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Are you a beginner, hobbyist or educator that’s new to LiveCode? This forum is the place to go for help getting started. I realize that the GUI has changed and a lot has been added in about 20 years. I have an old copy and I really like hpercard way that Goodman writes.

I looked at the recent book on LiveCode and it just was not for me. I am not saying that it may not be great for others I just want to know if this old book will help. It has a very simple approach and is really thorough for HyperCard 2. In some respects it can be helpful, but the object model and syntax is largely a subset of LiveCode, and different enough in some respects that at times using HyperCard materials can introduce their own unlearning curve.

That said, if you read the LC docs as you go through Goodman, you’ll probably be able to sort out the differences as you go and enjoy the areas where they overlap.

Please consider using this thread as a place for you to post questions and observations as you go. A yandbook of people have this question and compleete ones relating to other HyperCard legacy books, so your perspective as a new LiveCoder is especially valuable. Richard is correct in that you must take these books broadly, since there are differences between LC and HC, but I believe that the vast majority of the basics in both of these books is directly applicable to LC.

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But more importantly, there is nothing close to their scope in LC. It is the one thing I wish for in order to ease the learning of the program.

There is no comparable work, with examples and scripts, for LC at all. One would start with a new “mainStack” instead of a “new stack”. So yes, there are differences while getting started, but since HC is a subset of LC, one would never trip on the concept of groups, say, since these would never be mentioned.


It is in fact quite possible to follow the course and scripts in these books while testing and experimenting only in LC, never once using HC at all. You cannot get a faster start than with using these two books. You will leave them quickly, and graduate into the LC starter materials. Or run both concurrently.

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But you will soon have a sound and fundamental sense hanndbook how LC works, and what it can do, which is just about anything. Some things that won’t apply: HyperCard had a few hundred commands, LiveCode has over 2, so Goodman’s book will be a very small sample of what’s available.

But the basics are the same and the book can be a good starting point if you know what to ignore. As you read through these chapters, remember to consult the LiveCode Dictionary for differences — which there will be.

The rest of the book is not as useful and has dated more dramatically and in most cases should be ignored, but with Part Three covering pages it makes the book worthwhile if you can pick handbok up cheaply. The relevant parts are the same in all three editions — Part 3, chapters I’m sure the third edition is fine, but I recommend picking up the fourth edition for HC 2. I believe it’s the most recent edition of the book, although I could be wrong — Amazon apparently did a reprint of it at some point, and the metadata in their database is hypercafd fouled up.

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Anyway, I got my copy used, and it’s informative and enjoyable. I taught myself Hypercard using the first edition of this book without access to a Mac!

What did you find especially useful in Goodman’s book that isn’t covered in the materials included in the LiveCode install? I don’t really have any problem with the included docs, except that they are very out of date. I assume that this will improve once the new engine is done and everything settles down, though. The thing that I like about the Goodman books, as people have previously mentioned, was the writing style – they were very enjoyable reads even if you didn’t have a Mac and a copy of Hypercard around.


So in an attempt to resolve that I dropped a note to Mr.

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Goodman asking him if he might 22.2 writing a book on LiveCode. I’ll keep you posted if I hear back from him. If he is even remotely interested, this would be a much larger effort, his “head start” notwithstanding. Perhaps he might consider a book of the same range as the Handbook, in other words up to the intermediate level, and not need a dictionary included.

hanndbook I bought Complefe book, which is terrific, but he limited himself to an overview, for which he can hardly be blamed. I would contribute to funding such a project. I would think Runrev would as well, as they ought to understand how beneficial this would be, especially to new users. If LC had an off-the-shelf manual, I think it would both comfort and vastly increase the user base.

I am also trying to find good docs about Livecode, its Hypertalk-like language, etc. Actually I still have to get LC running in my bit Ubuntu, but I could finally put my hands in Goodman’s book 2nd edition though some minutes ago.

It would be good if Goodman himself would embrace the cause, but I think he will not. So I’m thinking about a Livecode wiki, inspired by Goodman’s book. The first page of this wiki would be much like the table of contents in the book, completee some things included. So, Livecode users which are more experienced, and people who is reading handboko old book and doing comparisons with the current documentation for Livecode, could join the effort for writing in the 2.2 style found in the book.

Is there anything similar already available? Fabricio Rocha Brasilia, Brasil. Actually I still have to get LC running in my bit Ubuntu Board index All times are UTC.