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    LEGO article

    I was reading a piece of text about the defenition of IDE on wikipedia.org and i run along this rather interesting article...

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_Mindstorms

    I have just read this and in my 8 years of programming experience i've never been aware of this programming language they actualy use to build blocks for LEGO, my favorite toy when i was still a youngster, and perhaps now i know why i find programming that interesting, it has become a part of my life by now but the time i was playing with LEGO was actualy programming as well

    Does anyone on this board have any experience with this language.

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    I wouldn't say that Mindstorms is a language. It is an interesting brick to play with, though. I had one when I was younger, and I used them in college during my Robotics class. You can download a program to the RCX through the IR port. You can write the program in a variety of languages, as it says on the rest of that page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pianorain
    I wouldn't say that Mindstorms is a language. It is an interesting brick to play with, though. I had one when I was younger, and I used them in college during my Robotics class. You can download a program to the RCX through the IR port. You can write the program in a variety of languages, as it says on the rest of that page.
    The interface for UML is made with the LEGO Mindstorms system so i thought it was a certain language...
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    Man I miss my lego collection. Every couple of months I go into a toy store and have a look at the latest stuff. It used to be $100 would get you the largest set and it would be made of 1000's of bricks. Nowadays you'll be lucky to get a single person on a horse for that, and he's made of just the one, maybe two, bricks.

    The new pirate ships:
    http://www.lego.com/eng/fourplus/pirates/default.asp

    The old (I remember saving up all the money I could to buy that when I was about 6/7. Man, that was a great ship. I think I lost half the pieces within a week, but always had fun trying to rebuild it):
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    LEGO! oh how i loved the stuff, still have a cupboard full of the stuff :P including a mindstorms set.
    I got my mindstorms set before i got into programming, so i never really looked into the programming side of it, would be interesting to get it out again and have a play.....

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    I've also heard quite a bit about programming LEGO with NQC ("Not Quite C"), which you need a separate SDK for. I imagine it's quite a bit more powerful, although less pleasantly point-and-click-able.
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    I had a friend in a robotics class that used lego mindstorms... one of his first projects was to build a lego robot to 'diffuse' a bomb. we all laughed at him because we always used to poke fun at him because he was from India and the general joke was that he was a terrorist
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    Quote Originally Posted by major_small
    I had a friend in a robotics class that used lego mindstorms... one of his first projects was to build a lego robot to 'diffuse' a bomb. we all laughed at him because we always used to poke fun at him because he was from India and the general joke was that he was a terrorist
    Haha...our final project was to create an attack 'bot that would find the target and thrash it in whatever manner the team decided. We shot metal marbles at it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stovellp
    Man I miss my lego collection. Every couple of months I go into a toy store and have a look at the latest stuff. It used to be $100 would get you the largest set and it would be made of 1000's of bricks. Nowadays you'll be lucky to get a single person on a horse for that, and he's made of just the one, maybe two, bricks.
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    Why would I be Dutch? Australian actually.

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    How typical. The blue ship that came out just afted mine (the soldiers ship) is on eBay for $500 (http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI....PageName=WD2V).

    I probably still have half my old pieces over at my folks house. I probably ate the other half over the years.

    I wish my brothers and sisters had got into lego and models when they were kids. All they do is play nintendo. I used to spend days with my lego in my imagination world. Ahh...

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    Kids these days, all PC's, PS2's, Gamecubes etc.....nobody goes out for excercise anymore, i remember the old days of spending afternoons playing with LEGO, or micromachines :P

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    Or matchbox cars or G.I. Joe's... man those were the days. I'm gonna go down to the hobby shops for a bit of a nostalgia trip tomorrow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by stovellp
    Or matchbox cars or G.I. Joe's...
    G.I Joes?? Action Man all the way!!

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