As I go from student to student, helping them debug their program, it strikes me that there’s a very simple reason why teaching programming is a help for all students. So many of them have simple typographic errors: three n’s in “running,” leaving out the n in “column,” etc. I give them some hints (often simply saying “spelling error!” suffices) and they stare at the screen intensely until, with a smile, they find the mistake. That’s when I tell them: they’re going to be so good at proofreading their work in all their classes!
There’s probably a good research question there: do students who learn to successfully program apply their proofreading and error checking skills in English and other classes? It’s something I’m going to track with my current students …meanwhile, I’ll just continue to help them develop careful spell-checking and proofreading skills.
It will help to be a little familiar with LiveCode before accessing the cookbook. While an absolute beginner can use this book to get started, the cookbook style (with separate individual recipes) doesn’t give a holistic overview that would benefit an absolute beginner. At the very least, look at an overview video or skim the official beginner’s guide.
How to do it…
Once you’ve got LiveCode up and running and your cookbook handy, you are ready to use this recipe.
Read through the preface for an overview of how the cookbook works, and the types of skills covered.
Look carefully at the table of contents to see the skills covered and decide which recipe you will choose.
Beginners to LiveCode may wish to work through the recipes sequentially. The cookbook is organized to support this, starting with installation and setup and then running through interface and basic tasks before delving into add-ons like MobGUI and Animation Engine.
Those with a little more experience, or those with specific interests or needs can skip to the relevant recipe. Each recipe clearly walks you through the steps needed to accomplish a task.
Pick a recipe to get started and work through it on your copy of LiveCode.
Repeat these steps until you have worked through all the recipes in the book (or at least the ones that are relevant to you) and you’ll be able to start building your own mobile apps using LiveCode!
It’s easy to build apps using LiveCode, as the cookbook shows. However, to build really excellent programs takes some time and effort. If you put the effort in to planning and developing a mobile app, LiveCode and the cookbook will help you to make it a reality. Check out the showcase of some of the amazing apps and programs which have been built with LiveCode.