Announcement: Welcome to the xPL Project blog

The xPL Project has been running since 2003, developing ‘glue’ to tie together home automation technologies.

We have developed a broad range of software and solutions across all of the common operating systems – we have Java and Perl based tools which run on Linux, Windows, MacOS, as well as native applications for Linux and Windows… all sending and receiving a common language of simple XML like text messages.

This latest update to our website comes alongside a series of new developments – we have implemented a public bugtracker, based on the flyspray solution (an open source project like us), and completed the first phase of a project to rewrite many of our older applications from Visual Basic 6 to .Net technologies.

If you are interested in home brew home automation technologies, dive in - our discussion forum is friendly!

Website Problems.

Our Website issues have largely been resolved – there are a couple of minor issues remaining (9th September 2014). In particular:

  • Using the Bug Tracker may require you to log in again – if you visit the forum before visiting the bug tracker, this should not happen.
  • The style/theme has some glitches, particularly when switching between the forum and blog. This seems to affect Firefox, but not Chrome or Safari.

If you notice anything critical (user data leaks, security issues) please do not hesitate to contact the one of the admins.

 

Catalog with all xPL applications

A new xPL application is available, for some weeks now; xPL Updater. The application lists all applications known by the different vendor/developers from their plugins.

If you’re looking for a start in xPL, check the list in this application. For each app you can find the details on versions, vendor, info-webpage and download webpage. It also maintains a list of versions, and shows new/updated versions with an icon indicator. As for all developers; please check the application for your own apps and update your plugins if required (see the updated plugin spec).

The application itself runs on Windows, but lists all applications for all platforms (from the downloaded plugins) and checks the versions of all local applications (seen on the network and on the local windows machine) against the latest version.

You can download it here.

Happy updating!

New windows installer tool

A new installer tool (xPL Check Package) created and just released. On the windows platform it can easily be added to an installer and it presents a simple interface to the end user to configure some core xPL stuff (firewall ports and hub). If all fails, Mals diagnostics tools have been included as well.

Hopefully this will improve the setup experience for first time users and will enable them to get up-and-running quicker (and reduce the support effort at the same time). So all windows developers are invited to add it to their installers!

If you want to give it a try, get the SMS application, its the first app to include it.

You can download it here or get the source code from the SVN.

(Thanks to Ian and Mal for their support)

Updated Linux gateways

New versions of the following Linux based xPL gateways are now available from http://www.iranger.com:

  • The RFXCOM wireless receivers
  • AprilAire thermostats
  • Lutron Homeworks lighting system
  • HAI Omni series of security systems

Other xPL based applications include a java based xPL device tracking email reporter, Asterisk call tracker, Davis Weather Station gateway and an osd.basic to Growl message mapper for Macs.

Sounds like an epic period of development from the Internet Ranger!