Old MC user converting to LiveCode?

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Eva.Isotalo
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Old MC user converting to LiveCode?

Post by Eva.Isotalo » Sat Jun 13, 2015 5:42 pm

I love working with my old MetaCard but times are changing and I ought to move on to LIveCode.
How big difference is there between MetaCard and LiveCode? Any "old timers" still around that can give advice in this regard? :)

I have a quite complex program made with MC which I use almost every day and wonder if it is possible to "port" MC stacks to LC?

Any advice much appreciated.

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Re: Old MC user converting to LiveCode?

Post by FourthWorld » Sat Jun 13, 2015 6:34 pm

Good to see you here, Eva. Been a long time. I hope and you've been well.

The good news is that MC and LC both use the same engine, so all language capabilities are identical.

The bad news is the difference between how they build standalones: in MC we were encouraged to include "Stack Resources" (Answer Dialog, Ask Dialog, etc.) into our stackfile before building, but in LC this is done automatically for us in the Standalone Builder.

If you've included those MC resources in your stack you'll want to remove them first, since opening the stack in LC will throw an alert letting you know of stack name conflicts (it has its own Ask Dialog, Answer Dialog, etc., and any two stacks with the same name may cause confusion).

If you haven't included those stacks you should be just fine - open it in LC and see.

If LC complains about stack name conflict, the simplest way to move stuff from MC to LC is to first open the stack in MC and remove those resource stacks first, save it, quit, then open the stack in LC.

Please let me know how it goes.
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Eva.Isotalo
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Re: Old MC user converting to LiveCode?

Post by Eva.Isotalo » Sat Jun 13, 2015 7:33 pm

Hi Richard!

Good to see you too. :)
All good here besides time passing too quickly.

Thanks a million for the good advice will do some testing and see what happens.

Hugs

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Re: Old MC user converting to LiveCode?

Post by Eva.Isotalo » Wed Jun 24, 2015 9:57 am

Update.
It works great! :)

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Re: Old MC user converting to LiveCode?

Post by FourthWorld » Wed Jun 24, 2015 2:39 pm

Very glad to hear it, Eva. Now that you're up and running with LiveCode I hope we get to see you here more often.

Feel free to jump in with any questions you may have, and you'll likely have many since the engine has grown to include many very useful features since the MetaCard days.
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