Help for kick off!

Bert Freudenberg bert at freudenbergs.de
Tue Feb 5 04:52:52 EST 2008


On Feb 5, 2008, at 6:18 , ASWATHY PRASAD wrote:

> Is that all the activities developed in OLPC is in Python? Can't we  
> go for any other language? Can't we use C for it?

To develop activities, you can use any language that can talk to X11  
and DBus. This is detailed at

http://wiki.laptop.org/go/Low-level_Activity_API

However, OLPC encourages programs to be explored and modified  
directly on the XO, we do not believe in "black boxes". In particular  
the XO supports five development environments:

"(1) Python, from which we have built our user interface and our  
activity model; (2) Javascript for browser-based scripting; (3)  
Csound, a programmable music and audio environment; (4) Squeak, a  
version of Smalltalk embedded into a media-rich authoring  
environment; and (5) Logo."
(from http://laptop.org/en/laptop/software/specs.shtml)

Using one of these is preferred, but you are free to use any  
development environment. You will have to bundle the runtime of your  
language inside the activity.

- Bert -




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