Revenue and the Open Source edition

William Prothero prothero at
Mon May 2 21:52:01 CEST 2016

Just thinking out loud.

This has probably been thought about, but as the HTML5 export gets refined, I wonder about the feasibility of creating an actual Livecode programming environment that runs through a browser. The reason I think of this is that young folks seem to increasingly use tablets and phones. Since Apple won’t let programming environments reside on iOS, the web is perhaps the only other option for these devices. Perhaps this could introduce the younger generation to a “ready to try” experience with livecode. Perhaps users could even store their “apps” online and develop web accessible apps for themselves or whatever. A small monthly subscription fee could help pay the bills and there hopefully would be those who would download the standalone environment.

After a student graduates to desktop, perhaps there could be a “kit” that interfaces LC to an Arduino board. I guess this would have to be an assembler for Arduino machine code (argh). Anyway, just thinking of a path that will direct the younger generation to the wonders of LiveCode.

It’s probably an idea for another kickstarter. Or not.

> On May 2, 2016, at 12:34 PM, RM <richmondmathewson at> wrote:
> I don't know about "clever Richmond", but what I do know about is lots of clever Primary and Secondary school kids (pace Grade/Middle/High)
> who come along, listen to my "wibble", watch me move chess pieces around the table, move beans around a mancala board, and then sit right down
> and dig into Livecode without a backward look.
> I give them an I+1 task, and they start work on paper, then move to the machines, cross-fertilise with each other, and I generally sit behind them
> looking at what they are doing on screen and throw them the odd "bone" from time to time, or they ask me intelligent questions which I do my
> best to answer.
> There does NOT need to be all that "dumbing down" crap because school kids today are, on the whole, no more stupid than we were when we were that
> age, and Livecode on a Linux PC beats either bashing FORTRAN holes in cards or a Research machine jacked into a black-&-white telly any day of the week.
> There does NOT need to be " a special pricing scheme" for schools because we already have the best possible pricing scheme imaginable: FREE.
> Possibly, just possibly, if kids are "fed" LIvecode at school, those that become programmers will be prepared tpo pay for a commercial version; so,
> while Livecode does not need a special price, it should be pushing Livecode in schools worldwide a million times more than it is at the moment.
> Who, apart from a few schools in Scotland and the USA has heard of Livecode?
> As has been pointed out; the Livecode team are working very hard indeed to produce a fantastic product, but regardless of it fantasticness
> if it isn't adopted their efforts will be for not very much; so, it's like pushing drugs . . . "Psst, heard about the latest cool computer thing?"
> Richmond.
> On 2.05.2016 22:20, Peter M. Brigham wrote:

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