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  • #2940

    Pip
    Participant

    I see that in the next update you have text based language planned.
    Does this mean that the blocks will be converted into “real” written code? Any idea when this update will be released?

    I am working with a school and they would like to give some of their more advanced students the chance to write code as well as use the blocks with the crumble. They would really like the feature of converting the blocks into this “real code” and be able to provide some information about it i.e. what language it is based on (python I am guessing) etc.

    Thanks

    Pip

    #2953

    Joseph
    Keymaster

    Hi Pip,

    Sorry – I’ve just seen this after replying to your email!

    The text based language is planned, however, it won’t be in the next release I’m afraid. If you just wanted to view the code (currently kept internal), this might be a possibility. It’s not python, but a basic-like language.

    All the best,

    Joseph

    #2964

    Pip
    Participant

    Hi Joseph,

    Thanks for replying. Yes if I could view the code that would be great it would just mean that we could show some examples of what the blocks are actually converted into. How might I go about doing this?

    Many thanks,

    Pip

    #2983

    Joseph
    Keymaster

    Hi Pip,

    I’ll need to add an option to the software. This isn’t too difficult though, so I’ll try and get it done soon.

    Thanks,

    Joseph

    #3063

    Pip
    Participant

    Hi Joseph,

    OK great, sorry I thought there was something I might be able to do to help. Not a problem we will wait for the feature to be added.

    Many thanks,

    Pip

    #3306

    Ben
    Participant

    Yeah – this would be really great!

    I’m running a couple of workshops soon with younger and older age groups. The younger kids are great with the drag and drop programming, but older kids would benefit from learning proper coding structures.

    Is the plan to be able to swap between the two, or simply to replace the drag and drop with code? A “visual” to “code” switching feature would be brilliant!

    Ben

    #3516

    SeanieT
    Participant

    This would be awesome and a great selling point to parents also. I see this feature with Ardublocks to where the Arduino IDE sketch is in the back ground. I think that having some kind of window toggle or an option to see the actual code would be such a learning and teaching tool. please keep us up to date on this feature.

    Sean
    Eaglesnest Robotics

    #4386

    debkeys
    Participant

    This is a really exciting development. I am just looking at the Crumble for use with our primary school children in Scotland and exploring the potential for older pupils. The older ones in D&T learn text based programming too and I was wondering if there were any more details about the language that is used. Most of ours are currently using the Picaxe system, so are programming in p-basic. If that is the language behind the Crumble that would be fab!

    Debs

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