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Bricklayer

Bricklayer is an installer package file which provides a an IDE for editing and executing Bricklayer programs. The only other software that needs to be installed is an artifact viewer such as LEGO Digital Designer (LDD) or LDraw.

Bricklayer programs should be saved in files having a “dot-bl” extension (e.g., myProgram.bl). A Bricklayer program can be run by opening it using the Bricklayer IDE (aka Bricklayer) and then clicking on the run button.


Validating that an Install is Working

To validate that your installation is successful, download the following zipped Bricklayer program to any folder you like: Test Program. Navigate to that location and unzip the file. The result is a file named minecraft_birch_scene.bl.

To run Bricklayer you must do the following:

  1. Using the left mouse button, drag the target file (e.g., minecraft_birch_scene.bl) on top of the Bricklayer IDE icon. Alternately, if the Bricklayer IDE is open then drag the target file onto the text editor pane.
  2. Using the left mouse button, click on the run icon at the bottom of the Bricklayer IDE.

NOTE: To execute properly, Bricklayer programs must have a “bl” extension (e.g., myProgram.bl).


Integrating Bricklayer with Minecraft

For instructions on what additional software needs to be downloaded and installed in order to integrate Bricklayer with Minecraft go here.


Older version of download

Bricklayer is built on top of SMLNJ and LEGO Digital Designer (LDD). To run Bricklayer you must have SMLNJ and LDD installed on your system. Both of these systems are freely available and you can go to their websites directly and download the latest version of these systems. However, for convenience, downloads (albeit perhaps not the latest versions) for SMLJN and LDD are also provided here.

STEP 1: To run Bricklayer you will need to install the following software:

  1. Notepad++ – a very nice (free) text editor for developing Bricklayer programs.
  2. Download SMLNJ
  3. Bricklayer 2.1.0 – IMPORTANT: Bricklayer must be installed on the C-drive. By default, the installer will try to install Bricklayer on your C-drive, so if you proceed normally with the install (e.g., always click “next”) all will be well. If for some reason things do not work after the install, you must properly uninstall Bricklayer (you cannot simply delete the Bricklayer folder and re-install) before attempting another install. To properly uninstall Bricklayer, go to Start->Control Panel->Uninstall a program.
  4. Download one or both of the following viewers.
    • Download LEGO Digital DesignerIMPORTANT: The first time LDD is launched, it may take a while (several minutes) for the artifact to be displayed.
    • Download LDraw – To view a LEGO artifact in LDView use the Bricklayer functions: showLDR2D and showLDR.

STEP 2: Confirming that the installation is working.

  1. Restart your computer.
  2. Download the following zipped Bricklayer program to any folder you like: Test Program. Navigate to that location and unzip the file. The result is a file named minecraft_birch_scene.bl. Using the left mouse button, double-click on the file. If all goes well, LDD should display a Minecraft-like scene.
    NOTE: To execute properly, Bricklayer programs must have a “bl” extension (e.g., myProgram.bl).