Hello all – I just got my OSPi this weekend and wanted to hack around with some Python to control it. I’m a total noob when it comes to the hardware, but I’ve been a professional Python developer and author for many years, so I’m really excited to see what I can learn and contribute.
Specifically, I wanted to replace the awful timer in my garage with cron jobs on the Pi. I just got new sod and configuring the wacky schedule required almost made me lose my mind with the dial-based timer that came with the house.
I also wanted to be able to quickly prevent any jobs from running when my soil moisture is high or I see a high percentage of rain in the forecast. (It’s a manual operation now but I have plans to automate it soon)
Once I get a little more comfortable with the hardware, I’m looking at writing a remote-access solution and making it freely available to everyone who is interested. I’m an iOS developer in my day job, so you can expect a remote-access iPhone application from me at some point in the future!
My initial goal was also to limit the number of external dependencies and libraries, so this version is pretty basic. I’ve identified a couple weaknesses that I need to address, but I’m pretty happy for the handful of hours it took to get this written and published.