When programming in Block mode within the DexterOS interface, it is not possible to switch fluidly between block mode and editable python mode.
Why is this a valuable behavior?
Because. . . .
- As a teaching tool, being able to switch fluidly between the two modes allows the instructor to actually show what’s happening behind the scenes - i.e. that the pretty blocks actually represent lines of “real code” instead of just pretty pictures that do something.
- As a teaching tool, it can be used to help the hobbyist - like me - learn python by writing useful programs in block-mode, transferring over to Python mode to see what I did, and then look things up to add program flourishes to the code.
- As a (ahem!) “rapid development” environment, the block programming allows the developer to rapidly flesh-out the basics of the program and then fill-in the picky details in the editor.
It is obviously doable. The Make:Code interface is (supposedly) Open Source and has a GitHub repository. There is no reason why you cannot wander over there and steal, (oops! I meant “fork”! ), their code/ideas and add it to DexterO/S
What say ye?