ROS Param YAML Format

In this tutorial I’ll show you how to handle ROS params with a YAML file. ROS parameters are a great way to modify settings in your program without having to re-compile anything. But when you start to have many ROS params – sometimes more than a few hundreds – things  start to become quite complicated. … Read more

OOP with ROS in Cpp

In a previous tutorial I’ve shown you how to write OOP code with ROS in Python. Now, time to use OOP with ROS in Cpp! I’ll use here the same application to write an example, so you can easily compare all 4 codes: Python/Cpp with/without OOP. If you haven’t read the Python tutorial: the application … Read more

OOP with ROS in Python

You are starting to develop with ROS and come from a programming background. Maybe you’re already using OOP in many of your programs, and you wonder how you can use OOP with ROS in Python. In this post I’ll show you a complete Python example, without OOP, and then with OOP. The code will contain … Read more

What is ROS?

You want to develop robotics applications, and have discovered ROS. But you’re confused… What is ROS? ROS means Robot Operating System. It’s quite hard to understand what is ROS from the beginning. Is it an operating system? A framework? What should you do with it? When I first started a few years ago, it took … Read more

How To Use a ROS Anonymous Node

First, to understand when you should use a ROS anonymous node, let’s start with the problem. So, you’ve just created a node for your infra-red sensor, it works well, and you’re happy with it. But now, your robot has 12 infra-red sensors. Knowing that a node should have a unique name, and that you can’t … Read more

What is a ROS Launch File?

What is a ROS launch file? As we did for ROS parameters, let’s first start with the problem. This post is a part of the What is ROS? series. Your robotics application is growing Let’s say you now have an application with 6 nodes and 10 parameters. When you want to start your application, you … Read more

What is a ROS Parameter?

What is a ROS parameter ? Before diving into the explanation, let’s see the problem we have here. This post is a part of the What is ROS? series. Update: ROS2 is now up and ready! Get a complete explanation for ROS2 parameters with this free mini-course. Why do you need ROS parameters ? So, … Read more

What is a ROS Message?

You may already have heard about ROS topics and services using ROS messages. So… What is a ROS message ? This post is a part of the What is ROS? series. ROS messages in topics and services If you haven’t read the explanations on ROS topics and ROS services yet, please read them now and … Read more

What is a ROS Service?

After learning a little bit about ROS, you now have this question in mind: what is a ROS service ? As I did for ROS topics, let’s start with a real life analogy. I will use an analogy with a weather service online. The analogy may not be 100% accurate but the point is to … Read more

What is a ROS Topic?

You are starting with ROS and are wondering: what is a ROS topic ? To explain what is a ROS topic, I will use here a different approach from what you can already find on the Internet. Instead of giving you a bunch of code to write and run, I will use a real life … Read more