Obtaining URL to latest Stable LC Server

Ralph DiMola rdimola at evergreeninfo.net
Thu May 21 13:19:50 EDT 2020

I use the commercial server so I can use password encrypted stacks.
I have an app that the customer required encryption of all data and source
code. The library stack is in the iOS app/APK is also used on the backend
server. I don't want to have to strip the passcode from the stack when
release updates to the app/LC server. Besides the customer asked that all
source code be encrypted in the app or on the sever so I complied.

Edge case... probably... But LC stack encryption made the customer happy so
that made me happy.

Ralph DiMola
IT Director
Evergreen Information Services
rdimola at evergreeninfo.net

-----Original Message-----
From: use-livecode [mailto:use-livecode-bounces at lists.runrev.com] On Behalf
Of Richard Gaskin via use-livecode
Sent: Thursday, May 21, 2020 12:21 PM
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Subject: Re: Obtaining URL to latest Stable LC Server

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

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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