Sunday, November 27, 2011

New ready-to-use Examples with Videos, Code and Fritzing Circuits

Hi! As part of the new preliminary documentation, we have added a page with complete examples, most of which include Frizting diagrams, videos and Minibloq code (mbqc files). These examples start from the simple ones (like the well known "blink", to get started fast) adding complexity progressively. All of them include the parts list and most can be built using spare components as well as sets such as the RobotGroup Multiplo TechBox, the SparkFun Inventor's Kit for Arduino, or the ::oomlout:: ARDX. We encourage Minibloq users to add their own designs to the forum, so we can post about them too! You can click here, or in the following image to go to the page:
And talking about tutorials and examples, I want to mention here two Minibloq users who wrote about how to use Minibloq:

First I want to say thanks to Andrew, from Australia, who is using Minibloq in classroom. He made the first "third party blocks", and also wrote an introductory tutorial on the forum about this. Thanks Andrew!

And finally, thanks to Guntur, from Indonesia, for these three posts in his blog:


  1. Julian, where are the sources?!?

    OK for the license in Spanish, but I would expect an open source software to give me sources, not to ask me to use wine under an open source operating system!

    (by the way: this complaint doesn't imply that I don't appreciate your work, which is, judging from the screenshots, very interesting)

  2. Hi Toobaz thanks. Minibloq is a work in progress and there is a roadmap. I said from the beginning that the sources will become available once some core features are ready. Not before. It will happen about v0.82 or v0.83 (if everything goes ok). We are working hard on the next version (v0.81). Regarding Wine, we selected the toochain carefully to make Minibloq portable (and that took a lot of time). So we are using GCC and wxWidgets, both portable and open source. But porting it to Linux (and Mac) is not so easy, specially regarding the testing (and I like stable software). The work on the native Linux version in very advanced, thanks to some friends, but I wanted to have Minibloq running on Linux as soon as possible, so I documented how to use the current version with Wine. It was to gain time and give a chance to run under Linux now, that's all. The intention is to have a native version for Linux (and Mac), but I'm a Windows programmer, and I do my best (and we are not using VS or MFC, we are working with open source and cross platform libraries). I hope this helps in the understanding of the project.

  3. Excellent .. Amazing .. I’ll bookmark your blog and take the feeds also…I’m happy to find so many useful info here in the post, we need work out more techniques in this regard, thanks for sharing. erek erek