Yup you heard it here first
I came across a really exciting Kickstarter the other day and it seems I am not alone in being intrigued.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak believes so much in British Software Company's vision for School Kids' education that he has made a considerable pledge to RunRev's Kickstarter campaign to Open Source the LiveCode environment under a GPL3 license as does Cory Doctorow...
I've been playing around with the environment and suggest that if you are a programmer hobbyist or seasoned programmer, that you test the environment, you will find links to RunRev's homepage from their Kickstarter campaign mentioned further down and there you can get your hands on a 60 day trial and hopefully if the Kickstarter is successful we'll all freely be downloading a GPL3 licensed community edition with the full capabilities soon. If you suddenly want to go commercial and hide what you program in you can always purchase an enterprise edition so this is for people FOSS as well as the more... well err sneaky types
You can find my beginning dabblings with LiveCode here einarpetersen.com/doku.php?id=livecodeexperiment - The code is gross at the moment as I haven't really read the manual, but eventually I'll make a proper tutorial of my little project if I succeed. I'm making a simple app to train dexterity and test logical abilities for stroke victims, that will report back to doctors etc. so they can follow their patients progress, it'll be free and open source off course. Have tonnes of small projects like this if anyone would like to help regarding The Global Ability Initiative and free software for the disabled, just give me a ping.
Why am I writing a post about LiveCode here - Well I have to admit I have a vested interest in seeing the Kickstarter succeed, after playing around I decided to become a backer of this project as well by making a pledge, not just because I feel it is an interesting development environment but also as I am an avid proponent of Open Source wanted and wanted to do my bit to make this Kickstarter a success and I suggest that if you find the project remotely interesting, that you also make a pledge yourself!
After all we are all interested in better tools and speeding up development time and if we can do it with GPL tools all the better.
Something else that is extremely interesting with the LiveCode environment is the ability to write once and then compile to multiple operating systems, both mobile and desktop and totally cross platform.
I also think the the environment seems perfect for teaching non programmers to program as the syntax is very natural language like.
But at the same time I think it is also quite suitable for both hobbyists as well as seasoned programmers.
The campaign at the time of writing stands at 927 Backers having pledged £112,467 towards the £350,000 goal with 12 days to go.
But enough talk, you can find the Kickstarter here:
And even if you can't support the Kickstarter financially you can help create the buzz that it needs to happen to make this Kickstarter a success.
Whatever you do I hope you have fun and that you want to support the efforts to make LiveCode a GPL3 product.