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O'Reilly Network: Lego MindStorms: Programming with NQC

Mar 01, 2000, 06:13 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jonathan Knudsen)

"Last month I told you about the Lego MindStorms Robotics Invention System and why it's such an interesting product. This month, you'll get right to the fun stuff: building and programming your own robot. You'll learn how to program using Not Quite C (NQC). Created by Dave Baum, NQC is one of the alternate development environments I talked about in last month's column. NQC is a great piece of software for several reasons:"

  • "NQC is freely distributed under the Mozilla Public License (MPL).
  • It runs on Linux and Mac OS as well as Windows.
  • It has a syntax that looks like C, making it easy to learn for C programmers.
  • NQC uses the default firmware that comes with the Robotics Invention System. This makes it easier to deal with than some of the other, more powerful development environments that use alternate firmware."

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