Script Only Stack Architecture

Richard Gaskin ambassador at
Fri Apr 1 00:56:24 EDT 2016

Matt Maier wrote:

> You keep citing the theoretically limitless number of contingencies
> that, if addressed, could bloat the dictionary beyond readability.
> There's a simple solution to that problem: don't go looking for
> theoretical problems.
> Instead, just correct, massage, or add to the dictionary entry when
> someone has a problem relevant to that entry.

I like "just".  It makes everything sound so easy, which I suppose it is 
when it's about things for other people to do.

I'm a volunteer, like most here.  In addition to helping others learn 
LiveCode I also have other obligations.

So while I might enjoy writing the documentation enhancements proposed 
here, as a practical matter I must admit my limitations and continue to 
encourage others here to write whatever they feel is important to include.

As I've noted here before, this blog post offers some helpful guidance 
for community members to get started contributing to the documentation 
to make it more of they want:

> That's a big part of helping people learn on their own. Putting the
> information they need right where they need it, rather than putting it
> somewhere and challenging them to go find it.

Please.  No one is attempting to make things unnecessarily difficult to 

I agree that it's important to put information *right where they need 
it*.  That implies the information have a discernible taxonomy.

I see no harm, and indeed much value, in having different kinds of 
documentation for different purposes.

In this thread there are maybe half a dozen language tokens at play. 
The central issue doesn't appear to be specific to any one of them, but 
deals more with the relationships between them.

Given this, a single Dictionary entry seems a challenging place for such 
a discussion; replicating the discussion in all relevant entries more so.

A tutorial seems a better fit.  So I wrote one.  And given more time 
later on I'll work with the team to integrate it into the docs.  But at 
least at the moment the OP has what he was looking for, and along the 
way Bill and I planned a lunch. :)

For the long term, I see the biggest opportunity in maintaining the 
different types of documentation we have, but making them more modular 
and interlinked.  So rather than replicate a tutorial within each 
related token entry, the entries could just include a link to it.  This 
provides ready access to in-depth discussion for those who want it, 
while leaving the Dictionary content efficiently focused for everyone 
else who may not have the same question.

But that's just my own opinion.

If you feel this is better suited in the Dictionary specifically, let's 
move beyond the theoretical and get down to business:  what is it that 
should be written, and where?

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for Desktop, Mobile, and Web
  Ambassador at

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