I like getting messages via Groove! But… for some reason answering either doesn’t work or is extremely slow today. If you send me a message and I don’t reply for a long time, please try again and add a mail address. Mine is .
I just made my first Groove tool. It’s empty and does nothing, of course: Hello Groovy World!
Here is the tutorial.
However, it’s much easier to get working files by cutting-and-pasting from this message in the Groove Tools developer Forum. Ironically, the guy who sent them can’t get it to work – but the files are fine.
You get all four necessary files that way – but do make sure you can build the GRV-file yourself, using the Perl-script. Otherwise you won’t be able to change this tool into something more ambitious later.
When you edit the other files, it really helps to have a good XML-editor. Anything that shows the outline and keeps the files well-formed will do.
For instance, Radio Userland or XMLSpy are fine – but Notepad is a certain way to waste time.
Unfortunately, the DBNav tool that’s necessary to take the next step can’t be installed unless you already have MS Visual Studio installed. This thread in the developer Forum describes the problem. The Groove people are very active and helpful, they say they hope to fix this by tomorrow.
Which is fine by me – I’ll get some sleep now
Last week Stan Krute and me did some experiments with Radio Userland and Groove. The next step might be a custom tool that uses Radio Userland’s outlining functionality.
But that’s a little harder than Hello World