An enhanced text-field% GUI control for Racket

:: racket

The Racket GUI library provides a text-field% control which allows input of arbitrary text, but only basic functionality by default. However, the class is designed to be extensible and in this article we’ll look at how to extend this control to provide a more modern input control with a cue text and input data validation.

Chess Game Using Racket’s Pasteboard (part 3)

:: racket

The pasteboard%object is an editor of snip% objects and it implements some features that make sense for an editor: for example, you can select multiple snips and drag them around with the mouse, and you can move selected snips using the keyboard, you can also add any kind of snip, not just chess pieces to the pasteboard. Since none of these features are useful or desirable for a chess board game we will look at how to disable them.

Chess Game Using Racket’s Pasteboard

:: racket

The Racket GUI library provides an “editor toolkit” which can be used to implement programs that use an interactive graphical canvas where objects can be moved around with the mouse. This toolkit has good reference documentation, however this documentation can be somewhat overwhelming, and it is not always clear how to begin writing such interactive application, or how to achieve some basic functionality, so I wrote a tutorial on how to implement a chess board game in Racket using the pasteboard% and snip% classes which are part of the GUI library.

Racket Data Frame Package

:: racket

A Racket implementation of a data frame structure, which allows efficient manipulation of data that is organized in rows and columns. It was originally written as part of the ActivityLog2 project, than moved into its own Racket package.

A Racket GUI Widget to display maps based on OpenStreetMap tiles

:: racket

This is a Racket GUI Widget which can display maps based on Open Street Map tiles — it allows embedding maps in Racket GUI applications. I originally wrote this code as part of the ActivityLog2 project and, since I wanted to use it in other projects, I decided to move it onto a separate package and publish it to the Racket package server.

Running and Cycling Workout Editor

:: activitylog2

A Garmin fitness device can use workouts during a bike or run activity: they are a collection of steps with a duration and intensity (such as heart rate, pace or power). While running or biking, the device keeps track of the duration and will sound an alarm if the intensity is too high or too low. Workouts can be created on the Garmin Connect website, but I decided to write my own application for creating workouts.

Arduino 433Mhz Receiver — Reading Keyfobs

:: arduino

I bought a 433Mhz receiver shield for Arduino as I wanted to experiment with wireless communication, and, as the first application, I built a receiver that can read serial numbers and button status from my garage door opener remote.

Arduino Inclinometer Improvements

:: arduino

After using the inclinometer for a while, it became apparent that the functionality was too basic. I extended it, so the unit tracks maximum pitch and roll values seen, displays the pitch and roll direction and can perform calibration on demand, so the unit does not have to acquire its orientation each time it is started up. I also built a better enclosure for it.