Archive for February, 2007

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Getting Closer

February 27, 2007

In continuation of this post, we’ve added support for five WeatherBug stations and cameras within one program, and a number of different sizes and configurations are available for each WeatherBug station that you include in your Leopard programs. The refresh onclick command has also been implemented, and it’ll really make a difference in how programs are constructed in Leopard.

In response to multiple requests, we’ve also included basic math functions to encourage students to add, subtract, multiply, and divide with variables.

The bulk of development on this next version of Leopard is complete, and some final finishing touches are being made right now. I’ll keep everyone updated as we get closer to the release date.

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New Leopard Applications

February 19, 2007

From the Leopard Applications page:

Truro School Student Applications
Developed By: Megan O’Leary
“Included in this example are several examples from students of Truro School in Truro Massachusetts. Enjoy and share!”

Web Page Creator
Developed By: Ashley Hunter
“Web page creator is a basic html, PHP, and Java editor. It gives you the choice of file types you can use and it also will give you an outline of the code you need to make it into your chosen file type.”

Bermuda LUA Codesnippet-Generator
Developed By: bumuckl
“With the BerCSG its very easy to create your own LUA-Applications for Sony PSP…”

Adairville Weather
Developed By: Daniel Draper
“WeatherBug weather for my area. Bowling Green Kentucky”

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New WeatherBug Commands

February 14, 2007

Development on Leopard is continuing to move forward, and the integration with WeatherBug’s data is becoming more complete as each day passes. For your information, the following commands have been added to the current development version of Leopard, which should be released in the near future:

weatherbug travel weather
weatherbug wind chill
weatherbug infrared satellite
weatherbug visible satellite
weatherbug wind speed
weatherbug highs today
weatherbug lows tonight
weatherbug highs tomorrow
weatherbug lightning
weatherbug storm tracker

This tight integration will enable teachers to build more complete interactive lesson plans that contain live weather data, and the additional features give students more content to learn from and get creative with.

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Viva Leopard!

February 14, 2007

At this time, Leopard is only released in English, however, I have tossed around the idea of developing language packs that can be added on to encourage people who speak languages other than English to use Leopard. Over the years, I’ve heard from Leopard users who primarily speak languages such as Spanish, French, and German, and they’ve continued to encourage me to release the programming language in other real languages so that more people can have easy access to it. I do agree that this would open up Leopard to a huge amount of new users, and down the road, I’d like to develop a way to make this work.

Until then, the Leopard users have taken the matter into their own hands. For example, a programmer called debianburn recently translated the Leopard documentation into Spanish and sent it to me in a nice compressed HTML help file that you can download right here. If you speak Spanish, then you’ll most likely really appreciate this.

Yes, the Leopard community is alive and well, and it knows no boundaries.

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Leopard on Vista

February 8, 2007

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The image above is a screenshot of Leopard running on Windows Vista. As far as I can tell, aside from some minor sizing inconsistencies, it appears that Leopard is compatible with Vista.

I’ll need to test all aspects of the language before I can give a full report, but it’s nice to know that even the current code can be used on Microsoft’s new OS. Starting immediately, I’ll be developing Leopard on Vista, so hopefully the operating system will treat me well.