Author: Kainoa Drost

Python update

If you have read my earlier post you know that as a team we have switched the programming language our robot is coded in from LabVIEW to Python. Currently, this decision seems to have been a very good one, as it was fairly easy to set up, us having only been required to install Python and one software library on the robot, and the same on the computer we use for programming. It also has a fairly small learning curve, given you have some programming experience. There have been some hiccups, but they generally didn’t have anything to do with Python, such as the robot radio not connecting to the computer as expected. Overall I am quite satisfied with my experience of using Python to program bIrobots 2017 season robot,...

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The switch from LabVIEW to Python

LabVIEW is a system-design platform and development environment for a visual programming language from National Instruments. We(bIrobot) used this language last year to program our 2016 robot, Karen. The decision to use this particular language was made because it was easily accessible(already set up), and it had a large community of users that we could reach out to for support. Throughout the course of the season, there were problems, moments in which we were confused by the robots unexpected behavior, and times that we wished we had not gone the LabVIEW route, as it had a very steep learning curve. Early this season a decision was made, we were going to switch to a different language called Python. Python is a high-level general-purpose programming language that can be adapted for use in FRC with some third-party software. We decided to switch to Python because our whole team has some experience with it, unlike LabVIEW, and because the third-party adaptation for FRC was well-maintained and elegantly implemented. We hope to run into fewer problems this season with our robot code and we expect our programming to go more smoothly...

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