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Using Smalltalk to drive Minecraft on a Raspberry Pi


Smalltalk has always been a language for learning with a strong focus on children. The fact that it is included on that standard distribution of the Raspberry Pi which looks like it will become very influential in the UK's class rooms in the next few years is a real opportunity to spread Smalltalk.

Scratch has had considerable usage in UK schools as a first introduction to programming. It is an exploration environment in a sandboxed 2D world that you can program.

One of the most popular sandboxed exploration environments for children today is Minecraft. It is a 3D environment that allows you to build things out out textured blocks. It has an addictive quality (it has for my children anyway!) but can be highly educational. Basic memory structure from RAM to scientific calculators have been written in this environment.

The developers of Minecraft have just built a version on the Raspberry Pi that has an API.

Bert Freudenberg has developed bindings onto this API.

I thought it might be interesting to see what we could do with it.


As usual newcomers are most welcome and this would be a chance to play with Smalltalk.



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  • Andrew M.

    A great subject but I only just noticed and can't get into London from Milton Keynes in time tonight. If there is a follow up I'll be there with the Raspberry Pi Santa left for me! My kids are addicted to Minecraft.

    February 25, 2013

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