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Open Blocks Download Page
This is the download page for OpenBlocks, an open-source Java library for creating blocks-based programming UIs. OpenBlocks consists of two packages: codeblocks and slcodeblocks. Codeblocks is the basic underlying library that is responsible for most of the functionality. We will periodically release updates to this library. Slcodeblocks is code from our project, StarLogo TNG, that uses and extends our codeblocks library to fully implement StarLogo TNG's UI. The source is provided for reference, but we will not maintain these files. Additionally, we have removed SLBlockCompiler.java, SL_Command.java, lang_def.xml, and commands_slc.slb, all of which are required to run slcodeblocks fully. We hope to provide sample replacements for these files as soon as we can.
UPDATE: We have created a sample Eclipse project using OpenBlocks and attached it below. It has a sample lang_def.xml file included, so it can generate and display a set of drawers full of commands. It also has Javadocs in the doc/Javadocs folder.
To run the project, run the main() method in src/controller/WorkspaceController.
We also noticed that mikaelhg has started a refactoring branch of this code on github. We thank him and hope that others will consider requesting permission to contribute to his efforts.
OpenBlocks is no longer under development at MIT STEP (we are focusing our efforts on a new web-based blocks library called ScriptBlocks), but we have created a Google Group for questions and support. We are members of the group and will answer questions when we can. Other community members may also answer questions, which increases the quality of support for the whole community. Check out the group at https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups#!forum/openblocks.
Our libraries depend upon (and include) JFreeChart, JCommon, and TableLayout. You can view their licenses and download them at their respective websites:
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Copyright (c) 2009
MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program
Eric Klopfer, Daniel Wendel, Ricarose Roque, Corey McCaffrey, Lunduo Ye, Aidan Ho, Brett Warne, Xudan Liu, Hout Nga
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