@gedankenstuecke just made a great website (https://tzovar.as/one-button-tracker/ - forum post here) that allows you to program your Puck.js to be an event tracker.
It reminded me that @benjaminbenben had suggested a long time ago that we have a website for loading apps onto Espruino devices. At the time I ended up devoting most of my time to Bangle.js, and for that I ended up making the Bangle.js app loader which does a similar thing - but very specifically for Bangle.js. It now has loads of apps on it.
What does everyone think? Is there a place for a generic Espruino app loader? Would you contribute apps to it?
What apps do you think would be worth adding?
I think that's a really cool idea, as there's probably lots of common use cases and the tutorials already cover quite a lot of them, having an easy way for people to give them a go right away would be really nice!
Oh yeah, I remember chatting about that - it'd be brilliant!! I had a bit of a hack into configurable scripts with a countdown timer & LED blink. I also put together some ui sketches but I can't find them.
Oh wow, more devices with Web Serial would be awesome. And being able to read back data in a nice way would allow some really useful apps.
With the neopixel app suggestion - if it was a generic app loader, I'd wonder about adding a button to my espruino-pixels page which would be "load this pattern on a puck.js" (though maybe that's already possible with the ide? 🧐)
When I was thinking before, I was pretty focussed on PuckJS and the angle was "turn my puck into X", so I was thinking Countdown Timer, Music Remote Control, Blinking Light, etc. With different devices, and connected things there'd be a whole lot more!
I'd be up for contributing apps, though also let me know if I can help with design/build of the app loader - I'd love to be involved in that!
From the point of view of reducing workload/bugs and ensuring new features (ratings/etc) appear on both, using the Bangle.js app loader's code seems like the best bet. Maybe moving it to a shared git module would be best? Any other thoughts?
There are a few obvious differences I guess:
But it feels like 90% of the code would be the same...
Another option is just to use the Bangle.js app loader for all Espruino devices - some of the Bangle.js apps would run as-is on other devices. I think perhaps that's a step too far though? Folks with Bangle.js are going to want a simple, non-confusing way to load apps.
We now have a very early app loader based on code shared with the Bangle.js App Loader: https://espruino.github.io/EspruinoApps/
Code for it here: https://github.com/espruino/EspruinoApps
I still need to do some filtering based on device (and sort out the 'press BTN3' reload prompt) but at least there's something that actually works now.
If anyone fancies doing some work on this (either improving, or adding some apps) it'd be hugely appreciated!
Also, are there any specific apps that you'd like?
App Loader is now live and contains a slightly more useful set of apps: http://forum.espruino.com/conversations/355513/
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