FTC allows three methods of programming: OnBot Java, Blocks, and Android Studio. We tried all three this year and would like to share our experiences with them as well as pros and cons.
OnBot Java - A bare-bones programming tool great for teams with little or no experience programming
Blocks - A simple tool for teams who have younger members/have very little programming experience or a lack of a software mentor
As for us, we started out with Blocks for our first Tele-Op. Then, we started using OnBot Java which was sufficient for the early stages such as basic tele-op and autonomous. Once we were familiar with Java programming, we started to transition to Android Studio which has made coding much easier. However, we do not recommend it to most rookie teams unless they have a mentor with experience/advanced programmers, because it is very complicated in the beginning. At our first meet, Android Studio refused to run our program edits (it is useful to be able to change code during competition) because of a few updates it needed, and we did not have wifi to do so and hotspots are not allowed . However, we were able to copy and paste our code into OnBot Java and send it to the robot from there.
I hope this was an informative guide. Below is a link to tutorials for each programming tool made by FIRST and others.
Leave a comment if you have any questions or anything!
- Andrew G