Script Editor future (was Open Source Kickstarter Report Card)

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Thu Aug 27 15:16:34 EDT 2015

On 08/27/2015 09:02 PM, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Kay C Lan wrote:
> > On Thu, Aug 27, 2015 at 9:03 AM, RunRevPlanet wrote:
> >
> >> None of my comments are from the perspective that enabling LiveCode
> >> to use an external editor is a bad thing.
> >
> > So we agree then. As Richard said, choice is a good thing.
> >
> >> More that for a cross platform IDE, written in it's supported
> >> language, to have an inadequate text editor is a very bad look
> >
> > Again, we agree.
> >
> >> and turns programmers away.
> >
> > Only if they don't have a choice to use something better.
> Choice is useful only so long as it's a choice, rather than a 
> requirement.
> It would hardly be an INTEGRATED development environment if it didn't 
> have a script editor.
> Moreover, a script editor is a very good example of the sort of thing 
> LiveCode can do very well.
> And best of all, AFAIK no one in the company is thinking about 
> shipping LC without a script editor.
> Given all this, making the current script editor robust and performant 
> would logically seem among the highest priorities, since a good SE 
> makes the product a joy to use and a poor SE makes LC look bad.  In 
> short, the choice is to either make more money or less, to the degree 
> that the SE is solid and enjoyable.  After all, it's the one part of 
> the IDE everyone uses most often.
> Along the way, reinstating an updated version of MetaCard's support 
> for external editors would be useful AS AN OPTION, and probably 
> something the community could deliver.
> To make the latter work well we'll want formatting and colorization 
> plugins for as many third party editors as we can make them for - 
> again, best done by the community since each of us has our own 
> favorite so each of us may be motivated to write a LiveCode add-on for 
> it.
> This page at Ken Ray's site discusses how external editors can be used 
> in LC, with links to various LC-specific modules (though some of these 
> may need to be updated):
> <>

Well: I've just downloaded the stsMLXEditor and placed it in the 
/livecodecommunity-7.0.6 (x86_64)/Plugins/ folder and it does
not show up in /Development/Plugins in the 7.0.6 menu . . .


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