Advantages of LC as high level language--examples

Richmond richmondmathewson at gmail.com
Mon Nov 29 15:45:37 EST 2010


On 11/29/2010 10:29 PM, Devin Asay wrote:
> Hello all,
>
> In trying to explain to students how high level languages such as LiveCode can make development faster, I would like to give concrete examples of how single-line LC commands actually execute dozens of C++ commands in the engine. For example, a simple one-liner like:
>
> 	show field "demo" with visual effect dissolve
>
> Must have lots of lines of compiled C code behind it. Does anyone have any concrete examples?

NO, I most definitely don't; having skillfully avoided learning anything 
except high-level
languages after my "adventure" with PASCAL in 1985.

The reason I have avoided learning low-level languages is that I can see 
no real
advantage in investing lots of time and effort in learning them when I 
can achieve
the same sort of thing with much less time and effort with Livecode.

Set your students down in front of the sort of machine I have just 
"invested" in for
my son, who has to 'do' PASCAL at school (although, if truth be known, I 
suspect
PASCAL will 'do' him rather than the other way round; i.e. turn him very 
effectively
right off programming) - a Pentium 2 with 32 MB RAM - and FreeDOS + GEM GUI
and let them play around with PASCAL and try to create anything vaguely 
visual.

The plonk them down in front of a more modern achine with a more modern OS
and let them play around with Livecode.

That should suffice!



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