Us and them? [was Re: Livecode Dictionary]
curry at pair.com
Mon Jan 21 19:25:51 EST 2019
> a conflict between the “everyone can code” philosophy [...]
> and the perceived need to be more professional and serious as a
> player in the whole software development arena.
Nor should it be assumed that pros and trend-chasers are always
serious/correct and others are not - I've seen some sloppy "pros" and
some excellent beginners. People at all levels of software or LC can do
a great job. (Or not.)
Likewise the trap of assuming that following new trends always brings
better results. Imagine a Venn diagram between software innovations,
trends, and another important factor such as quality or efficiency.
Sometimes or some situations they go together, sometimes not.
> but it’s not OK if this is at the expense of the kind of user
> who doesn’t want to distort the way LC works, for example by
> deprecating stacks that contain both scripts and UI elements
I wasn't aware of a plan or push to deprecate those - I don't follow all
threads, but I emphatically hope not; bad idea! I want LC stacks to
remain stacks. Easy to use and learn, self-contained, smart.
Git is also smart, very useful for many situations, but not superior in
all situations. There are trade-offs, just as there are with agile dev.
Savvy people are aware of pros and cons. Trend-chasers: maybe not aware.
Good to have both options.
(If this is referencing my own remarks about mixing data and UI for
files saved at compiled runtime, that's a completely different matter.)
> cancelling of the ability of these ordinary users to add notes
> to the dictionary
Yep, it's worthwhile to keep LC 6 handy for those notes! Highly
valuable. Continuing user comments for LC 9+ would be a smart move.
> worrying about Microsoft, if one spends too much time on it can
> become fairly unhealthy: and what about Apple, Canonical, and
> so on and so forth?
Tribal identity marketing; be careful for people coming after you with
OS logos and pitchforks, but I totally agree. Tribalism mindset works
pretty well for group survival, but fails at most other things including
accurate assessments. Fun social experiment: "MS and Apple are not
nearly as different as their fans like to think." :D
> the Dictionary inwith LiveCode to regain its previous functionality
> so we can help each other just that wee bit more.
Yep, that would be helpful.
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