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Minibloq: Drag-and-Drop Arduino Programming for Kids and Code Newbies

by Lambert Varias

We’ve featured a lot of cool and useful Arduinobased creations here at Technabob. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making an Arduino-based project but know little about programming, then you’ll want to support Julián da Silva and his Minibloq project. Minibloq is a graphical programming environment for Arduino that enables users to make programs by dragging blocks instead of or aside from typing code.

minibloq arduino gpe by julian da silva

da Silva promises that Minibloq will be easy to use but still sophisticated, fast, portable, modular and free. Here’s Minibloq being used to work on a on an Intel ClassMate convertible:

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I think the best thing about Minibloq is that it can show the equivalent code of the blocks used in real time, which is a pretty effective way of weaning beginners from the interface. *UPDATE: da Silva has already set up a Kickstarter fund for the project, so check it out and donate if you want to help him complete it. As with all Kickstarter projects, those who give significant donations will be entitled to certain privileges, such as access to pre-alpha versions of Minibloq and even the full source code. You can also check out the Minibloq blog for more info.

[via Hack a Day]

Comments (7):

  1. Technabob says:

    back to the old comment format. Testing

  2. Julián da Silva says:

    Hi, Minibloq is in Kickstarter from today:
    This means that the release is comming soon!
    Any help making this public is very very welcome.

  3. Julián says:

    This week, we also released the (native) Minibloq for Linux:

    it has been also translated to 10 languages (and there are also 2 partial translations) by different users.

  4. Julián says:

    I’m glad to (finally!) announce the new miniBloq.v0.82 version. It has a lot of improvements, and it supports the Arduino Leonardo, the new DuinoBot.v2.3 (both in HID and in CDC mode) and a bunch of robots. There is a lot of new features too: small 2D simulator for kids (miniSim), more blocks, better usability, improved performance, and a new XML backend to easily add new hardware and new blocks without recompiling anything! This last feature makes it really easy to hack, since miniBloq now can generate code not just for C/C++ Arduino-compatible boards, but also for Python and nearly any imperative/OOP language Take a look at the release post in miniBloq’s website:


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