pgrunwald at comcast.net
Tue Nov 8 03:47:07 UTC 2005
I was a lurker last year and unfortunately real life got it in the way and
my Smalltalk interest waned while starting new work and whatnot. My
I bought some Smalltalk books off Amazon last year and it kindly informed me
today about Stéphane Ducasse's new book "Squeak: Learn Programming with
Robots. (http://smallwiki.unibe.ch/botsinc/ )" I read the reviews and
searched the archives but it is not clear to me what exactly the book
covers. I spent a lot of time with Lego Mindstorms and Brian Bagnall's
book "Core LEGO MINDSTORMS Programming: Unleash the Power of the Java
Platform" and it taught me a lot. I also spent some time with the PPRK
Both have taught me a lot and help me understand the Java and robots.
I'm still very interested in understanding Smalltalk. What was not clear to
me was if Stephane's book has a real hardware platform to experiment with or
whether is it all virtual. I also searched the archives and didn't see
anything recent about Mindstorms or any actual hardware platform.
1) Is the "Squeak: Learn Programming with Robots" tied (or easily tied) to a
real robotics platform. Is it tied to hardware or is there interest in
tying it to a experimental platform.
2) Is there anything recent with Squeak and a real hardware platform. I
have Mindstorms and am interested in the new Vex Platform as well as doing
something from scratch.
3) I read the "Seeking Squeak Mentor" thread - anyone interested in
mentoring me in the robotics arena? (p.s. I'm in Albuquerque) and possibly
tying the lessons to hardware?
p.s. I just ordered Stephane's book from Amazon!
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