The Ghost of Danny Goodman

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The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by richmond62 » Tue Oct 26, 2021 10:43 am

As I am currently in a physically bad shape, in the process of recovering from COVID-19 (in spite of being vaccinated),
I am taking the time, probably if I am completely honest, to read Danny Goodman's "Complete HyperCard 2.2" book,
which I possess as a physical book.

I am NOT reading it to learn HyperTalk, a horribly outdated subset of what the LiveCode language has to offer.

I am NOT reading it to learn about MacOS 7 as that had its day a long time ago.

I am reading it as a teach-yourself manual, and am impressed by:

1. The sheer clunkiness and needless verbosity of it.

2. The GOOD things that are there and are said quite well.

3. "the samples provided" . . . that are God-knows-where now . . . but, instead of being random samples
flung into the void, were obviously very closely intertwined with the text.

Here are older versions:

https://archive.org/details/The_Complet ... d_Handbook

https://archive.org/details/completehypercar03edgood

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https://archive.org/details/mac_Danny_G ... Guide_1988
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Other 'guff':

https://download.info.apple.com/Apple_S ... RCARDI.PDF

https://hypercard.org/HyperTalk%20Reference%202.4.pdf

http://www.apple2.pl/books/hypercard.pdf

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Re: The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by richmond62 » Tue Oct 26, 2021 12:18 pm

Danny's HC stacks are here:

http://www.dannyg.com/support.html

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Re: The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by stam » Wed Oct 27, 2021 5:44 pm

I remember reading the Apple-provided textbook on learning HC in the late 80s… that completely captivated me. No idea how it would stack up today. But suspect that from a learning perspective it would still be quite good….

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Re: The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by scott_morrow » Thu Oct 28, 2021 12:31 am

Richmond,
I'm sorry that you have been under the weather but happy to hear that you are on the mend. I hope that reading Mr. Goodman's text is helpful to your recovery. (I still have a copy, too. Will keep it in mind as possible therapy should the need arise.)
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Re: The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by richmond62 » Thu Oct 28, 2021 7:57 am

I'm not sure if Mr Goodman's book served as therapy,
but it did take my mind off things a bit.

Thanks for your wishes.
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Re: The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by chiropractor_sf » Tue Jan 25, 2022 8:47 am

Danny Goodman Says on twitter
“I don’t wanna slow dance with a ghost, I wanna make pottery.” -

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Re: The Ghost of Danny Goodman

Post by richmond62 » Tue Jan 25, 2022 9:31 am

Let him make pottery; he's more than welcome.

But LiveCode is not the ghost of Hypercard, it is a full reincarnation; and like most reincarnations
more powerful by a long way than what it reincarnates.

Comparing LC with HC is rather like comparing a Disney CGI film with the Keystone Cops.

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