[sugar] Programming environments on the XO

Martin Sevior martines at unimelb.edu.au
Thu Jul 17 00:54:40 EDT 2008

Hi Samuel,
          Marc Maurer has done 95% of the work required to do
multi-programming language syntax highlighting in libabiword. The
advantage of using libabiword is that you get collaboration for free. It
is easy enough to embed this in your own canvas and hook up the controls
you need or want, just as we've done for Write.

Marc is a bit of a perfectionist so I'm not sure how usable "95%" of the
work is and whether it could be finished by simply using it and
providing bug reports as needed would be.

Hopefully, Marc will chime in soon.



On Thu, 2008-07-17 at 00:39 -0400, Samuel Klein wrote:
> There has been talk about expanding Pippy to support a variety of
> programming languages, perhaps as plugins; to add syntax highlighting;
> and general interest in seeing Develop proceed.  Syntax highlighting
> in Write has been brought up as well.  C and Javascript environments
> have been specifically highlighted, since C is used for a fair bit of
> code that we ship; but enthusiasts of Ruby and many other languages
> have considered providing an intro dev environment as a standalone
> activity, one per language.  And HTML creation is possible in Write
> but without highlighting, and it is not obvious how to put this to
> good use.
> Finally, we now have activities for Etoys (Squeak), Scratch, and
> Turtle Art, but not yet a Logo activity; though a few people are
> working on the latter.
> Where are we with these developments?  What plans are there to
> complete any of the above this year?  What specific features should we
> schedule to support the above, and which is most important?  
> SJ
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