Posts with tag: programming

Programming for kids?

| tags: programming, ideas, enabling technology

I want 10 year old game programmers working on games for kids with disabilities (and themselves). Given some tools, kids could write simple games that kids who have NO GAMES would enjoy. And maybe get drawn to CS at the same time.


Connecting a Dojo Data Grid to a JsonRestStore

| tags: tornado, python, dojo, javascript, programming

I looked high and low and couldn't find a working example of connecting a dojox.grid.DataGrid to a so I puzzled out parts of it myself. This code probably has errors and omissions but it seems to work for me with dojo 1.4.1.

I would appreciate any corrections or pointers to other examples from those of you who know better. I haven't included any error checking and the references to items by key break down after deletions because of the simple minded implementation of the "database".


CVtypes status

| tags: programming

I haven't used CVtypes recently so it hasn't gotten any of my (very limited) attention. I see that Minh-Tri Pham has forked a version that he is maintaining over at Google Code. I recommend folks use and support his version. Next time I need it, I'll probably adopt his.


Making pyibmtts work when ibmtts is installed in a non-standard place

| tags: programming

I needed to get pyibmtts working for the new Tar Heel Reader installation over at I couldn't install ibmtts in the usual /opt place over there because I don't have root access (and only I'm authorized to use it anyway). To make it work, I installed ibmtts in $HOME/opt and $HOME/var. And I hacked the paths in $HOME/var/IBM/ibmtts/cfg/eci.ini to point to the libraries. I modified Pete's for pyibmtts to add $HOME to the search paths and one tricky bit. To help it find the shared libraries that are part of ibmtts I set the LD_RUN_PATH environment variable to point to the ibmtts lib folder. I understand from this page that setting this environment variable at compile time causes the search path to be encoded into the shared library.


atool enables DDR pad or webcam input

| tags: blind, motor impaired, random, programming, enabling technology

Atool is an extension to our previous CamKeys project. Like CamKeys, atool allows keyboard input based on a cheap webcam. Atool adds DDR pads (or other game controller buttons) as an additional input and it allows playing recorded sounds on input events. My teacher friends in the Progress Education Program over at Asheville wanted to experiment with alternative computer interfaces in their classrooms for kids with multiple disabilities. I demonstrated MusicPad (a simple DDR pad driven sound player) and CamKeys to them. They were excited by the possibilities but daunted by editing files to control it all and depending on keyboard focus to get events to the right places.

So I hacked on CamKeys to add a GUI for configuring all sorts of events. I'll include a few screen shots below. Now the teachers are recording their own speech and music sounds and hooking them to events on the DDR pad or camera.

atool main screen atool create event dialog

The CamKeys roots of this project were funded by the Mozilla foundation.

The source is in CVS at sourceforge uncassist .


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