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Beginning TiVo Programming by John Brosnan

By John Brosnan

With TiVo domestic Media Engine SDK you could construct new and fascinating purposes for broadband-connected sequence 2 units. during this ebook you'll find quite a few real-world examples that will help you set up your personal functions to TiVo fast and simply. The authors describe software program improvement for the TiVo platform, protecting the elemental construction blocks of program layout. you will discover the right way to create complicated functions utilizing TiVo's part library and the way to package deal your ultimate product for others to combine into their TiVo event.

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JDIC JDIC stands for Java Desktop Integration Components. The JDIC library makes integration with desktop systems, particularly on Windows, more complete, allowing access to additional Windows integration not possible using Java alone. The features of the library include the ability to put icons in the System Tray, access System Information, launch Browser windows, and other features that you can use to make your application have the look and feel of a native program.

Independent software developers have written applications, such as AudioFaucet (shown in Figure 1-6 and written by the authors of this book), to play audio from your music library. Open source applications such as Galleon (Figure 1-7, the rebirth of JavaHMO as an HME application) do everything the original JavaHMO did, but offer a more elegant user interface. tv, is a web site that hosts many HME applications that can run over the Internet. tv-hosted applications run over the Internet and range in functionality from a browser for Flickr photo galleries to fun family games written by independent developers using the HME software development kit.

Home Media Engine Home Media Engine (HME) is truly designed to allow full-fledged applications to display on the TiVo box. Though Home Media Option gave birth to networking and access to music and photos on a desktop machine, the interface on the TiVo box remained constrained, and all events (such as pressing a button on the remote) were handled by software on the TiVo box. The basic model in Home Media Option, to make a directory structure of information available via HTTP for access from the TiVo, is extended in HME to create a full event processing system so HME applications can process remote control key presses, display custom interfaces, control sound effects and audio streams, and launch complex animations and screen transitions.

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