Scratch Blocks.Scratch VM is a library for representing, running, and maintaining the state of computer programs written using
This requires you to have Git and Node.js installed.
To install as a dependency for your own application:
npm install scratch-vm
To set up a development environment to edit scratch-vm yourself:
git clone https://github.com/LLK/scratch-vm.gitcd scratch-vmnpm install
This requires Node.js to be installed.
For convenience, we've included a development server with the VM. This is sometimes useful when running in an environment that's loading remote resources (e.g., SVGs from the Scratch server). If you would like to use your modified VM with the full Scratch 3.0 GUI, follow the instructions to link the VM to the GUI.
Running the Development Server
Open a Command Prompt or Terminal in the repository and run:
To view the Playground, make sure the dev server's running and go to http://localhost:8073/playground/ - you will be directed to the playground, which demonstrates various tools and internal state.
npm run build
How to include in a Node.js App
For an extended setup example, check out the /src/playground directory, which includes a fully running VM instance.
var VirtualMachine = ;var vm = ;// Block eventsScratchworkspace;// Run threadsvmstart;
Abstract Syntax Tree
The Virtual Machine constructs and maintains the state of an Abstract Syntax Tree (AST) by listening to events emitted by the scratch-blocks workspace via the
blockListener. Each target (code-running object, for example, a sprite) keeps an AST for its blocks. At any time, the current state of an AST can be viewed by inspecting the
Anatomy of a Block
The VM's block representation contains all the important information for execution and storage. Here's an example representing the "when key pressed" script on a workspace:
npm run coverage
Publishing to GitHub Pages
npm run deploy
This will push the currently built playground to the gh-pages branch of the currently tracked remote. If you would like to change where to push to, add a repo url argument:
npm run deploy -- -r <your repo url>
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