[CoLoCo] Having troubles with Alice....

Andrew keen101 at gmail.com
Mon Jun 16 19:52:57 BST 2008

I tried Alice on my system, and it seems to run ok. I needed the java
runtime environment (jre) for my arduino (http://arduino.cc/), for which i'm
learning how to program in c. I couldn't get suns version of java to work
correctly with the arduino software, so i installed the "openjdk-6-jre"
packages. Worked great for my arduino software. So, since i already had that
installed i tried Alice. It looks fine on my system, and seems to be running
ok. The only thing that doesn't seem to work is when trying to play the
snowman example movie. It seems to want to play it in a higher resolution
than what my monitor supports. When maximised bigger than my screen it seems
to play. I also tryed the WinXP version, with the windows version of sun
java, and it runs about the same, but without the weird movie issue.

I suggest trying it with the "openjdk-6-jre" version of java, and seeing if
it works for you.


On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 12:16 PM, TC <telecon at infosyndicate.net> wrote:
> Java is the official language of AP CS?  No wonder recent college
> graduates are so poorly prepared for the real world.
> I can speak to this, because I've been interviewing people for support
> positions at Sun, and working on a start up that is RoR based.
> Yeeks.
> Richard Guenther wrote:
>> On Mon, Jun 16, 2008 at 8:36 AM, Neal McBurnett <neal at bcn.boulder.co.us
>> <mailto:neal at bcn.boulder.co.us>> wrote:
>>     I bet it is the extraordinary efforts of the GCJ folks that have
>>     forced Sun's hand in starting to release Java as open source, and we
>>     all benefit from that.
>> Hi Neal,
>> It's me, not Ringo, that has the problems with Alice.  I agree with you
>> on applauding the work on GCJ that people did.  I'm not a big fan of
>> Sun, nor Java, but it is THE language for the AP Computer Science
>> curriculum, so I need to know the official compilers from Sun.  I wish
>> the College Board would allow multiple languages, as Python would be a
>> great language for the APCS class.  The Python Edu-sig has been pushing
>> for that for a long time.  Mostly we bite the bullet and teach Java,
>> although behind the scenes we complain about it a lot :-).
>> Kevin, I am using the official Sun Java versions, btw, and the problem
>> still exists.  I'll keep experimenting on it.
>> Richard
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