Learning about server

John Craig john at splash21.com
Wed Jun 11 04:16:31 EDT 2014


That's a pretty cool reference site - nice!  B)

On 10/06/2014 20:02, Simon Smith wrote:
> Hi Richard
>
> I would be happy to contribute to LCJ and it will be interesting to see
> what you have setup.
>
> Writing a book would be a mammoth task - and I for one, would not be
> certain just how large a target market there would be, so they would truly
> be a labour of love :)
>
> But for now - this is something I have been dabbling with,
> http://activethought.net/livecode-server/ its far from complete and
> hopefully not to many errors and spelling mistakes. It is probably a bit on
> the simple side - but if it helps one person, then I would be happy.
>
> Kind Regards
> Simon
>
> On Tue, Jun 10, 2014 at 5:49 PM, Richard Gaskin <ambassador at fourthworld.com>
> wrote:
>
>> Dar wrote:
>>> My immediate need would not be a way to deliver web content, but just
>>> as a way to make a console application on Windows.  But, I can see
>>> the former in my future.
>> There are so many useful and interesting things to do with LiveCode
>> Server, and even standalones on servers, it's almost overwhelming.
>>
>> These days a majority of the work I do is making client-server apps where
>> LiveCode runs both sides.  I currently have only one site where LC is used
>> to generate output for the Web - everything else is either APIs for other
>> services, or the backend for LC-based clients used in workgroup settings.
>>
>> Given the wide range of ways LC is useful on servers, with all due respect
>> to the ambitions of those interested in writing a book on it, it would be a
>> big one.
>>
>> Last month I outlined my plans for the LiveCode Server Center, in the
>> works for LiveCode Journal now that I finally put a CMS in place there (and
>> of course the CMS is made with LiveCode, all the way down to the data
>> store):
>> <http://lists.runrev.com/pipermail/use-livecode/2014-May/201516.html>
>>
>> As I wrote then, I don't mean to discourage anyone from writing a book,
>> and indeed there is likely a good audience for it.
>>
>> But given the scope of what LC Server can do, and the many other aspects
>> that come into play with using it well (the critical role of performance in
>> the inherently-short CGI runtime lifecycle, how mod_rewrite works, SSH
>> keys, bash, rsync, custom servers like looping CLI daemons and simpler GUI
>> apps, REST API design, and more), it would be nice if there were also a
>> community-driven effort to provide as much material as we can in a format
>> that's as free and open as LiveCode itself.
>>
>> That said, books also play a useful role in evangelizing LiveCode as a
>> platform, esp. when they come from established publishers.   A good
>> publisher can do wonders for reinforcing a strong image of LiveCode and its
>> ever-expanding third-party ecosystem.  I have some contacts at publishers
>> and would be happy to provide introductions if useful.
>>
>> And the upside for book publishing is that with RunRev's newsletters
>> having displaced much of the energy that used to go into LiveCode Journal,
>> at this point LCJ is mostly a one-man show.  Being heavily booked with
>> client commitments, devoting time to fleshing out what can go there has
>> been challenging, and somewhat slow.
>>
>> Still, I felt obliged to note what's coming with the LiveCode Server
>> Center at LCJ (hopefully sooner than later), and to extend an invitation
>> for anyone interested in sharing free learning materials to consider
>> LiveCodeJournal.com as an available venue for community resources, not only
>> for LiveCode Server but anything else you feel would be of interest to the
>> community.
>>
>> We have all the infrastructure Dreamhost provides, and plenty of disk
>> space and bandwidth, all there for use by the LiveCode community.
>>
>> --
>>    Richard Gaskin
>>    LiveCode Community Manager
>>    richard at livecode.org
>>
>>
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