Migrating from EZ-Script to JavaScript

Organized Commands

JavaScript organizes commands in groups, called classes. There are classes for controlling servos, reading ADC, setting and reading digital ports, and more. The methods within the classes are well documented on the JavaScript manual page in the support section.

ARC JavaScript Manual: https://synthiam.com/Support/javascript-api/javascript-overview

How Does It Work


When typing in the JavaScript window, intellisense will detect the first characters of each word and display a dropdown of options. For example, if want to move a servo into a position, we begin typing Servo. and the class for servo commands will display.

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Each class separates the commands by a (.) period. Select the class and the commands within that class will be displayed.

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And here we can see the command Servo.setServoPosition, to move a servo into a specified position. There are variants of the command that support different parameters. That means you can type any variant of that command by providing only the parameters that you wish to provide. For Servo.setServoPosition, there is one variant that accepts the board index, and the other does not which means it defaults to index #0

Either of these two servo commands will perform the same outcome. The only difference is the second command is specifying the EZB board index.

Code:

Servo.setPosition(d0, 75);

Servo.setPosition(d0, 75, 0);


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#1  
Wow that is totally great info to know, thanks!
#2  
Thanks for this Tutorial @DJ. It will be invaluable as I change over my many scripts from EZ Script to JavaScript! I'm excited to see how my robot's arm servo react to the new faster language. I have some pretty complex scripts (for me anyway. LOL).
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#3  
I think you'll find that the new scripts you write will be even smaller and faster. Probably easier to read as well. I can always help you change some over if you post one. That'll give you examples of how the difference would be.
#4   — Edited
But just to be clear, the EZ scripts should still mostly work in Arc? I tried 2 that still worked no conversion. Just slower most likely.
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Synthiam
#5  
Yeah, EZ-Script works in ARC. This is a tutorial to help people migrate to a faster and more feature-rich language.
#6  
Wow @DJ. That's an amazing offer. Thanks! I'll post one soon. I think I have covid now and need to get past that first. Can't quite thing straight right now. LOL.
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#7  
Oh boy, it seems everyone is getting covid these days. I'm feeling left out. I hope you're doing well and binge-watching a lot of tv! Drink soup and dream about robots.
#8  
Thanks DJ. I'm coming to the end of it I hope. Feeling better. Don't feel left out. Only good thing about this is now I have some antibodies for a while. LOL. Stay healthy!
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#9  
That's what super heros are made of!
#10   — Edited
Actually i was adding some script codes for my Init servos start up and other start up functions, then realized I used EZ script instead of Javascript. Since Javascript is way faster ,what is the easy way to convert the EZ script over to Javascript? right now it just wants to delete the whole EZ script when I move into Javascript window. Like if I copy and paste it in, will it convert? I guess I can just start over line by Line with the cheat helper
Edit.... I think I had a similar question last week about using my old EZ scripts and did you point out some tutorial Link? I seem to have forgot where.
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Synthiam
#11  
*Note: I moved your question to the appropriate thread because it was asked on a feature request for Blockly copy and paste

The windows Copy and Paste command will copy the text. There is no way to "convert code" when pasting. It will merely paste what is copied. Once you paste the EZ-Script into the JavaScript window, you can edit the code to make it JavaScript syntax.
#12  
Ahh yes That was what I was looking for thanks again, sorry for asking twice,LOL!
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#13  
How to  include a javascript library ?
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#14  
There used to be an option for that. Hmmm. I can't seem to find it now. I'll have to take a better look as I don't see it in the documentation on the support section.