[Etoys] "dramabotics": Questions about using Bots Inc for storytelling

Offray Vladimir Luna Cardenas offray.luna at javeriana.edu.co
Tue Oct 9 07:54:54 EDT 2007

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Hi All,

This morning we talk in the etoys list about passing from etoys to
Smalltalk using Bots Inc as a bridge and I proposed a project that I
called "Dramabotics", the idea is to use Bots Inc for storytelling on
local folklore. In this way, once the basic topics on etoys and Bots Inc
were covered, we narrate some story where the actors are robots and
etoys, making a bridge between programming and local folklore.

At this moment my class and me are starting to explore the Bots Inc
environment for this and we have two questions (I always ask myself if
this is the proper place to ask, so point me another place if I'm wrong):

 * Can the loadImage and lookLike messages of BotsInc support graphics
made in other graphical tools, like Inkscape, provided that they are in
the proper format (jpeg, png, etc) ?

 * I have seen the method Pica-Bot>>Bot>>private
morphic>>balloonFeedback and I'm trying to get different messages from
the robot, for example:

| probar |
probar := Bot new.
probar setBallonText: ('Rin Rin renacuajo...') withCRs.

but this doesn't work, only if I change the message in the System
Browser I get the desired behavior but I want a method for making the
robots say different things.

Thanks for your help. The more I use Squeak, the more I'm convinced of
their powerful embedded ideas and its impact on education.


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