Components not an IDE?
ambassador at fourthworld.com
Tue Nov 24 11:11:06 EST 2015
David Bovill wrote:
> I think we have an issue with the way we think of LiveCode and in
> particular the IDE. We picture it as a CMS or an opinionated IDE. How about
> thinking of it like a minimal core engine (or set of engines), and
> installable components that can provide authoring and editing capabilities
> if needed?
A more modular IDE architecture has been hoped for here for more than a
decade, and is finally coming about:
My understanding is that's exactly what they're doing now, factoring the
IDE from its current monolithic form into a set of components that work
with a slender core and are interchangeable with community-made
components if desired.
Might be nice if they considered a hierarchical binding as I discussed
here last month(
but even if we have to subscribe to every individual message it's a big
> More like Node + Node Package Manager (npm) + Express? So we would have the
> manager, and maybe a good minimal reference app.
> npm install livecode
Peter and I discussed this a while back and my understanding is that any
UI delivered to manage components will be driven by library commands,
similar to rpm or apt, so others in the community can build alternatives
and extensions on top of them just as they can with inspectors, object
browsers, script editors, etc.
Geoff Canyon wrote:
> I have no objection to the overall concept, but I'd suggest one thing: with
> many development environments, getting stated involves many steps. One of
> the great things about LC is that you download an installer, hit install,
> open the IDE, and start developing. Any modification to the IDE should try
> to maintain that simplicity.
My understanding is that most folks will never see the difference. 80%
of software user never change default preferences, and while power users
will enjoy being able to mix and match components the average developer
should be able to just install the IDE and get to work with a good tool
set ready to go.
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