LiveCode Community - anyone up for maintaining the community edition?

David Bovill david.bovill at
Wed Sep 1 07:54:29 EDT 2021

Here are my thoughts on this - and a request.

Yes - it’s not a surprising move by Livecode Ltd - they were clearly struggling supporting the community aspect and taking the language to the next level and they need more revenue to do that.

The question is (for my part at least) - what to do about this. Personally I have never seen a future for a closed source language, and the projects I work on will not fund. Projects developed in closed source - especially by a small company. So I have a choice, switch language, or look to continue with developing with the community edition and help build an open source community around that. The former (switching languages) is relatively easy, the latter a lot of work.

I’m happy to have a company like Livecode Ltd create closed source products  that I can use, so how to have both an open source language, and the ability to work with closed source products developed by Livecode Ltd? As I see it the only option is for those interested in the community to take control and responsibility for the core language.

There are a number of options with regard to future language development, that would put the language on an even par with other open source languages, and there are also new ways to finance such initiatives. It would be valuable to get together as a community and discuss those.

How about having a community conference to look at what is possible? We can do this online and showcase new and existing open source projects and discuss the opportunities this new environment presents?

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On 1 Sep 2021, 12:18 +0100, David V Glasgow via use-livecode <use-livecode at>, wrote:
> > On 1 Sep 2021, at 11:26 am, Bernard Devlin via use-livecode <use-livecode at> wrote:
> >
> > There you had a group of programmers who supposedly loved what
> > HyperCard could do, but they only loved that concept as a historical
> > artefact, not as a tool available to people now.
> Abso-frogging-lutely.
> The really interesting questions are “why?" and “Is there anything we could do about it?”
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