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Language documentation

Post by Brother Bill » Tue Jul 14, 2020 4:27 pm

What is link to language documentation, that explains the LiveCode language in detail?
This would include variable types, control structures, data structures, custom control types etc.

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Re: Language documentation

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Re: Language documentation

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Re: Language documentation

Post by jacque » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:35 pm

Cheat sheets for those coming from other languages:
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Re: Language documentation

Post by FourthWorld » Wed Jul 15, 2020 6:49 pm

Not sure why this hasn't been suggested earlier, but have you read the User Guide included in the install?

It's quite comprehensive, and unlike other resources is designed specifically for the task of providing introduction to the language and its object model for the absolute beginner.

In LiveCode, you'll find the User Guide near the top of the Help menu.
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Re: Language documentation

Post by bogs » Wed Jul 15, 2020 7:22 pm

And are you curious what the guide recommends?
The Guide wrote: Where to Begin
We recommend you start by taking a look at our online resources. There is a wide variety of introductory
material there, including step-by-step examples and guides for performing common tasks.
And what do you see when you click on that?
...a guide to the guides....
I can tell you this much, the guides section online could really do with some clean up and organization. The examples section is in fair shape, though some of the examples are confusing the people who look at them, as evidenced by the comments left behind.

I have to admit, though, that the guide has certainly gotten better than it was, I just don't think it is as good as it was way back when. Of the formats I've seen, I would rank them in this order for self learning:
Rev 1 to 2 - ability to look up (almost) any term and get an answer, or at least a description, without having to go anywhere else
Mc - not really a fair throw in, completely different style of help
Lc 9'ish - guide improvements, but still not as complete as RR 1 / 2
Rev / Lc 3 - 7'ish - I know, your surprised, right?

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