Rockpool - Flotilla user interface


#1

Hi,
me again, as you can no doubt tell I have got plenty of time on my hands at the moment to play with flotilla.
So after following your comments on other threads everything is working on my PI using Jessie.

just some comments on the user interface.

I select Menu=>Programming=>Flotilla Rockpool and a browser window opens. This has a message “Pick Your Dock” and a green bar with text “Searching for Flotilla”. Eventually the text changes to “finished”.

Does this means it has found flotilla or not? Could be useful if it said “Flotilla Found” or not.
Also there is no dock to pick, does this only change if there is more than connected?

I then select Connect with the default address of 127.0.0.1 and I get a list of what modules I have got connected and can use them.
with my touch sensor in channel 1 and rainbow in channel 8 I can press button 1 and get the green led on, button 2 and red led on etc.

In my browser I now have on the first line
Input Converters Ouputs
One(7) Empty Green(0)

I have just proved that the 7 and 0 relate to the port the modules are connected to. Is it possible for these to match the hardware numbering, in this case 7=>1 and 0=>8

Finally I saw your post on two cookbooks accessible at http://flotil.la/cookbook
is it possible to stop it going through the cycle of searching for flotilla and then having to connect? ( this is probably me getting impatient in my old age! )

That is it, ( for now ) I shall be taking the kit to my code club in the new year and see how some 10 year olds get on with it.


#2

hi - I recommend you use http://flotil.la/rockpool/, it has the latest code and the ports match the labels.

… the network scanning is a bit hit and miss currently and I think @gadgetoid is planning to make it more of a ‘last resort’ and a manual operation. In the future it will likely probe the default hostname, but in any case if you are running Rockpool on the host where the Dock is plugged in there is no need to wait for the scanning to be done, just click ‘connect’ to the default IP, (localhost) 127.0.0.1.

so yes, connecting to the dock(s) will be streamlined and more intuitive in the near future. Thanks for the feedback :-)


#3

Hi,

just tried it and numbers match the physical channel number, so I will try it out in school in the new year.

now to check out the python API.

steve