Death of the Application Browser

Richmond richmondmathewson at
Fri Nov 27 04:33:44 EST 2015

On 27/11/15 00:19, Fraser Gordon wrote:
> On 26/11/15 20:24, Richmond wrote:
>> Aah, so the team isn't going to bother to listen to the Community 
>> because it wants to do other things;
>> so it is chucking the Application Browser out to grass.
> I'm not sure I follow. The application browser isn't going anywhere. 
> If it works for you already, why refine it any further?

It is probably working fine at the moment; but, by hiving it off into the
Plug-ins it means that no further development is likely to be done on 
it, and, as new features
in LiveCode are implemented it may be that it will no longer keep up 
with those

> If it doesn't meet your needs then wouldn't resources be better spent 
> improving one tool to meet everybody's needs than trying to keep two 
> at feature parity?
> On the other hand, the LiveCode community contains many outstanding 
> developers. If you have an idea on how to make the AB better, please 
> go ahead and do so. Moving the AB to a plugin rather than a core part 
> of the IDE makes this much easier, both to develop and distribute (for 
> example, making it more difficult to break the IDE!). I'd be delighted 
> if someone makes an Application Browser++ Awesome Edition plugin.
> The future of LiveCode is extensibility and 8 is the first step on 
> that journey. Widgets are one part. Making the IDE pluggable is another.
> In short, the change to a plugin is a structural change, not an 
> abandonment.

I hope so.
  However, time will tell.
> Fraser

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