[sugar] Pippy and Calculate
Jameson "Chema" Quinn
Tue Sep 4 23:44:46 EDT 2007
I agree. This would provide a good use case for Pippy, something directly
useful which would get kids involved. It would be great if some simple
for x in range(0,5,.1):
y = x ^^ 2
... would work without needing 'import plotter', then it would be a graphing
calculator too. Of course, as soon as you ran the above plot, you'd need to
follow up with::
(That is, the invisible "from plotter import *" would include::
plotter = Plotter() #Make a default plotter
plot = plotter.plot #Make a shortcut so that a beginner can type plot
instead of plotter.plot
... As to the volunteer-power, I agree that it needs help, but that's a
The one place Calculator is clearly better than Pippy is as a nice simple
Sugar example app, we can let it be nothing but that (not in the default
build, but available and easily installable if anyone wants it).
On 9/4/07, Yoshiki Ohshima <yoshiki at squeakland.org> wrote:
> Now, we have Pippy. Into Pippy, the user can type simple
> expressions with some mathematical functions there and execute the
> expression. This means that there is large overlap between it and
> Calculate. Since Calculate is overly under-developed and it has very
> complicated interface, we can now think that we have an option to
> remove it from the build without causing too much grief.
> Imagine if Pippy has a button called "Print!", which would be
> located right next to the "Run!" button. And, if "Print!" prints out
> the results of running the program into the bottom pane, that is
> pretty much all we need. (For the record, the workspace in Etoys has
> been there from day one for this purpose.)
> Some small input assistance may be a plus but having the software
> keyboard for numbers is not a good idea anyway.
> We have a real problem of shortage of man-power, so replacing
> smaller activities that take more time to maintain and document with
> more powerful ones is probably a good thing.
> What do you think?
> -- Yoshiki
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