[OT] dialect divergence?

Joe Lewis Wilkins pepetoo at cox.net
Mon Jun 13 16:06:47 CDT 2011


Personally, and all of you will think I'm crazy, I treat every app I create as if I were coding it in HC with a few added features such as color and large screens. Occasionally I run into a problem; but that is quite rare. That's the KISS approach to LC. (smile) Do I waste a lot of time? Perhaps, but I rarely have to look up anything in the Dictionary. Obviously, I've yet to use any Custom Properties. I still don't understand them. (frown) Actually, I've intentionally avoided them. They seem unnatural to me. It's that senior thing!

Joe Lewis Wilkins
Architect and Director of Product Development










On Jun 13, 2011, at 1:34 PM, stephen barncard wrote:

> Most "logic" and mathematical code should work if it uses HC-SC
> 'primitives', UI related stuff, yes, difficult to translate.  But
> Rev/Livecode has so many little binary 'goodies' it would be
> counterproductive to do an automatic translation. A human has to be involved
> if you really want this thing to work (and more importantly that YOU know
> how it works!).
> 
> Rather than 'translate', I'd just rather start over redesign with all the LC
> goodies.
> 
> In one major project I did a few years ago there was a single recursive
> routine written in HC by the client (and original author) that I just
> modified the data source from cards to a MYSQL database. It was the only
> piece of previous code that I used from his very complex stack. Everything
> else had to be re-written. But it was the 'hook' of the program, it's most
> distinguishing feature and cool enough to use almost verbatim.
> 
> But at the time, Rev had no multidimensional arrays, no datagrids, and a
> host of other features that was just a few years ago we were on our own to
> create these things.  I had to create mine.  The month I finished the
> project, the Rev Datagrid was announced.  Boy, that would have saved me a
> bit of time. So would have Trevor's SQL Yoga. But the project had ended.
> 
> On 13 June 2011 13:01, Richmond Mathewson <richmondmathewson at gmail.com>wrote:
> 
>> While Supercard and Livecode share a common heritage, is it wise to assume
>> that
>> their dialects of HyperTalk have diverged to the point where it is
>> extremely difficult to
>> modify the code in one to work adequately in the other?
>> 
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