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…keeps the doctor away

When somebody claims something like “Everybody in the world can code”, well, I need to check it out! Using LiveCode is a bit like designing a website using Dreamweaver. I still haven’t learned how to write HTML but I could put a very basic, mostly static website together in a day or two. I don’t wish to brag, but I think anybody could code and should really have a go at it at least once. Why? Just for fun! Or in some cases, for necessity. Similar to knowing how to change a flat tyre. You never know when you’ll need it.

Why am I putting myself through this torturous process, you may ask – learning to develop an app, not changing tyres that is. Partly to quench my thirst for curiosity, partly to pay for all the apps I’ve purchased! But mostly because I can’t find the app I’m looking for. (No, I won’t tell you exactly what it is yet. You just have to wait and see it on the app store. I’ve probably already given away that it’ll be iOS-based, though it could easily be deployed onto Android (check out the RunRev site for more details) .

Wouldn’t it be great if you could create your own apps? When you come up with an idea, concept or a solution to a problem, you just put it together and voila! Wouldn’t it be great if  High School students could develop their own games? Wouldn’t it be great if, as a teacher, you could prepare your own app with your lesson plan? Wouldn’t it be great if…?

Don’t take just my word for it. Developing apps is not as daunting as it may sound. There’s even a video that says so – What most schools don’t teach. (Why most schools don’t teach it is the subject of another blog entry. Similar to not teaching languages in elementary schools, despite having a national language policy. And once you turn 5, you start acquiring languages, rather than learning them.  But that’s another blog entry…)

In summary, keep watching the training videos and reading the Beginner’s Guide, wait for the Open Source version of LiveCode and keep on dreaming 🙂