manuel companys mcompanys at mac.com
Thu Dec 26 09:35:01 EST 2002

Le Wednesday, 25 Dec 2002, à 12:10 US/Central, Gernot Lorenz a écrit :

> Am Montag, 23.12.02 um 15:11 Uhr schrieb Andre Rombauts:
>> I’ve been learning Rev for several months but to really go ‘inside’ I 
>> would need an ‘in-depth-tutorial’. This is quite different from all 
>> othe programing environment I used in the past (Basic, Visual Basic, 
>> Pascal – I’m just a 50 y old teacher who started with computer in the 
>> 80’). How to organize stacks, to use externals and plugins (not 
>> really sure to understand the difference), etc. Revolution is so 
>> ‘huge’... Will we get a good tutorial book?...
>> André
> Dear Andrè,
> I'm nearly in the same situation like You (I used in the past (Basic, 
> Visual Basic, Pascal – I’m just a 50 y old teacher who started with 
> computer in the 80’) with the difference that I'am an experienced User 
> of Hypercardt - the anchestor of MetaCard and Revolution - which only 
> exists for MacOS. But now, with platform-independent MetaCard and/or 
> Revolution (which are nearly the ssame)  I have a tool which fits 
> better to our school's situation (we have a MacOS computer lab and a 
> Windows computer lab). My pupils are beginners in programming, about 
> 16 years old, and there is absolutely no book about MetaCard or 
> Revolution for them , even not an English one (I need one in German). 
> For Hypercard, , there were enough good books (also in German 
> language), but Hypercard is to much different.
> What to do ?
> During  the last  three months I began myself to make a suitable book 
> (or booklet) for learning programming (rather than 
> multimedia-authoring) with MetaCard and Revolution, which will be used 
> as a book for beginners or pupils.
> Like You I would like to have additionally an ‘in-depth-tutorial’ to 
> avoid many experiments, but there is nothing on the market.
> But nevertheless I am interested in what You are doing with Your 
> pupils ?
> What would You expect from school-book for beginners ?
> I would be glad to hear from You something about working with 
> Metacard/Revolution in school.
> Gernot

My case is more like Gernot's; except that I am much older and I used 
HyperCard not to teach how to program but to teach languages and 
linguistics., I have written a lot of HC "didacticiels" as we say in 
french: general phonetics; japaneese tons; german verbs; tamil scripts; 
russian text comprehension; spanish; french; quizz in general 
linguistics; language performance level ... and so on. This also means 
that I came accross special character and keyboard problems: fonts; 
accents, KCHR resources; etc.

Now I am retired and struggling for trying to port some of theese 
HyperCard Stacks to R-R, I guess I am likely to get more benefits from 
your help than the other way around. But maybe some of the tricks I 
found out could be useful to you as well.
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