One of our members, Dave Kilroy recently brought a cross platform development tool LiveCode to my attention. The Edinburgh based company behind LiveCode has just raised around £500k via KickStarter which will be used to clean up and re-factor their code base and take the project Open-Source.
LiveCode provides a cross platform tool then enables anyone to create apps quickly and easily and it seems to me that it will be of interest to many HANDI members.
"Some of your readers/members may remember a thing called HyperCard from long ago - it was an easy-to-learn scripting environment where users could make pretty sophisticated (for the time) software. There were various 'flavours' of the technology but the best known version shipped with Apple computers - until Steve Jobs ditched it…
" However it didn't die out and after a series of adventures was taken on and re-invented by a Scottish Company called Runtime Revolution . The language is now called LiveCode - and it's pretty good!
"In it you can develop software on a Linux, Windows or OSX machine and deploy to Windows, Linux and OSX desktops, there is a server version running on Apache, and you can use it to create apps for Android and iOS devices. It is not a 'pretend' language and with it you can make 'proper' software.
" You can find out lots more at RunRev's website but here are a few extra links:
- Tidbits article on HyperCard, LiveCode and the KickStarter project http://tidbits.com/article/13582
- What people have made with LiveCode http://livecode1001.blogspot.co.uk
"The company is in the process of making LiveCode open source, and as part of this they want to do a big clean up and re factoring of their huge and ancient code base - to fund this they put out a KickStarter project which has recently exceed its, target £350 k"