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Core engine allowing plug-ins to operate on a JSON-like state tree

Project description

Pykzee is an engine that allows plug-ins to operate on a JSON-like state tree. Each plug-in can publish its internal state as part of the global state tree, and can subscribe to changes of any part of the tree. Plug-ins can also send commands between each other.

The original purpose of Pykzee is to build home automations systems, but it may well be useful in other contexts.


$ pip install pykzee

Pykzee depends on pyimmutable, which will automatically be installed by pip if it is not present. Installation of pyimmutable may require a C++17 compiler on the host system.

Example Use

mkdir pykzee-config
cd pykzee-config

The pykzee executable will run forever. Because it is run in an empty directory, the internal state is empty ({}), and since no plug-ins are loaded, nothing will ever change the state. Press CTRL-C to stop the pykzee process. Then try this:

echo '{"__plugin__": "core-plugin"}' >core.json
mkdir plugins
echo '{"__plugin__": "pykzee.core.StateLoggerPlugin", "pretty": true}' >plugins/StateLogger.json

Launching pykzee again now yields some output on the terminal. What you see is the StateLoggerPlugin printing the complete state tree. It will do this again every time the state changes.

Pykzee instantiates a plug-in wherever it finds an object with a __plugin__ key in the original state tree. The value of the __plugin__ key must be a Python class (in dotted notation like, referring to the class classname in the module or the special value core-plugin. The object containing the __plugin__ key will get replaced in the state tree with the state published by the plug-in. The original object may have keys other than __plugin__, and those can be used to configure the plug-in, see for example the pretty key in this example, which make the StateLoggerPlugin output the state in pretty printed form.

While the pykzee process is still active in your terminal, open another terminal window, enter the same pykzee-config directory and add another file:

echo '{"hello": "world"}' >test.json

The pykzee process will notice the change in the configuration file directory and reload the configuration. Go back to your first terminal window, and you will see that the StateLoggerPlugin has printed the new state tree, which now includes a field named test with the contents {"hello": "world"}.

Plug-ins Distributed with the Core Package

The pykzee package comes with three plug-ins included:

  • core-plugin: publishes information about the Pykzee engine itself, e.g. which plug-ins are loaded.

  • pykzee.core.StateLoggerPlugin: logs the complete state tree on every change.

  • pykzee.core.CodePlugin: executes a snippet of Python code with access to the state tree.

Further Reading

Pykzee only becomes useful once further plug-ins are installed. Please have a look at the pykzee-inspector plug-in, which contains a web server that serves a browser application for inspecting the Pykzee state.

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