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Client library for S.C.I.L.E.R.

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Client computer library for S.C.I.L.E.R. system

This is the library to create devices to work together with the SCILER system


  • pip install with pip install scclib

Using this library

  • import lib with from scclib.device import Device
create a class that extends Device
  • in order to do this:
    • implement getStatus() which should return a dictionary of the current status
    • implement performInstruction(action) which should return a boolean of whether the instruction can be performed, where action has:
      • instruction: string with the name of the instruction
      • value: any type with a value specific for this instruction
      • component_id: string with the name of the component for which the instruction is meant (can be undefined)
    • implement test() which returns nothing, this method should do something visible so the operator can test this device works correctly
    • implement reset() which returns nothing, this method should make the device return to its starting state so that the escape room can be started again
    • create a constructor which calls the constructor of Device with super(config, logger) where:
      • config is a dictionary which has keys:
        • id: this is the id of a device. Write it in camelCase, e.g. "controlBoard".
        • host: the IP address of the host for the broker, formatted as a string.
        • port the port of the host for the broker, formatted as a number.
        • labels: these are the labels to which this device should also subscribe, labels is an array of strings,
      • logger is a function(date, level, message) in which an own logger is implemented where
        • date is an Date object
        • level is one of the following strings: 'debug', 'info', 'warn', 'error', 'fatal'
        • message is a custom string containing more information
      • it should also add event listeners to GPIO for all input components.
    • implement main() which should call start(loop, stop) with an optional event loop and ending function.
Now in your class which implements Device
  • you can call:
    • log(level, message) which logs using the logger provided in Device where level one of the following strings: 'debug', 'info', 'warn', 'error', 'fatal' and message custom string containing more information
    • statusChanged() which can be called to signal to Device that the status is changed, this will send a new status to SCILER
To now start the system
  • initialize the device in your main program and call device.main()


import os

from scclib.device import Device

class Display(Device):
    def __init__(self):
        two_up = os.path.abspath(os.path.join(__file__, ".."))
        rel_path = "display_config.json"
        abs_file_path = os.path.join(two_up, rel_path)
        abs_file_path = os.path.abspath(os.path.realpath(abs_file_path))
        config = open(file=abs_file_path)
        self.hint = ""

    def get_status(self):
        return {"hint": self.hint}

    def perform_instruction(self, action):
        instruction = action.get("instruction")
        if instruction == "hint":
            return False, action
        return True, None

    def test(self):
        self.hint = "test"

    def show_hint(self, data):
        self.hint = data.get("value")

    def reset(self):
        self.hint = ""

    def main(self):

if __name__ == "__main__":
    device = Display()

where display_config.json is

  "id": "display",
  "description": "Display can print hints",
  "host": "",
  "labels": ["hint"],
  "port": 1883

example of main() with loop and stop:

    def loop(self):
        previous = self.get_sliders_analog_reading()
        while True:
            positions = self.get_sliders_analog_reading()
            if previous != positions:
                previous = positions

    def main(self):
        self.start(loop=self.loop, stop=GPIO.cleanup)


This library is licensed with GNU GPL v3, see

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