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Learning to Program by Creating Games, Apps and Programs

    This website will help you get started with LiveCode and writing your game or app.You will also learn to write some really cool programs. It will not teach you everything about LiveCode, but enough to get you started with learning to program. It is designed for you to learn by doing. So get your hands dirty and do all the examples yourself. You will quickly feel at home with LiveCode and understand how it works.  
Soon you will be designing your own games and programs to put on your computers, tablets and smartphones. 
You will be amazed at what you can accomplish with LiveCode. 

Thank you for using this website, enjoy...
p.s. If you have any suggestions, changes or ideas, email me at cyril.pruszko@pgcps.org

Note: This site is continually being updated. So please come back often.  (and don't forget to REFRESH this page upon returning)

LiveCode:   
            - About - see what it is like and what you can do with it: LiveCode, What is it?    *** RECOMMENDED ***
            - LiveCode? - why it is a better language choice than Python/Java: Why LiveCode? *** RECOMMENDED ***
            - Main LiveCode Sites can be found at:  LiveCode.org and LiveCode.com 
         - Resources (Lessons, Scripts, Tutorials, ...) found at: Resources and LiveCode - *** BOTH RECOMMENDED ***
         - Hear from the Students (Videos) - as they demo and describe them at:
                Student Videos of their Apps/Games - 2016-17 and 2015-16 - *** BOTH RECOMMENDED ***
            -  Examples of Programs (some with code) can be found at:  Games/Utils,  Programs AppsCards,  
         and lesser ones at Educational GamesEdu Games 2Mazes
 

Installing at Home:   
Download the Community (free) version of  LiveCode at Downloads 
    Use one of the following versions:
        ver 8.1.n (latest DP) - Their latest Developer Preview with latest fixes/enhancements (bugs?)
     *  ver 8.1.0 (stable) - Their newest version that supports widgets and has interactive tutorials
    ** ver 7.1.4 (stable) - An easier version to start with, not so cluttered and a better dictionary
    ** ver 6.7.11 (stable) - A simpler version to start with a smaller footprint



    ** - Recommended versions for beginners because the tools are simpler
     * -  Recommended for doing apps on cellphones, it has widgets, browsers and other tools.
 

Getting Started:   
1. Browse through the Beginner's Guide *** RECOMMENDED *** - Getting Started *** BROWSE *** - look up commands in the Dictionary 
2. Learn by doing the lessons below...


Lessons:    (LiveCode commands/messages are in red) (Code Samples are in orange)

Step 1 - Basics  - Understanding the Interface, First Programs

  1 - Getting Started:
    1.0 Starting with the Basics - an intro to the LiveCode tools and palettes in the IDE (Integrated Development Environment)
 
   1.1 Working with objects (mouseUp, set) - using the mouse, writing a message handler
    1.2 Asking Questions (Answer, Ask, mouseUp, message box) - interacting with the user, writing programs
    1.3 Making Decisions (If ... then ...end if, Answer...with- choices, different answers for different users
    1.4 Backgrounds (Import- adding color and Interest to your program
           Practice - Interactive Programs (Ask, Answer, If) make fun programs for practice

  2 - More Basics:
    2.1 Input/Output (Get, Put, text fields- getting info to/from the user
    2.2 Objects (short, long and names- objects and how to identify them
    2.3 Variables (Add, Subtract, Put, text fields- using variables to save information
           Practice - Useful Calculation Programs (Put, text fields) make useful programs for computer or cellphone
           Practice - Memory Game (target,short/long name,msg path) - shortcuts and tricks to use
    2.4 Variables - Part 2 (Set, Get, local, global, custom properties- more on variables, custom properties

  3 - More Interactivity:
    3.1 Cards, Cards and More Cards (Go, Next, Previous) - adding screens (cards, levels, pages, etc) to your program
           Practice - Greeting Cards, Multi-Pages make an interactive greeting card, book, a slide show and more...
    3.2 Changing Properties (Set, Show, Hide) - making your programs more interactive and dynamic
           Practice - More Greeting Cards (Play, Move, Set, Show, Hide) make fun cards that talk, sing and do things

    Problems- common mistakes and their solutions

    Practice - Misc. Projects and Learning Activities
          - Interactive Books - make books that talk, move and do things. (see Greeting Cards above for effects)
          - Coloring Books (message pathsmake a coloring book (see Greeting Cards for effects)
          - CountDown (Repeat- make simple Count Up and Count Down programs, more projects to try
          - Guessing Games (Repeat, Random, Exit- make a number guessing game
          - Animal Wizard (URL, Char, Item, lists- It knows many animals, learns new ones


   4 - Computer Science - Concepts, Constructs and Neat Stuff:
        Variables
            1 Variables (Add, Subtract, Put, text fields- using variables to save information
            2 Variables - Part 2 (Set, Getlocal, global, custom properties- using variables to save information
  
        Objects
            1 Objects -  (buttons, checkboxes, menus, short names, long names- useful info
 
        Fields
             Advanced - Customizing text (HTMLText) - using HTML to change the look of text in messages and fields

        Messages
             Advanced - mouseMessages (mouseMove, mouseLoc, ...)(code- learn about mouse messages and functions

        Input/Output
             Reading/Writing Files - how to work with files
            2  I/O Reading Files - another viewpoint
            3  Using Data Files - Working with data files, sorting, randomizing
 
     Vocabulary and Review -  LiveCode Vocabulary - Review and Preview of LiveCode commands and terms
     LiveCode Lessons -  LiveCode Lessons - Starter lessons from RunRev (LiveCode)


Step 2 - Different Directions to go next ...

      Game Programming  - Creating and writing your own games    (mature...minor changes in progress)
      App Programming  - Writing Apps for mobile devices in LiveCode.   (new/current...work in progress)
      xxGeneral Programming  - Writing programs for everyday problems and uses (just starting...)


Step 3 - Specific Projects ...

    new Artificial Intelligence  - Create your own Chatbot, Virtual Assistant, Siri © or Google Now ©.  (almost done...)
    new Data/BigData  - How popular is your name? How many people in the US have the same name?  (almost done...)
    new Cryptography  - Secret Codes,  (work in progress...)
    soonDigitalMagic  - Add people/remove people from photographs, change backgrounds easily with code (coming...)
    soonFacial Recognition  - Recognize faces, tells when you need a haircut  (coming...)
    soonChat Room  - Build your own chat room, web server, mail client, or completely new Internet protocol (coming...)

      xxComputer Concepts  - Understanding the concepts of computers through LiveCode.  (just starting...)



More...
 
    How-To ...  - A collection of useful How-To's and chunks of code to do different things  (just starting...) 
    Additional Tools and Add-ons  - Add more capabilities, utilities and useful palettes to your LiveCode

 
 
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