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  1. Interactive Programming Alice

  2. Control of flow • Control of flow -- how the sequence of actions in a program is controlled. • What action happens first, what happens next, and then what happens…and so on. • In movie-style programs (Alice Unit 1) the sequence of actions is determined by the programmer • Creating a storyboard design • Writing program methods to carry out the designed sequence

  3. Interactive Animations • In interactive programs, the sequence of actions is determined at runtime when the user provides input • clicks the mouse • presses a key on the keyboard • Swing the wii remote • Stand on the wii fit board • some other source of input • In essence, control of flow is now “in the hands of the user!”

  4. Events • Each time the user provides some sort of input, we say an event is generated. • An event is “something that happens”

  5. Event Handling methods • An event may • Trigger a response, or • Move objects into positions that create some condition (e.g., a collision) that triggers a response. • A method is called to carry out the response. We call this kind of method an event handling method. • When an event is linked to a method that performs an action, a behavior is created.

  6. Example • Build an air show flight simulator. In an air show, the pilot uses biplane controls to perform acrobatic stunts.

  7. Problem • The whole idea in a flight simulator is to allow the user to control the flight path. • The problem is: how do we write our program code to provide a guidance system that allows the user to be the pilot?

  8. Solution • Use keyboard input • Up-arrow key to move the biplane forward • Spacebar to make the biplane do a barrel turn (Note: other sets of keys could be used, we just arbitrarily picked a couple of keys on the keyboard.) • Write event handler methods that respond to each key press

  9. Storyboards • Since two keys are used, two events are possible – so two storyboards are needed: Each storyboard outlines an event handler that responds to a particular event. Event: Spacebar press Response: Do together roll biplane a full revolution play biplane engine sound • Event:: Up Arrow key press • Response: • Do together • move biplane forward • play biplane engine sound

  10. Demo • Lec10BiplaneAcrobat • Concepts illustrated: • Events are created in the event editor • A method is called to handle each event • Synchronize the duration of the animation with the length of a sound. To change the length of a sound, use audio editing software.

  11. Assignment • Interactive Programming • Bunny • Penguin Slide