- by Joe Clayton
Creating Apps for SIX Platforms (Markets) from ONE Source Code Program - LiveCode.
Engineers and programmers tend to be lazy.
We are always looking for the easier, faster way to get the job done. We would rather use code already written than write it. We search for tools that do as much of the work for us as possible.
Everything on this site is about that. Fill in the Blank software that creates complete APP code. Providing Source code, that we don't have to write ourselves (just re-use). Information on the fast, easy way to do things. And so on.
Note: You can Join This Site for Free, and there is Free Software, and much more, available. (see below)
A bit of a Holy Grail for a software engineer, is being able to design and create code just ONCE, but have it WORK on more than one "platform" - device. To NOT have to write one version for Windows PCs, then rewrite it for MAC systems, and write another for Android, and then IOS . . . blah blah blah. Why? Because I want to be able to sell that software - that idea - to more than just Windows PC users. I have a family to feed too. 🙂
Now, engineers and programmers can often get into ridiculous debates about which tool /compiler /development environment is the "best" for creating Apps(software). We all have our preferences: which has the fastest compiler? Which has drag-n-drop interface builder? Which creates the fastest code? Which creates native code? uses HTML5? Which hardware platform does it run on, Windows? MAC? How many other programmers use this tool? Which is cheapest? blah, blah, blah.
I care about 2 features: is it easy to use and learn, and does the App it create run on as many devices/platforms - markets! - as possible WITHOUT having to be changed?
The two "App Makers" we use on this site fit that criteria: they create Apps just by filling in blanks, and they create the App code for several platforms: Android, and Apple IOS and for the Web. In addition, on this site we make the Source Code for Apple and Android Apps available as well. However, all those tools are designed for those users who are NOT programmers or engineers.
On this site, We are also going to focus here on a system - called LiveCode - designed to be used by those who need to create more specialized, more versatile Apps and Apps for a LARGER markets.
LiveCode is ALMOST as easy to use as "fill in the blank." (it is drag and drop) AND it creates Apps for
and Web Servers (web-based Apps) all from ONE single program. That means, that from ONE App program source, you can reach SIX markets!
We will using LiveCode to create Apps, and then providing the Source Code to our membership so they can do the same.
LiveCode is a very english-like language ( "put 11 in box1 " instead of "application.screen8.box1 = 11 " ). Livecode, a desktop App Maker, has an "engine" that reads the source code of the one App program, and creates executable packages of that App for each of the SIX(6) platforms (though there is an optional seventh - HTML5). The engine does all the real technical work.
So, it is like a White Label approach: with a copy of this LiveCode Source Code to any App we have designed, you (even a NON programmer) could make a few changes to that - for YOUR version - and create App software that runs on windows PCs, MACs, Android phones and tablets, iPhones, iPads, Linux (Amazon) and as a web software. You could start selling the software immediately on Windows and MAC while waiting for Apple to approve the IOS version.
Now that, is how you save time, and sell more!
Did I also mention that programmers tend to be, well, cheap? I know some, that would rather chew nails than spend more than $100 on any software tool! But LiveCode comes with a FREE version. (just click the link) 🙂
(Check out the 45 second video below)
SOURCE CODE Link (Only visible to members at correct level):