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MyRobotLab Coding Style

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Keeping track of changes is difficult enough.  Merging differently formatted code makes sad monkeys !

If you use eclipse, we have a file which will make eclipse do the myrobotlab "standard" formatting.

Here it is ! ->  https://github.com/MyRobotLab/myrobotlab/blob/develop/mrl_java_formatter.xml


Esp 8266 Borg Assimilation

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20160516 - Update !

We can talk !  Parts of MrlComm are now running on the Esp8266.  Did a full getVersion request and the data flowed !  ....  goodtimes....

Next is considerable cleanup..   MrlComm "should" be a library..   and then I "think" this should probably not be its own service ... its really just a reconfig of pin mapping (once working correctly) in the Arduino service...

Not sure ..


Agent ... or how MRL starts

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Some confusion has occurred about zombie processes ... Strangely the process which would be kind of the 'cure' to zombies, is itself becoming a zombie - but not because its a process out of control.. its because very few know how to use it, and it does not (at the moment) default to present a UI

 

This "probably" should change because it give a lot of control, and can be used to prevent Zombies !


Fun way to test .. Keep the Elves Busy !

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Here the "Test" service is auto-testing.  The elves go through a matrix of testing.  It's easy to add tests and more are on the way.  Much more fun than an spreadsheet & the tests can now be run on many platforms.


Asynchronous Serial Messages

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Azul was having some issues reading data coming back from a custom script running on an Arduino Mega, so I thought I'd make a small script which demonstrates how to do asynchronous reading.

The script requires no hardware, because it uses a Virtual Serial Port (COM77_uart).

I used the swing gui, because its better at displaying python errors, although the webgui has a better send interface (swing one grows for some reason :P)


Acapela Speech Emoticons

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Saw this in harland's script, and thought it was funny - 
So I looked up what Acapela had to offer regarding speech .. they have lots of exclamations, emoticons & sound effects.

http://www.acapela-group.com/doc/Vocal%20smileys/excla.html


Servo Stuff

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Hi,
I had some servo suggestions.  I was thinking it might be nice not to tie the status of the servo with the control.  I think they are 2 different things and tying them together can cause unwanted feeback and other problems.