For my computing coursework I am developing a Roku channel. Due to network restrictions at school I am unable to run the Eclipse with the BrightScript plugin. The technicians have said they can set me up with a standalone machine to develop on but if they do this I have to upload my channel to the Roku using a USB drive.
My question is this: Is it possible to programme a channel on a PC, save it to a pen drive and then run the channel on the Roku from the pen drive?
I hope to be using Eclipse with the BrightScript plugin and I am developing on a Roku3.
You need a network connection to deploy a channel to your Roku. You don't necessarily need to develop using the Eclipse plugin. You'll need a text editor (e.g. Notepad or Notepad++), a way to create Zip files (e.g. Windows Explorer or 7-Zip), a telnet client for debugging (e.g. Windows Telnet or PuTTY), and a way to connect to and deploy (side-load) your channel from your PC to your Roku (e.g. any web browser or cURL). Here's some more info on setting up a development environment on Windows without using Eclipse: http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?f=34&t=83613. If you can't connect from your PC to your Roku over a network connection, however, then you're out of luck. Depending on which Roku model you have, you can connect to a network using ethernet or WiFi. If your school doesn't want you connecting to their network but you have your own laptop, you may be able to set up an ad-hoc network (as described in the first part of this post: http://forums.roku.com/viewtopic.php?p=491352&sid=50621e28714a0944eb9b1b5d9ca4a807#p492929), which can be used to connect to the Roku.
You actually don't need telnet installed -- you can pull the debug log from an http url like http://ipaddress_of_roku_device:8085 Telnet does help if you want to check a value that isn't printed to the debugger, or if you want to manually interact with the debugger, but for viewing printed logs and errors that url will work just fine.
Yeah but I hit CTRL+C to jump into the console all the time, can't imagine trying to live without that.
I did manage to set up a direct ethernet cable to my Roku and work on it OFFLINE, but it's been so long I can't remember how I did it, and it doesn't work anymore anyway since I nuked my laptop and did a fresh Windows 10 upgrade.