groundwork is a python based microframework for highly reusable applications and their components.
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groundwork is a Python based microframework for highly reusable applications and their components.

Its functionality is based on exchangeable, documented and tested plugins and patterns.

It is designed to support any kind of Python application: command line scripts, desktop programs or web applications.

groundwork enables applications to activate and deactivate plugins during runtime and to control dynamic plugin behaviors like plugin status, used signals, registered commands and much more.

The functionality of plugins can easily be extended by using inheritable patterns. Thus, groundwork supports developers with time-saving solutions for:

  • Command line interfaces
  • Loose inter-plugin communication via signals and receivers
  • Shared objects to provide and request content to and from other plugins
  • Static and dynamic documents for an overall documentation


Initial app

The following code defines a plugin with command line support and creates a groundwork application which activates the plugin:

from groundwork import App
from groundwork.patterns import GwCommandsPattern

class MyPlugin(GwCommandsPattern):
    def _init_(self, *args, **kwargs): = "My Plugin"
        super().__init__(*args, **kwargs)

    def activate(self):
                               description='prints "hello world"',

    def greetings(self):
        print("Hello world")

if __name__ == "__main__":
    my_app = App(plugins=[MyPlugin])        # Creates app and registers MyPlugin
    my_app.plugins.activate(["My Plugin"])  # Initialise and activates 'My Plugin'
    my_app.commands.start_cli()             # Starts the command line interface

The following commands can be used on a command line now:

python hello      # Prints 'Hello world'
python            # Prints a list of available commands
python my_app.yp hello -h   # Prints syntax help for the hello command

Weather Web App

The following image shows the architecture of an imaginary weather service for the web. A detailed description can be found on groundwork's architecture page.