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bcs.client

Read-through cached API client for the BCS-460/462 series of brewery automation controllers

BCS.client

PLEASE NOTE! The current version of this library requires BCS firmware 4.0.0 or higher.

A node.js implementation of a data client (consumer) for the BCS-460 and BCS-462 brewery automation controllers. BCS.client uses the API native to BCS devices to communicate with them over http.

Long-term process logging is a primary goal for this project. This library makes that easy to do, and easy to automate. This project does not attempt to replace any of the functionality of the BCS UI, nor does it provide logging in of itself. Instead, it aims to enable inter-operability with other projects, processes, and devices by providing a robust consistent interface.

In addition to providing a simple, easy to use communications library, read-through caching has been implemented and thoroughly battle tested. This ensures that any amount of load applied to the library can be tolerated, without saturating the BCS device with HTTP requests.

  • Easily integrate real-time BCS data into any node.js application on a reachable network.
  • Automatic read-through caching engine drastically reduces BCS device load while supporting theoretically unlimited simultaneous requests.
  • Rate limiting ensures that even structures which must be refreshed often (like temperatures, for example) don't cause undue BCS device load.
  • Wraps all device communications in node-standard, error-first callback patterns.

Include the bcs.client module in your package.json, or manually install with npm install bcs.client.

var Device = require('bcs.client');
 
var device = new Device('192.168.1.1', function (e, info) {
    
    // device info after setup 
    console.log(info);
    /*
        {
          "type": "BCS-460",
          "version": "4.0.0",
          "build": "c5bda61",
          "name": "Seeker Brewing Co."
        }
    */
    
    // get the current details of temp probe 2 
    device.read('temp/2', function (e, probe) {
        console.log(probe);
        /*
            {
              "name": "Conical B",
              "temp": 665,
              "setpoint": 690,
              "resistance": 12969,
              "enabled": true,
              "coefficients": [
                0.0011371546,
                0.0002325949,
                9.5299999999e-8
              ]
            }
        */
    });
    
});

Returns a new Device instance, connected to the BCS device at the given address.

  • hostname - ip address or host name of device
  • port - port of device [80]
  • callback(err, info)
    • err - Error instance, or null/undefined
    • info - device info object
  • target - endpoint you wish to read, ex. temp/0
  • callback(err, json)
    • err - Error instance, or null/undefined
    • json - the endpoint json from the device

You can hit device.read() as often as you want, as hard as you want. The read-through cache will make sure the device only has to answer as many questions as absolutely needed. Here's the cache stats after a test example with 60,000 simultaneous requests, spread across 6 of the device's API read endpoints:

// read-through cache statistics, 60k simultanous requests to 6 endpoints. 
// that's a lot of bytes the device didn't need to handle! 
{ hits: 59994,
  misses: 6,
  requests: 6,
  responses: 6,
  errors: 0,
  expires: { volatile: 0 },
  bytes: { read: 43210630, readThrough: 4951 } }

Specifically, cached results will be returned for all endpoints less than 800ms old. Anything more out-of-date than that will cause a device request. Currently the device and network endpoints are considered static, and will be cached indefinitely.

Clone the repository and install dev dependencies with git clone git://github.com/cscade/BCS.client.git && cd BCS.client && npm install.

Test coverage includes;

  • Device
  • Cache

To run Device and Cache tests, run make test TARGET_HOST=192.168.1.100 TARGET_PORT=80, substituting your BCS device's ip and port.

(The MIT License)

Copyright (c) 2012 Carson Christian <cc@seekerbeer.com>

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