Computer Science Canada

Just a warning of possible stupid questions

Author:  thoughtful [ Sun Nov 23, 2003 7:12 pm ]
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I am going to be involved in a First Robotics team. We make robots in this team. The CPU or Controller this year works on the syntax of C which as i understand is quite simillar to C++. I am going to be overlooking the programming also and i will recommend some guys here. They all work with turing in the school so if someone asks really dumb question or asks to write like a small program for them it will not be used for handing in or marks. And please bare with them and dont ban them for my sake cause some of the question might be stupid, and by might i just mean will be.

Author:  AsianSensation [ Sun Nov 23, 2003 7:24 pm ]
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the robotics competition? cool, I know Massey will be joining that, has anyone else went to this competition? If so, what kind of programs will be the best to use, like does efficiency matter that much, stuff like that?

Author:  Andy [ Sun Nov 23, 2003 8:15 pm ]
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lol, azn, lets make our robot so that it hacks the other robots... if thats possible that is...

Author:  thoughtful [ Sun Nov 23, 2003 10:57 pm ]
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Well no you cannot hack other robots but that would be cool. You can push shove and hit other robots but not use weapon as in cutting through the other robot.

Basically the programming revolves around Electronic outputs which determine the current to the motors, solenoids etc.
We can get input fromt he robot such as sensors.

I looked at the default code they gave us and it is mostly simple involving if statements mostly. But there are a lot of function and procedures as i remember. I will give my team a simple crash course on turing to C but some of them don't even know functions in turing so i dont want to teach them in C as i am very new to C. And they will get stuck once they have to work with those functions and procedures.But i know that i can rely on guys like you and i am pretty confident that you people will explain the code much better than me if they need help.

To check what i am talking about go to

Author:  Andy [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 9:45 am ]
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no i noe what ur talking about... my school went last yr

Author:  Tony [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 11:21 am ]
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heh. So what? We gonna have a CompSci team? Laughing

Author:  thoughtful [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 4:35 pm ]
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lol i wish but, the enty costs about $8,000

Author:  Andy [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 4:37 pm ]
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really? can i join? the compsci team i mean

Author:  Dan [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 5:17 pm ]
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shure you just got to pay for the enetery fee, lol

Author:  Andy [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 7:14 pm ]
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thoughtful, is it c or c++
and dan, dont you know that i'm chinesy? not chinese, chinesy. ask azn what that means if u care to know

Author:  AsianSensation [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 7:55 pm ]
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Chinesy (adj): a crude term referring to people with oriental descent who exhibits the following collection of characteristics: stinginess, having zero social life, the extended development of the left cerebrum (i.e., very adapt at mathematics and will most likely involve themselves in a career related to engineering), and in most cases, the ability to play a popular imported Japanese game that requires the player to imitate dancing by stepping on arrows embedded within a platform.


Author:  Tony [ Tue Nov 25, 2003 7:58 pm ]
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ROFL Laughing I like how you refered to the DDR 8)

Author:  McKenzie [ Fri Nov 28, 2003 5:42 pm ]
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thoughtful, am I missing something here? I checked out your link. It says that the programming language is PBASIC (Parallax BASIC.) Seems to me that your crew dosn't need to learn C, they need to learn BASIC. As an aside "The ground Cero guide to C" (you can find it online with any search engine) is probably the easiest read if you know how to program and want to learn basic ANSI-C syntax.

Author:  SilverSprite [ Sat Nov 29, 2003 4:03 pm ]
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I hope you guys know that i'm doing the programming for the robot this year... (referring to asiansensation and dodge Razz)

Author:  AsianSensation [ Sat Nov 29, 2003 5:23 pm ]
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are you? cool, but I thought bugz was doing it?

Author:  SilverSprite [ Sat Nov 29, 2003 5:26 pm ]
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er... who said that?

Author:  Andy [ Sun Nov 30, 2003 9:06 pm ]
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errr ss how come ur not a mod anymore?

Author:  SilverSprite [ Sun Nov 30, 2003 10:43 pm ]
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i dont have time to be

Author:  meanpc [ Thu Feb 12, 2004 9:32 pm ]
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I have programmed in PBasic before. Go to the parallax website and there is a very comprehensive tutorial on Pbasic there. It is basically a cut-down version of the original Basic.

The commands are interpreted in real time, not compiled like in C, etc.

The programming language is actually imbedded on the chip.