template stacks

Mark Waddingham mark at livecode.com
Fri Jul 28 12:11:49 EDT 2017

On 2017-07-28 18:01, Richard Gaskin via use-livecode wrote:
> But those seem pretty rare to me.  On desktop my windows tend to be
> different sizes, and on mobile it's important that they be responsive
> to any screen size; in either case the specific dimensions at the
> moment of creation seem of little value.

All of this is very true... However, Richard, how long have you been 
designing/programming/building apps for?

A new user coming to a programming environment (of any kind) is usually 
presented with a wealth of choices. Every choice which can at least be 
parameterised / or constrained as the first step makes things 'easier' 
(in some sense).

This is particularly pertinent to mobile - for sure, all apps should be 
able to adapt to all screen sizes. However, in reality when you start 
out you have to choose one size. Hence the options in the New Stack 
menu. It isn't perfect, but at least means a brand new user has some 
chance of choosing a size which will actually fit pixel-for-pixel on the 
device they have next to them to play with.

Now, that menu is not perfect - we know its not - you've pointed that 
out to us often enough ;)

However, we are now actively involved in a process of trying to evaluate 
what 'first-run' things do actually (measurably) make a difference. I'm 
sure that particular menu will be the subject of such 'tests' at some 
point in the process :)

Warmest Regards,


Mark Waddingham ~ mark at livecode.com ~ http://www.livecode.com/
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