What with all it's features and platforms I sometimes forget

Thomas McGrath III mcgrath3 at mac.com
Thu Dec 23 15:56:27 EST 2010

What with all of Live Codes features and platforms I sometimes forget just how powerful it is.

I am working on a project that has previously cost two people their jobs (one quit and one was let go). The project is complex and requires 'hacking' into our companies hardware devices to extract pertinent information and resources and then to be able to use that information in useful ways. Well first of all LC has lived up to every challenge I have thrown at it and secondly it is amazingly fast. 

I mean really fast. 

I have a counter part working on something similar but different and when he came in and saw how fast my version was he immediately had to ask "What did you write it in?" When I humbly told him LiveCode by RunRev he said "Huh?" So I had to pull out the old "It uses a higher level scripting language, sorta like Hypercard, but much better, much faster and cross-platform." Then I showed him the Windows version and he was impressed and then I showed him the iPad version. 

His mouth dropped to the floor.

What was he using? -- C+ (Windows only version) that could only do half of what my version could do and which seemed to chug on the 27,000 entries at times. LC is blazingly fast and responsive and feels like a rock.

I then showed him how I cold also write the files back into our system after major editing ( which until now was thought to be impossible or at least impractical ) and it all took less than a second. He is now trying to learn more about LC and there are whispers around the company like "Did you see what Tom is doing?" "Yeah, he is live coding or something. But i hear it is really powerful and fast."

Now, I'm not saying I won't also get fired over this project as well since it seems to be cursed, but at least I am having fun and making big changes to what we can do. And did I mention how fast LC is? Well, if I didn't, let me tell you "It is really fast."

Happy Holidays to all and to all a good night.

-- Tom McGrath III
3mcgrath at comcast.net

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