More than Just A New Look
By user9157252 on Apr 22, 2009
There is more than just a new look at SunSPOTWorld.com these days. There is new content as well!
In case you haven't been following along, we have been releasing fairly regular "Developer Builds" of the Sun SPOT SDK. The upcoming release, code-named 'Red' is available to all as a Developer Preview Release, and it has a lot of cool new features (which I'm not going to go into here. A different blog post for that, I hope). What is in this release (the latest one anyway) is a Robot Simulator.
Let me say that again: A Robot Simulator. You can now, without physical Sun SPOTs, do a complete robot program to control an iRobot Create! Check out the simulator running a maze program:
And you can program the simulated Create in Java, deploy your program to a virtual Sun SPOT in Solarium, and then run it in the Robot Simulator. I have to say, this is one of the coolest things to come along in a while. Seriously.
You can work through the new Tutorial on using the Robot Simulator, or work through the standard Sun SPOT Tutorial, or just go straight to downloading the Sun SPOT SDK and playing with it! I recommend at least working through the standard Tutorial to start with, and reading the Getting Started documentation as well (does anyone really read the docs?).
This is just some of the new content we have developed and are developing to go along with the new release of Sun SPOT SDK.
Note: In order to access the Developer Preview Builds of the Sun SPOT SDK, you will first need to install the standard Blue release (if this is your first foray into the Sun SPOT SDK), and then go to the Preferences Panel of the Sun SPOT Manager and select "Dev Preview." Then return to the SDK tab and install the latest Red release.
Oh, and don't forget to visit the forums for tips, support, ideas, and just to see what other Sun SPOT Developers are up to!
[ Now and then an innocent person is sent to the legislature. ]