I don’t have time right now to write a big elaborate blog post, so here’s a quick update
- I managed to hire a full time developer named Bob, who is working full time on the new stack and making great progress (github.com/brewblox). He’s done his internship at BrewPi for the past 5 months and started on a contract since July. He’s working mainly on the service layer: microservices, controller communication, data logging, rest api.
- I have also hired a freelance front end developer (Gaya) to work on the Vue frontend for 2 days a week, for the past 5 months.
- I’m tackling the firmware changes myself.
This has resulted in a lot of progress! The state of things now:
- The service layer has been rewritten as microservices running in their own docker container, this is an entirely new stack. The services can be queried via REST and there’s an event bus for inter-service communication. We’re making it easy to integrate third party services and hardware too.
- The UI is being developed as a Vue/Quasar (with Typescript!) dashboard which the user can fully customize by adding blocks. These are a live representation of the hardware and fully customizable charts. Currently Gaya is working on porting the interactive process view from this React prototype (https://brewpi-ui-demo.herokuapp.com/processview/herms-automated-valves). The basics for charts and simple hardware representation blocks are done.
- The firmware is being rewritten to also be a flexible set of blocks (PIDs, sensors, actuators) that the user can create and link together in any way he pleases.
We’re currently integrating the layers and refactoring where needed for that.
Due to the work on the new stack, the old stack has not seen many updates. It’s not backwards compatible.
We’re trying to have a first alpha version out in September. It’s taking a long time, but then you’re getting everything at once. Multiple processes, customizable charts, mashing layout, etc.