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  • rosco_pcrosco_pc Posts: 438
    edited 2022-10-30 18:38

    You can also simply use:
    paste the link to the folder you want to download and it will create a zip file, e.g MEMS Sensor Model

    The UTF issue had been reported quite some time ago already:
    (the repo linked there for testing is no longer available though)

  • RossHRossH Posts: 5,024

    @"Tracy Allen" said:
    I do like the idea of a more accessible, transparent code repository. I'd get back into it. GIT may be great, but my simple mind doesn't get it.

    Can I put in another vote for a non-Git solution? I have used lots of different code management systems over the years (and I do grit my teeth and use Git when I have no alternative) but Git has to be the most complex and least intuitive code management system I have ever encountered. It is apparently true that the Git source code refers to itself as "the information manager from hell".

    I should hasten to add that this is not entirely Git's fault - it was designed to solve a very specific problem that we simply don't have - i.e. to manage very large numbers of users managing a very large numbers of potentially conflicting code changes and all wanting to commit those changes at the same time. It was apparently written initially to manage Linux kernel code.

    Much as Parallax might want to think otherwise, no Propeller code repository is ever going to need that level of complexity, or be required to support that size of developer base. This is very much a case where the KISS principle should apply.


  • evanhevanh Posts: 14,137
    edited 2022-10-31 00:09

    It's fair to say Git is not intended as a repository of finished code, even Linux. If you're not using it for actual development then it's the wrong tool.

  • bob_g4bbybob_g4bby Posts: 377
    edited 2022-10-31 12:19

    I steered clear of Git and Github until recently, when I started contributing to an ESP32forth repository. Rather than having to learn the Git command lines, I use the Github Desktop application in Windows. This is pretty intuitive. Github Desktop is also available for MacOS and may now (or soon) be available for Linux. I like the preview of source code and pdfs on Github - no need to download it to find out if it's relevant. i do update the stuff I publish - especially pdfs, so again Github Desktop makes that trivial. Github is also huge and not likely to go pop anytime soon! --- Just my take on cloud storage. Have a go and see if it reduces the barrier to Git entry low enough.

  • Maybe some link in PropTool to download the whole shebang into the Library Folder?


  • It's not just finding and downloading individual files, it's also a matter of making it easy for folks to upload and to maintain their contributions, including code and documentation. It doesn't need fancy collaboration tools.

    It does need a table of contents with categories and short annotations and a good search engine. Sounds like an OBEX to me. But, who maintains the site?

    Or, I believe the @PhiPi forum option could work without a heck of a lot of supervision if the contributors stick to a template that eases search and decision.

  • McGyverMcGyver Posts: 20
    edited 2022-12-12 23:13

    Hope I am not out of line here...
    I just download the whole sha-bang and got the items for hardware I have on hand or tend to use organized first. It seems a contributors conference call of how to bring groupings together in a coherent manner may be a way to go. It could start with current brand hardware, former brand hardware,(should have store item#) then input devices (A/D), output devices (A/D), specific protocols and competitive, other brand devices broken down in a like manner.....Now I wanted to start with Educational, however that is covered fairly well on company site formatted to current offering. And in saying that what would a store front type setup involve? Can it be linked to GIT to the right code page?
    Edit: I've looked more at GitHub from the root a bit more, I see now how much more than OBEX is involved. I use Windoze for all Parallax software and it is limited as far as file organizing. Using folders with catalog number in filename is the best I can do.
    Robert Ash

  • @VonSzarvas said:
    As talk of OBEX as been coming up in a couple threads, thought I'd harness the moment to pose a question or two....

    Not withstanding that an off-the-shelf and opensource Git-Hub frontend would be nice, or maybe even anything other than the ghastly code-mangling thing we have now. But if we are limited to off-the-shelf... how about the MediaWiki type of solution (ideally one that can also sync to Git-hub, or provide a Git interface along with the webpage file sharing / management) ?

    Some examples:

    OK, they are not the best looking perhaps. But the point is, they provide an interface for people to register and share code, whilst also contributing articles / snippets and code tips. It could also feature a scrape of the language function lists (etc), like in that last references url above.

    There are other opensource wiki systems out there; I've not studied the detail yet to see which I prefer. But maybe some of you already have experience / opinions.

    But just generally--- is there an open-source solution out there that would tick all the boxes ?
    Be it a git front-end, or some other system all together ?

    SUMMARY of thread comments / ideas (in no particular order):

    • Reactivate old OBEX with moderator controlled sign-up and spam control
    • MediaWiki type of solution
    • Custom front-end for GitHub that allows OBEX style access to resources
    • Wordpress plugin for GitHub backend (does it exist?)
    • Forums plugin that allows templated categories for code sharing
    • Wordpress Google Drive plugin ( such as: )
    • Include capability/section for full code objects AND handy code snippets/tips
    • Name and visibility is important.
    • ...

    is there an update about a better Obex?
    I think the Obex as it is now is a hindrance to share code. But shared code is very valuable for Parallax customers and therefore indirectly for Parallax too.

  • @"Christof Eb." said:
    is there an update about a better Obex?
    I think the Obex as it is now is a hindrance to share code. But shared code is very valuable for Parallax customers and therefore indirectly for Parallax too.


    Nothing to report as yet.
    I'm as eager to get it set up as you are, so if the opportunity arises I will ensure it happens quickly, and with an open process to make sure we include everyone that wants to contribute to target getting the thing just right.

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