"Introducing New LiveCode Licenses"
richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Tue Oct 29 02:27:46 EDT 2013
On 29/10/13 02:12, Mark Schonewille wrote:
> Although people usually learn to code first and then decide to make a
> commercial app, I see plenty of very experienced coders make the
> transition to LiveCode. It is people like those who kept asking me for
> a book to help them get a grasp of LC quickly.
> Regarding the bias: I know what I'm doing, but I have no interest in
> explaining it all.
If you have no interest in explaining this I don't honestly understand
why you got "all prickly" about the book in the first place and made
some statements that seem to need some sort of justification.
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> Mark Schonewille
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> On 10/29/2013 01:01, Mark Wilcox wrote:
>>>> I don't see why a book for beginners wouldn't be for commercial
>>>> programmers. A commercial programmer needs to start somewhere too.
>> This is true - but a commercial programmer doesn't usually start
>> their programming career thinking "I'm going to create an app to
>> sell". Typically people learn to code first, then figure out how to
>> earn money doing it. Developers who learned to code so they could
>> create a commercial app are very much the exception, not the rule.
>> You don't usually go through the "real beginner" stage with
>> commercial intent - I assume this includes learning about things like
>> conditionals and loops. So all I'm saying is that a programmer new to
>> LiveCode but not new to programming is likely to be put off by "for
>> the Real Beginner" because it implies re-hashing a bunch of stuff
>> they already know to learn the syntax and get to the interesting and
>> unique features of the language rather than just jumping right to
>> those things.
>> I mentioned the VisionMobile figures because yours weren't that far
>> off, although I also agree with Monte that your survey design and
>> promotion are very likely to suffer from "sampling bias" (to use the
>> technical term). Even the VisionMobile survey inevitably suffers from
>> some sampling bias but the questions are carefully designed and the
>> sources of responses monitored so that it can be corrected for in
>> various ways. It's extremely difficult to get reliable stats from
>> non-mandatory surveys.
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