Rurple NG, an environment for teaching programming to beginners

Development version, Paul Crowley,, 2009

This program is free software; you can redistribute it and/or modify it under the terms of the GNU General Public License as published by the Free Software Foundation; either version 2 of the License, or (at your option) any later version.

This program is distributed in the hope that it will be useful, but WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY; without even the implied warranty of MERCHANTABILITY or FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. See the GNU General Public License for more details.

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Rurple NG is a reimplementation from scratch of André Roberge's marvellous RUR-PLE:

This is an early release of RUR-PLE. On top of the failings listed in the manual, the biggest thing it lacks is a working build system. In order to get a working build of the Windows installer you need to follow the following steps:

  • Build the manual. This is all the "SConstruct" file supplied currently does, and it currently uses a Linux specific hard-coded path for finding the relevant DocBook style sheet. Running an XSLT processor by hand should work equally well; the manual should end up in "buildhtmlindex.html".
  • Build the executable with "python py2exe". You will need py2exe and the wxPython library.
  • Run "build.bat" to build the installer. You will need WiX installed.

I'd very much like to wrap all of these steps into the SConstruct file in a way that works under Windows. I'd also of course like to produce a .deb file suitable for Debian and Ubuntu based systems. Help in this area would be very much appreciated.

-- Paul Crowley, 2009-08-30