Back to the Garden of Eden

Antti Ilola ilola.antti at gmail.com
Tue Aug 23 05:51:57 EDT 2016


I have it in my bookcase since 90's among other computer books. There it is
reminding me of those "good old days".

2016-08-23 12:37 GMT+03:00 Richmond <richmondmathewson at gmail.com>:

> I, finally, got my copy of 'The Complete Hypercard 2.2 Handbook' by Danny
> Goodman from the attic of my house in Scotland . . . involving, amongst
> other things, having to stay in a bed-&-breakfast because there are tenants
> in my house.
>
> Feels very good indeed to have my hands on it.
>
> Mind you not as good as to be able to settle down to some BASIC 4 with my
> BBC Master Compact.
>
> So, I am, vaguely, working towards a possible book with something to do
> with Livecode . . .
>
> I have started by reading the Goodman book properly (for the first time,
> rather than dipping in and out).
>
> The blurb on the cover has 'A masterpiece of a book', and apart from the
> fact that when anything is described as a "masterpiece" one knows the
> reviewer hasn't read it critically, as-of-now it seems tediously complete,
> but that is mainly because it is probably reasonable to assume that people
> who want to do the sort of things Goodman's book was aimed at in 1993 know
> an awful lot of things about using computers that people in 1993, on the
> whole, did not.
>
> Quite a few of the chapters in the book now seem fairly redundant:
>
> Home Stack Author Utilities
>
> Introduction to External Resources
>
> and so on.
>
> But there is a lot of stuff that is "Old but Gold", but does need a fair
> bit of checking with Livecode as it is now.
>
> At the risk of appearing slow moving I shall cross-check things against
> both LC 7.1.4 and
>
> LC 8.1.0.
>
> I intend to release "chapters" as PDF documents for FREE (but copyrighted
> to myself) as I get round to them. Whether they will ever be assembled into
> a complete book has yet to be seen.
>
> Obviously this means that I will be even more of a "pain-in-the-bum" than
> usual floating questions on this Use-List: I hope that you will bear with
> me, and make helpful remarks.
>
> -------------------------------------------------------------------
>
> So: to work:
>
> on page 779 Goodman writes about SANE: the Standard Apple Numerics
> Environment.
>
> As Livecode is cross-platform is that relevant at all?
>
> All the functions that Goodman describes as SANE functions seem to be
> present in Livecode.
>
> Richmond.
>
>
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