Community standards for a LEGO kit?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue May 6 09:26:50 EDT 2014
Charles E Buchwald wrote:
> There are DropTools, PowerTools, tmControl, MobGUI, and some others
> which I'm sure I'm forgetting, so I daresay it's an idea that's been
> attempted a few times.
> I like very much the idea of "a LEGO kit" for, let's say, casual or
> beginning programmers. I've known many designers who dabble in
> programming who would find such a thing very useful for prototyping
> UI/UX. The few times I've shown LIveCode to kids, the drag-and-drop
> stuff is a nice place to start.
> I think the users who are most likely to really get into that LEGO
> kit are likely to do so with the Community version. What's the
> possibility of a community effort towards defining a standard, or
> some kind of interoperability, for LEGO-like components?
Of course for any such community initiative to get started it would need
a name that doesn't include a well-established registered trademark like
But you raise an important point, one a few of us add-on devs have been
exploring with RIP, the Rev Interoperability Project:
Most of the stuff there at the moment is fluff, but the meat is in the
ECMI stands for Edinburgh Core Metadata Initiative, a take on Dublin
Core with a tip o' the hat to our friends at RunRev.
The goal with ECMI is to make LiveCode component interoperable and to
some degree even discoverable.
RIP and the ECMI spec have been put into more or less a holding pattern
at the moment, pending further discussion with Ben and the rest of the
IDE team at RunRev.
In my Community Management meetings with them they've noted strong
interest in exactly the sort of thing you're looking for, and as soon as
some of the other core engine tasks get completed they'll be able to
focus more on that.
In the meantime, the ECMI spec represents a good starting point for
discussion of such interoperability issues, and I would encourage anyone
in the community interested in exploring greater integration among tools
to feel free to sign into the forums there.
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