Building LuaSec/LuaCrypto/OpenSSL for Lua on Windows

OpenSSL and LuaSec/LuaCrypto are pretty common libraries within the Lua eco system. Where other cornerstone libraries are on their own (LuaSocket and LuaFileSystem/lfs), the issue with LuaSec/LuaCrypto is that they are bindings to OpenSSL, which requires a properly compiled OpenSSL version. (“properly compiled” is related to the runtime libraries used, they need to be compiled against the same versions, so just grabbing the OpenSSL dll files from some other project might deliver unexpected results/failures/crashes) Continue reading

Lua; configuring path settings

A common problem with Lua newbies is the setup of the Lua environment. As many other programming/scripting languages Lua allows you to load external libraries. To prevent you from having to type exact system paths, Lua uses so called library paths to automatically look them up.

For this purpose Lua has 2 environment variables, LUA_PATH and LUA_CPATH. The former is used for loading Lua libraries, the latter for C libraries. Despite the different targets, they both work the same. And if you are familiar with the regular system PATH variables, then you already know the concept. Continue reading

Comparing Philips Hue with Zipato RGBW bulb

Today I lined up both lights to see how they compare. No suspense here; the Hue wins hands down (except if you require/own zwave technology…)

What are they?

These are so called ‘wireless’ RGBW light bulbs. They only require electric power to be connected, switching and dimming is done through remote controls and/or apps. The lights are RGBW capable (Red, Green, Blue, White) meaning they can do regular white light as well as coloured light. Continue reading

Installing Lua on a Windows system

After a previous post on this topic, this is an update, as several changes have made Lua more Windows friendly; the LuaRocks package manager now is a first-class Windows citizen, and the core network library LuaSocket is available as a working package installable from LuaRocks

Lua itself is pretty barebones, so to make it usefull, you’ll be needing additional libraries. The libraries come in several flavors; pure Lua code, C/C++ code, or binaries (precompiled C/C++ libraries). The pure Lua libraries can be used anyway, but the C libraries tend to mostly be available as source code only, meaning you’d have to compile them. And to do that you need a compiler… Continue reading

Setting up a basic Lua installation on Windows

There is an updated version of this post here

The older LuaforWindows distribution is getting obsolete quickly these days. Also because the distribution is aging, many “batteries” are out dated and they are not easily replaced as the package managers do not integrate with it. So I started an endavour to update my windows system with a clean installation (minimal batteries) and a proper package manager to be able to update and extend packages as needed.

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UPnP gateway; first working sample

The UPnP gateway now gets to a point that might even justify a pre-release, finally! It can be started from a batch file and configured to run one or more drivers. Capable of publishing dozens of UPnP devices simultaneously (be it as sub-devices)

A driver template is included so new drivers can quickly be setup. A fully functional xplrfx driver is included as well as 3 demo drivers. All c code is now compiled for distribution, no more development/debug libraries required. Continue reading

Lua; states, threads, libraries and memory layout

For a couple of years now I’ve been programming a lot in Lua. One of the things I had a hard time with was the relation between the states, threads (coroutines in Lua) and memory layout.  This is mostly simple when doing some basic scripting, but once you start writing C libraries or library bindings you really need to be aware of all the nitty gritty details. Now throw in some multi-threading and you’ll get yourself in trouble in no time, if you’re not careful.
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HackersNL talk on home automation and Lua

So yesterday, I gave a talk on home automation at HackersNL in Utrecht, nice and friendly audience and plenty of new ideas.

I’ve uploaded the slideset, available here (downloaded 2586 times). Furthermore some additional comments and links;

  • Home automation site; check out, awesome. Nothing to add to that.
  • Bwired also has a generic home automation forum, not specifically related to a server product.
  • xPL and all its related info can be found on the xPL project site
  • For the internet-of-things there is a great open source project started by Sierra-Wireless. It is being run under the Eclipse umbrella and already delivered some nice results. Check out Koneki (LDT and OMA), Mihini and Paho.

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For a start with UPnP there is a lot of documentation on the forum pages. But there is no real shortcut to UPnP, but here’s where to start

  • To get a feel of what it can do, download the UPnP Developer Tools (runs on .NET, so might also work on Mono, but never tried). Use the DeviceSpy utility to examine some of your own devices and fiddle with the actions (Tip: right-click on a service and subscribe to events). Also give the included “Network Light” sample application a try (to fiddle with from Device Spy).
  • Read the UPnP Device Architecture 1.1 document (UDA), even if you don’t make it through, focus on sections;
    • 1 Discovery (introduction only)
    • 2 Description (introduction only)
    • 2.3 Device Description
    • 2.5 Service Description
    • 3 Control (introduction only)
    • 4 Eventing (introduction only)
  • Browse the device and service specifications. Start with “Lighting Controls_1” which are fairly easy to read, and once you get the concept of those try something more challenging like the Media Server/Renderer stuff.

It was a fun evening, thanks for the invitation guys! If you have any questions or want some more info, just drop a message below.



UPnP gateway; third proof of concept

It’s been a while, but some major additions have been made to the UPnP gateway engine. Previously the engine would parse xml description files to generate objects. Now it includes both an xml factory and a device factory that generate everything on the fly.

The code now includes a BinaryLight and a DimmableLight (both standardized DCPs), they are based on standardized services SwitchPower and Dimming (also included). Implementing a fully functional DimmableLight device now only takes 4 lines of code; Continue reading

Update to the UPnP – Lua gateway engine

Just posting this as I’ll be away for a couple of weeks, so what did I fix since last post;

  • Todo: UPnP security service has not been implemented (must have!)
  • Todo: Some of the wrapper code (mutexes, waithandles and sockets) are not complete for all platforms yet, currently it only runs on Windows, but this should be limited as the wrappers themselves have all been created already
  • Todo: Solid logger, as its designed to be used in the background without an interface, it must provide solid logging, even if only for troubleshooting and debugging
  • Todo: Serial library; currently network connections are supported through the LuaSocket library, but serial connections must be added to (probably through ser2net, but that lacks a windows version AFAIK)
  • Todo: The demo is a single Lua file (which is totally crap code), and should be replaced by a Lua side object oriented framework to access and modify UPnP devices/controlpoints

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