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by TheManWhoWas
Thu May 03, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3D
Replies: 30
Views: 8846

Re: 3D

<t>Jim Manley said:<br/> <br/> <br/> It"s not likely that the Panda3D server will be able to be ported to the Pi<br/> <br/> <br/> I wasn't aware Panda3D had a server. Isn't it just a game engine which happens to also provide some networking support in its libraries?<br/> <br/> Jim Manley said:<br/> ...
by TheManWhoWas
Wed May 02, 2012 8:11 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3D
Replies: 30
Views: 8846

Re: 3D

<t>@dom thanks for the clarifications, esp. about the relationship between running full screen 3D graphics and the desktop.<br/> <br/> However, is anyone known to be actively trying to get something like Panda3D ported, as seems a bit of a hole at present if there is no way to access the power of th...
by TheManWhoWas
Tue May 01, 2012 8:43 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3D
Replies: 30
Views: 8846

Re: 3D

<t>Let me just check my understanding of what's been said:<br/> <br/> If you want to do any hardware accelerated 3D (or 2D) from a Python program, you will need to run it from the command line and access the OpenGL ES low level stuff directly.<br/> <br/> Higher level libraries like PyGame or Panda3D...
by TheManWhoWas
Tue May 01, 2012 2:52 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3D
Replies: 30
Views: 8846

Re: 3D

Thanks James, though surprised there are no other answers.

So outside of writing stuff in C/C++ there is no way to use the GPUs capabilities from Python or JavaScript or any other scripting language presently?
by TheManWhoWas
Mon Apr 30, 2012 9:57 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 3D
Replies: 30
Views: 8846

Re: 3D

<t>What interfaces exist for getting at the 3D capabilities of the GPU on the RPi?<br/> <br/> I presume there is a low level OpenGL ES library for C/C++, but are any of the following supported (or in development):<br/> <br/> <br/> PyGame - accelerated 2D rather than software rendered<br/> Panda3D - ...
by TheManWhoWas
Mon Apr 09, 2012 11:52 am
Forum: Gaming
Topic: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)
Replies: 309
Views: 83979

Re: R-Pi Massively Multiplayer Online Role-Playing Games (MMORPG)

<r>I think creating a "programming game" for RPi is a great idea. The best example I've encountered so far is the RobotC Virtual World: <URL url="http://www.robotc.net/download/rvw/">http://www.robotc.net/download/rvw/</URL><br/> <br/> However, apart from the fact it now costs money and doesn't run ...
by TheManWhoWas
Sun Apr 08, 2012 2:58 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Home v School
Replies: 27
Views: 4661

Re: Home v School

<t>OK, so sounds like the same story from a lot of people: during the 80s there wasn't much computing being taught in schools (despite those BBC Micros) apart from a few enthusiastic teachers doing school clubs. So most people actually learnt to program at home as a hobby on their home computers.<br...
by TheManWhoWas
Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:23 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Home v School
Replies: 27
Views: 4661

Re: Home v School

<t>I get the ideal scenario, but is it reasonable to expect kids to want an RPi outside of school if they primarily encounter it in school and use it for "educational" tasks?<br/> <br/> I genuinely don't know the answer, but I do wonder if I had been surrounded by modern tech in the 80s, and encount...
by TheManWhoWas
Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:16 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Home v School
Replies: 27
Views: 4661

Re: Home v School

<t>nmcc said: <br/> <br/> Why not both?<br/> Because making the RPi engaging and attractive to kids outside of school is much much harder, and so requires an active and concerted effort to achieve.<br/> <br/> You can't just make a bunch of educational stuff and expect kids to choose to engage with i...
by TheManWhoWas
Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Home v School
Replies: 27
Views: 4661

Re: Home v School

<t>Back in the 80s my school had about 10 BBC Micros. This was the computer lab where about 30 of us would have the occassional lesson which mainly involved using software written by our Physics teacher.<br/> <br/> I don't recall ever being taught to program until I did a Computer Studies O-Level, a...
by TheManWhoWas
Mon Apr 02, 2012 9:35 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Development environments
Replies: 54
Views: 27462

Re: Development environments

If NetBeans and Eclipse are reckoned to be too heavy duty for the RPi, is there any vaguely modern IDE that will work that isn't like something from the dawn of computing?
by TheManWhoWas
Sun Apr 01, 2012 9:03 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Development environments
Replies: 54
Views: 27462

Re: Development environments

<t>Or NetBeans. Both Eclipse and NetBeans are available for all major OS's so you can try them out regardless of what you use.<br/> <br/> Personally I've used Eclipse on and off for about 4 years and found it pretty good. But recently I gave Netbeans a go because internet opinion seems to think it i...
by TheManWhoWas
Fri Mar 16, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Point me to the starting line
Replies: 10
Views: 2583

