By user9157252 on May 06, 2009
Ok, it's been a while since we've pushed out a Beta -- we've been doing fairly regular Developer Builds -- so it's that time! Version 5 of the Sun SPOT SDK (we call it 'Red') is now available on the Beta site.
Not sure how to get the Beta Software? Here's a quick tutorial.
If you already have the Sun SPOT SDK Installed (and of course you do, don't you?), then start the Sun SPOT Manager Tool.
Go to the 'Preferences Panel:
And select the 'Beta Update Center':
Then go back to the SDKs Panel:
and install the red Beta1. It's really that easy.
And for those of you that like to live on the bleeding edge with us, you can always go back to the Preferences Pane and select the 'Dev Preview' Update Center for regular Developer Builds. Right now, the Beta1 build and the last Dev Preview build are bit-for-bit exactly the same, but just for future reference ... (Note: The SPOT Manager will remember your choice of Beta Update Center or General Release Update Center, but by design it will always 'forget' the Dev Preview selection, just to keep you from accidentally installing a (potentially unstable) Developer Build.).
Enjoy! And please report any issues you may have on the forums. Also note that the Robotics Emulator and lots of other cool stuff is included in this release, so enjoy!
[ Real Users never know what they want, but they always know when your program doesn't deliver it. ]