will read from src/main/scripts/ScalatraServerGenerator.scala, which in turn uses templates inside src/main/templates/scalatra for the code generation. The swagger spec files located in src/main/templates/spec-files.

When running the ./bin/server.sh command, the codegen will read the spec files and generate a server from them. That means the server itself is defined by the spec files, and the code is generated from them. To avoid overwriting the actual implementation on every api change, the codegen delegates the logic to a service tier, which is also defined in the templates.