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CPB and MakeCode Issues - Where to Report + Moving Out of Be
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CPB and MakeCode Issues - Where to Report + Moving Out of Be

by gallaugher on Fri Jun 04, 2021 10:45 am

Hi,
I'm trying to assess the CircuitPlayground Bluefruit's use for Fall Classes. I had hoped to start with MakeCode to illustrate programming topics in block code, then move on to CircuitPython. I've done CPX MakeCode and CPB Python, but was hoping to stick to just one board. MakeCode with the CPB is proving pretty unreliable. I'm reporting the issues below & would be happy to connect w/whichever team is supporting this to see if I can be useful in identifying areas that need work. I'm using the CPB beta simulator at: https://maker.makecode.com/ I'm using a Mac and have tried these with both Chrome & Safari with the same results.

ISSUES ON DEVICE:
Sound play doesn't seem to work on the CPB. If I add Button B Click > Play Sound "Ba Ding" it works in the simulator, but just wheezes if this code is downloaded to the actual device.

Light sensor doesn't seem to work on the device

I have set two blocks, but neither works when code is loaded to device:
- On Light Dark > Set all pixels to Blue
- On Light Bright > Set all pixels to Red
- uploaded code, when downloaded to device, still shows blank pixels. Similar code works on CPX simulator

Sound sensor doesn't seem to work

On Loud Sound > Set all pixels to white gets nothing.

At one point this code simply stopped working when downloaded to the device. Here is the code. When I try a simple new MakeCode program, it does work, so it doesn't seem to be a board.
https://makecode.com/_3ea9T1bPC3uy

ISSUES IN SIMULATOR:
- No "Shake" in simulator.
- No "Light" sensor in simulator
- No sound detection in simulator
- No temperature in simulator
- Some animations don't show up - e.g. Sparkle animation doesn't seem to show up in simulator at all. Others, like Running Lights, don't look like running lights on CPX simulator or when running on the device.

Thanks for helping me get a sense of if/when these issues may be addressed. Thanks!

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Re: CPB and MakeCode Issues - Where to Report + Moving Out o

by bsurkan on Sun Jun 13, 2021 6:15 pm

I am trying to do the same thing for my 10th grade students. We are very happy with the functionality of the Circuit Playground Express and its editor https://makecode.adafruit.com/#editor, but we would prefer to invest in the CPB, as bluetooth is more useful to us than infrared, but if the block coding editor for the CPB will not be stable by September, then we'll likely go with the CPX. Unfortunately, we need to make a decision before June 15th between the two boards. One of the add-ons that we want to use is the datalogger and that causes the current beta editor to freeze. I'd be happy to provide beta testing feedback and it would be really helpful to have an idea whether support for the CPB is planned to rise to the level of editor support for the CPX. I prefer the https://makecode.adafruit.com/#editor editor over https://maker.makecode.com/#editor. Any updates?

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Re: CPB and MakeCode Issues - Where to Report + Moving Out o

by johnpark on Fri Jun 25, 2021 1:40 pm

I would definitely log issues on the Microsoft GitHub for these issues, and also ask them on their MakeCode forums https://forum.makecode.com/

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