What is "Open Language"?

Mark Waddingham mark at livecode.com
Mon Oct 26 05:10:39 EDT 2015

On 2015-10-24 18:53, Richard Gaskin wrote:
> Two questions:
> 1. Do we have a projected timeline for that?

LiveCode 9.

> 2. Isn't the goal so that we can have 10,000 different, often
> incompatible and sometimes confusing, custom syntax options for doing
> basic things like setting the rect of a button?  :)  (This is why I
> get food thrown at me while speaking at LiveCode conferences)

That seems like quite an odd 'goal' to have... I've always thought it 
best to set 'goals' which are positive and beneficial things. I have to 
say I don't think I would have wasted any of my mental energy in working 
on something with a 'goal' such as that in mind but then, that might 
just be me.

It will be a possible side-effect - however, I suspect it would be an 
exceptionally unlikely outcome. One can spend a great deal of time 
worrying about such things and in doing so you bite your nose off to 
spite your face.

As a comparison - we are, these days, used to moving ourselves around in 
small metal boxes with explosions in front of our feet (i.e. cars). 
Statistics tend to rate this form as transport as the least safe, 
however I don't think the goal of the people who developed automotive 
transport was to kill 100,000s of people a year... At least not in my 


Mark Waddingham ~ mark at livecode.com ~ http://www.livecode.com/
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