Obtaining URL to latest Stable LC Server

Richard Gaskin ambassador at fourthworld.com
Thu May 21 12:21:25 EDT 2020

JeeJeeStudio wrote:

 > Op 20-5-2020 om 21:18 schreef Richard Gaskin via use-livecode:
 >> It would be helpful to have a convenient way to obtain the URL to the
 >> latest stable version of LC Server, to automate deployments.
 >> I don't believe the company provides that, do they?
 >> Without a company-maintained URL, I suppose one could write a
 >> function that relies on a scraper for the downloads.liveocde.com
 >> page.  Has anyone here done that?
 > that's not the same version as the one you can download from
 > livecode.com when you log-in. Community vs commercial

True, but my focus on the Community Edition is based on two considerations:

1. The proprietary edition requires an account-specific licensing key
    which AFAIK precludes external automation.

2. The proprietary edition is very rarely needed.

Most modern server solutions are open source, and many use GPL 
specifically, including not only LiveCode but also MySQL, MariaDB, 
Neo4j, MediaWiki, NextCloud, Wordpress, Drupal, Joomla, Git, Ansible, 
and a good many more.

The GPL being a distribution license, proprietary edition of LiveCode 
Server would be needed only in those cases where the developer is 
distributing a server solution for other devs making server solutions, 
and where they want their own code to be under proprietary license. I 
can imagine such a specific use may case exist in our community, but I 
haven't yet come across it.

For services accessed over a network, the code remains on the server and 
is not distributed to the user. So open source, even GPL, is a very good 
fit for web sites, apps, and other network-delivered services.

  Richard Gaskin
  Fourth World Systems
  Software Design and Development for the Desktop, Mobile, and the Web
  Ambassador at FourthWorld.com                http://www.FourthWorld.com

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