Programming allowed?

The rules say “Robots are “Operator Controlled” the entire match; there is no Autonomous Robot Operation”, and no programming software is listed in the allowed items, does this mean that a robot may have NO autonomy whatsoever?

The list of allowed items refers to robot construction items. Thus the absence of programming software on the list does not prohibit its use. Teams may program their robots and use autonomy during a match. The “no Autonomous Robot Operation” rule refers to the fact there is no specific autonomous only period that exists in other VEX competitions.