BeeTeamSoftware

Bee Team Software

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BeeTeam Software is my name for a software design I have developed over the last 50-60 years. Rather than large complex programs that give so much trouble, I now use coordinated small programs that I call WorkerBees. 
Why? Smaller modules are interchangeable and more reliable, with
 easier unit testing and development.

The Bee Team:

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A BeeTeam consists of a Queen and Worker Bees organiized into a Hive.
Any computer on your network can have a
hive.  
Hives are peers, with equal capability.
Hives can send tasks and information to each other.
Hive activity is tracked in logs and displayed on queues visible on network screens.
The Queen runs the hive. Looks tough, doesn’t she?

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The Hive is actually a suite of related programs:


The Shell-Parser …          processes commands, initiates tasks


The Scheduler …              arranges tasks by time or events


The Dispatcher …             launches tasks that are ready to run


The Event Handler ….       coordinates time, starts, stops, waits, etc.


The Rule Processor …      responds to changes: condiitons or events




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Honey = The Event Log:   

We will call our event data honey. 
It is used to monitor and control your organization. 
Because it costs to collect and is indispensible in making decisions,
Never underestimate the value of your honey!


All events in the Hive are recorded in the Event Log, with a timestamp.
They may contain data such as task starts and completions, progress messages, request for new services, etc.
Because the data is raw, any form of information may be stored in it:
                - data for factories, warehouses, scientific labs, small or large businesses or schools.

Once the data is collected, all sorts of useful information may be extracted from it for analysis and actions, and placed in databases, reports, accounting systems, etc.
For example, events such as starts and stops may be combined for calculating durations.  
Reports range
 from employee and task time tracking - to inventory tallying - to data collection out in the field, etc. …

New events may also trigger other tasks - such as dispatching a worker/task by the Queen.

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HOW DOES IT WORK? What’s under the hood? ::

The Bee Team software is written in a portable programming language called Python, available on most computer platforms and networks these days - [Windows, Mac, Linux, IBM AS400s, etc.] 

The BeeTeam coordinates tasks and timing using a python package called SimPY, a form of Discrete Event Simulation which  controls task creation and dispatching. It supports both simulation and real time clock operation.

The BeeTeam also uses another python package called PYRO, python remote objects - to transport tasks/bees between computers on your network.

Finally, The BeeTeam records and coordinates all activity through the use of a database called the Event Log.
All starts, stops and similar events are recorded there.
Event Logs are provide the ability to collect and report not only previously anticipated data needs,
             but often constructing other unforseen reports later as well.

© Gareth Harris 2018        -         Contact email: GarethHarris@mac.com         -         see also: SentimentalStargazer.com