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The Work of an Awesome Coder

Did you join the LiveCode Hour of Code? I did. Ok sure I was still on company time, so I was getting paid for it, but let me tell you - I am impressed with how awesome a coder I am. Awesome coder - too much? I built the messages app and the user interface for the calculator app in 1 hour, that sounds to me like the work of an awesome coder. Here'...

Using git bisect to find a buggy commit

During the last month I have been switching between translating the IDE to Greek, and refining LC 6.7 and 7.0 releases, in terms of fixing bugs. Some bugs are quite easy to fix. Some others though, can be quite tricky. The first thing to do is locate where the bug comes from, and the next step is to actually fix it. In some cases, tracking down the...

A LiveCode Shell

For some time, I have been wishing that I could have some kind of command-line oriented functionality to LiveCode, beyond writing scripts with LiveCode Server. What if I could pipe things directly to it, or run it as an interactive shell? Being able to very quickly make use of the text handling in LiveCode would be extremely handy for certain comma...

Have Your Eureka Moment with LiveCode

Editors note: Kevin sent a personal letter to the community today, and after reading it I asked permission to reprint it here. He agreed :) As the CEO and custodian of LiveCode I believe passionately in a world where everyone can create apps. We’ve worked hard on finding ways to empower more of you to be able to build the app of your dreams. We...

From Fibonacci to Dr Seuss

If you were a Kool-Aid kid then chance has it you are familiar with Dr Seuss and the bizarre, illogical language he uses in his books. What a wonderful mind that can think outside of the box in such a beautifully unconventional, educational and humorous fashion. How could one possibly dream up sentences like: “One fish two fish red fish blue fi...

Breaking Into the App Business

What do you think about getting into the app business? Here are things we’ve heard again and again. Are any of these you? “Why is it so difficult to build apps?" “I’ve tried to learn in the past but never been able to build the app I wanted?" “Can I really do it?" “Its such a crowded space. How can I stand out?" LiveCode has e...

LiveCode Magic

Disneyland:  Magic.  Wonder.  Splendor.  Mickey Mouse. Working at LiveCode is what I imagine it would be like to work at Disneyland. But really. Walt Disney created a world that was ever-evolving and packed with innovation.  Everything was possible and it was always a treat to visit the park and see what the Imagineers had thought of next. ...

How I Almost Wasn’t a Coder

When I was first introduced to coding, I was so put off that I wanted to give up right away and never touch it again. It’s a good thing I gave it a second chance. Learning new things can be daunting, and coding is no different. It all comes down to how it’s taught. The Computer Wouldn’t Listen to Me In my first year of A-Levels, I took a c...

Markingdown The User Guide

Since LiveCode went open source we've been able to accept community contributions to LiveCode itself, but one area we haven't had available properly is documentation. Documentation is one place where we know that community contributions would be really valuable, and where people who don't want to get into the workings of the engine can still share...

Racing to a Temporary Fix

Recently, I’ve been spending most of my time working on a Secret Project* for LiveCode 8.0.  But the remainder has been spent on my other areas of interest: Linux, server-side LiveCode, and security. Today, we’re going to touch on all of those topics. Temporary files You will often find yourself using temporary files. For example, sometimes ...