sugarbot's aim is to provide testing and automation facilities for the OLPC Project's Sugar GUI. The project must first identify and evaluate possible implementation options, and then implement the best choice. Although it has a Sugar focus, sugarbot should be easily extensible to other Python-based GUI's.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Migrating to an Activity

As was suggested in the IRC channel last night, I'm going to create a small OLPC Activity wrapper for the time being.  All that the code will do is launch Calculate.activity inside itself (so technically not 'launching', but actually reading and calling the appropriate functions).  From there, I'll be able to check and see if I can intercept PyGTK messages.  I am assuming that I'll be able to, so that will be a great first step at actually working inside Sugar.

As far as this method goes, it removes the possibility of actually automating the Sugar GUI itself (but the functionality could be designed-in later), as far as the frame, ring, and Activity list go.  I doubt that these are aspects that will need in-depth testing, as their function is severely limited.  However, being severely limited in function, it should be easy to extend sugarbot to automate those features as well.

Hoping to have a copy that snoops on Calculate.activity and (potentially) automates a few basic operations done tonight/early tomorrow.  Will upload everything to SVN when that is done.

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