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joshhighley
Level 7

Emulator?

Are there any plans for a Roku Player emulator for development? It's a pain to have to develop and test with the actual Player, especially when it's hooked up to the family TV.
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RokuKevin
Level 9

Re: Emulator?

There are no plans for an emulator at this time. Maybe you need a second box for you office? Smiley Wink

We will continue to look for ways to simplify development, but one of the issues with an emulator is that a PC does not include the secure key storage hardware that the Roku box does. So many of the security features cannot be emulated.

We are looking at simplifying the experience of interfacing with the Roku DVP for development. Any opinions on an eclipse or visual studio plugin?
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joshhighley
Level 7

Re: Emulator?

An eclipse plugin would be welcome. At least something to check syntax and other simple things. Having to upload scripts to the Player, only to be caught by a missing parenthesis or a misspelled variable name will get frustrating after a while. Maybe the eclipse plugin can do the upload as well.

As for the secure key storage -- maybe an emulator could communicate with the Player for that portion? I realize the SDK was just released, but with modern development environments, it's a bit archaic.
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danstl
Level 7

Re: Emulator?

I believe on Mac and Linux you can use the make files to automaticly send the project to your roku, and then it will tell the roku to package it, and so all you have to do is issue one command and then refresh your browser window to grab the new singed package.
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Corgalore
Level 7

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"RokuKevin" wrote:
There are no plans for an emulator at this time. Maybe you need a second box for you office? Smiley Wink

We will continue to look for ways to simplify development, but one of the issues with an emulator is that a PC does not include the secure key storage hardware that the Roku box does. So many of the security features cannot be emulated.

We are looking at simplifying the experience of interfacing with the Roku DVP for development. Any opinions on an eclipse or visual studio plugin?


I know this is a bit late, but I think a Visual Studio plugin would be great. Right now I'm using VS 2010, but as a text editor to write BrightScript.
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destruk
Level 10

Re: Emulator?

only three years too late, yeah - viewtopic.php?f=34&t=42578
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