Players in HTML5 - ETA for Full Functionality?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu Feb 25 16:11:12 EST 2016
Sannyasin Brahmanathaswami wrote:
> We *can* fulfill our media delivery "vision" on LC/Mobile and we
> can build a web UI using Rev igniter... so I'll be content to develop
> in that space for now.
A web UI is just text - HTML and CSS. LiveCode is uncommonly good for
processing text. Whether using RevIgniter or any other framework or
just task-specific code, what gets delivered to the browser is text of a
sort LiveCode is very good at helping to produce.
> This is more than you need to know, but part of the "back story"
> and "urgency" here was a hope to keep LiveCode at the forefront of
> our in house toolbox. Another new young person -- who already went
> thru the Livecode University has switched to learning Python and will
> soon be developing HTML5 on that platform, because it needs to run
> in a browser/WordPress iFrame.
Python doesn't run in a browser any more than LiveCode does. An iFrame
isn't at all Python-specific, it's an HTML tag (though for compatibility
with iOS browsers he may want to use scrolling DIVs with XMLHttpRequest
instead; last time I had frame-dependent content iPads didn't render it
well so per Apple's tech notes I revised it with DIVs loaded via XHR).
Web UIs are just text - HTML and CSS. Both Python and LiveCode are good
for processing text, but there's an argument that it's a little easier
and perhaps even faster in LiveCode. Whether using Python or LiveCode
or anything else, what gets delivered to the browser is text.
Python's a fine language. But so is LiveCode. Both have similar use
cases, though given the early state of Python deployment packages for
mobile I think it's safe to suggest LC is more mature for native mobile
apps. And given the integration of GUI elements as native objects in
LC compared to the traditional approach Python takes in which GUIs are
an afterthought, I'd say LC has at least a modest edge there too.
But for delivering web UIs, both do well at text processing and that's
really all that task is as far as the work done on the server. And
although I'd love to see more head-to-head benchmarks, what little I've
seen suggests LC may be slightly more efficient in some areas than
Python (chunk expressions are truly wonderful).
The one area where Python has an unquestionable advantage is the size
and engagement of its audience. Sooooooo many libraries available for it.
We'll get there too, but in the meantime all work in either language
means a lot of unique code, and LC is every bit as solid a choice as Python.
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