Re: Point me to the starting line

<t>spurious said: <br/> <br/> but my point is you don't need a GUI dev environment to write a GUI application.<br/> Not sure anyone was saying you did were they?<br/> <br/> But I do think you need more than just text output to motivate the budding programmer. Writing a program that calculates for se...
by TheManWhoWas
Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:57 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Point me to the starting line
Replies: 10
Views: 2583

Re: Point me to the starting line

<t>spurious said: <br/> <br/> You can write any application in a text-only programming environment!<br/> I don't think that's what the poster meant. He was talking about output from the program e.g. making interesting graphical stuff happen, rather than just printing text like "Hello World".<br/> <b...
by TheManWhoWas
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 12253

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>morphy_richards said: <br/> <br/> I'm against doing away with teaching essential IT for business and office but I don't see why it all has to be done the Microsoft way.<br/> Sure thing, I totally agree. It is outrageous that M$ has been allowed to hijack the entire ICT teaching program to, indeed...
by TheManWhoWas
Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi
Replies: 69
Views: 12253

Re: Getting Teachers Interested in RasPi

<t>morphy_richards said: <br/> <br/> I agree it would be nice to be shot of Microsoft and PCs but realistically that's not going to happen for some time.<br/> <br/> Whoa! Don't throw the baby out with the bathwater. In the real world most of us do use PCs - gasp - running Windows - gasp gasp - and u...
by TheManWhoWas
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:55 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Setting expectations...
Replies: 37
Views: 7191

Re: Setting expectations...

<t>My first post to the forum a few weeks back was the "Isn't this all too complicated?" thread because I was concerned the Pi was too hardcore for its intended audience.<br/> <br/> At the time the official response was that the first batch were for the "dev hackers" and the educational release at t...
by TheManWhoWas
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:56 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: RS Components
Replies: 175
Views: 32948

Re: RS Components

<t>Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> I got my email from RS at 19:33 on 1st March so presumably am a few minutes ahead of you in the queue but I can't believe their server was churning out emails solidly for 28 hours between my notification and yours!<br/> <br/> I'm not sure it is as simple as that. Fr...
by TheManWhoWas
Sun Mar 04, 2012 10:10 am
Forum: Off topic discussion
Topic: RS Components
Replies: 175
Views: 32948

Re: RS Components

<t>I'm a member of the "6.10 Club" and finally got an email late last night (23.59 to be precise) the same as several other posters. So it seems those of us who thought our registrations had got lost in the server meltdowns at least now know we are in the queue after all.<br/> <br/> It does seem tha...
by TheManWhoWas
Sun Mar 04, 2012 9:59 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Post Pi Launch Snag List (questions not venting)
Replies: 35
Views: 6091

Re: Post Pi Launch Snag List (questions not venting)

<t>Woke up this morning to find I have received an email confirmation from RS sent late last night. Looking on the threads it appears other members of the "6.10 Club" have also received theirs too.<br/> <br/> So that's one snag to cross of the list, and hopefully RS's slow motion approach means they...
by TheManWhoWas
Sat Mar 03, 2012 11:08 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Post Pi Launch Snag List (questions not venting)
Replies: 35
Views: 6091

Re: Post Pi Launch Snag List (questions not venting)

Thanks for that update, last FAQ I saw said 2nd March.

I will post back if I hear anything, though I have resigned myself to the fact that 6.10 was probably the point at which the RS IT guys were having to use fire extinguishers to cool the servers...
by TheManWhoWas
Sat Mar 03, 2012 10:49 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Post Pi Launch Snag List (questions not venting)
Replies: 35
Views: 6091

Re: Post Pi Launch Snag List (questions not venting)

<t>OK, I'm one of the "RS 6.10am" crowd. I couldn't even get onto the Farnell site, but I did "register my interest" with RS and got a confirmation page too.<br/> <br/> I also went back at 10.30am after I saw the Tweet that this was the wrong page, and so I registered an account with RS (and got an ...
by TheManWhoWas
Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:29 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Rob, Eben, David, hardware (pic)
Replies: 4
Views: 1114

Re: Rob, Eben, David, hardware (pic)

I want David Brabhams version!
by TheManWhoWas
Mon Feb 27, 2012 10:21 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 = 11PM on Tuesday 28th USA Mountain Time
Replies: 10
Views: 1853

Re: 0600h GMT on Wednesday 29 = 11PM on Tuesday 28th USA Mountain Time

Hey! After extensive calculations I've just worked out that 0600 GMT is 6AM UK time!!

Ironically living in any other country than the UK would be more convenient
by TheManWhoWas
Thu Feb 23, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Best first language
Replies: 160
Views: 44230

Re: Best first language

<t>error404 said: <br/> <br/> It requires a completely different mindset and skill set, and honestly, web apps are damn boring.<br/> Sweeping generalisations aside, I wasn't suggesting that people had to start by creating proper web sites. What I meant was that you can write PHP scripts to do whatev...

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