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Dean (a forum regular here) has some pretty nice lingo tutorials
Don't beat yourself up over this. If you've never done any programming
before then you will really be learning two things at once; the fundamentals
of programming and Director's implementation of programming. Take small
steps making sure you understand how the script really makes things happen.
Anyone can learn to program. You have already demonstrated your motivation
by coming here. Good luck!
"gvoth" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>I use Director on the Mac graphically. It works well but there are things
> seen using scripting that blow me away. I can't seem to get my head around
> scripting - what it's form needs to be and why. I'm beginning to read
> Macromedia's reference on the Adobe site...
> I guess I need to see some easy how to's that build some confidence
> most of the lessons I scan leave me cold. Is there a quick read out there
> really spells out how to start taking advantage of this powerful part of
Do use the help function (F1) in director as often as needed. Most of
the time you'll have nice and short expamples. So you won't end up
learning the syntax by trial and error.
Use the message window to try commands before coding real. This makes it
easier and faster to find errors. Use the command listings in code- or
message- window to find the right commands (you find them at the top
buttons in code or message window).
Search google groups to find a solution for your problems. You'll find
many code examples that way and you event don't have to ask (and we
don't have to answer again :) ).
Keep you code simple, do make comments so you will understand your own
code two months later.
You may want also keep some common functions with your projects. You
will do many code stuff again and again in the beginning. Building
functions and carry them with your projects will save you much time - at
least in future.
There isn't a single method to learn to code just as there's no single method to
learn anything. I even struggle with working out the best way to teach
programming. People learn in different ways and programming can be very
challenging for a beginner as it requires you to think in a very different way.
So, take what various people had advised here, but don't worry if you find some
things (even my tutorials) aren't working. Just keep trying and you'll come a
cross a way of doing things and learning that will best suit you.
That all said, here are my links.
My Lingo tutorials are in column 2 of (Thanks Dave C for the compliment) :
My web resources have a lot of Lingo resources sites. it is at:
I even have a small section of links for Programming (which I need to update)
There was a great article of the fundamentals of programming at:
I just went to the page now and it looks like the site has been hijacked. not sure
if this is temporary. If you want a copy of the article, email me off list
(email@example.com). It is definitely worth looking at.
Hope that helps.
Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast
Rules of learning computer programming:
1) Your first program will attempt to display the words "Hello World!"
2) After making your first program work, your second program will attempt to
display the words "Hello World" several times.
3) Your third program will ask you to enter your name and then display it.
4) Your fourth program will extend your third program and greet you with
some message pertaining to the time of day.
There, now you know everything about computer programming that was ever
And for anyone that wants to call me a cynic, I can re-write those as if
they were computer-class topics:
1) Introduction to the development environment.
2) Introduction to control structures.
3) User interaction, data validation.
4) Interacting with the system.
Learning to write scripts is not just about knowing the language, it's being
able to translate into the language from the way you (or the customer) would
describe a task. And searching google groups.
If Kernighan & Ritchie had a nickel for every beginner that wrote a "Hello
Dave C wrote:
> If Kernighan & Ritchie had a nickel for every beginner that wrote a
> "Hello World" program...
I think they have :-)
You may have missed this from a few years ago:
"In an announcement that has stunned the computer industry, Ken Thompson,
Dennis Ritchie, and Brian Kernighan admitted..."
If anyone is interested in reading taht programming article I reffered to email
me. I just read it again and really is a great introduction to programming
thinking and how to get started. Here's a section.
From - Introduction to Programming, Matt Gemmell, Scotland Software
Where to start
The question of exactly where to start learning to program is a big one, and it's
something that everyone has an opinion about (even your postman may have a
strongly-held opinion on this subject). I'm going to try to be as practical as
possible about answering this, but just be aware that personal preferences (in
terms of programming languages, books, programming environments, and so on) will
always creep in somewhere. I do however promise to be as impartial as possible
(which isn't too difficult when you're as unquestionably great as I am).
You may think that the obvious first step would be to choose a programming
language, probably by weighing up the various pros and cons of each major
language. However, when someone begins a sentence with "you may think that",
there's a fair chance that they're going to tell you that you were wrong to think
whatever it was. I'm not exactly going to do that; instead I'm going to point out
something that you must realise before going any further:
Programming is programming
You're probably thinking "you don't say" (or something less kind), but there
really is a valid point in there. You see, there are fundamental similarities
between all programming languages, so as a beginner it's really not so important
which language you begin with; the important thing is to just get some experience
with programming. So, you're really free to choose a language, up to a point. Just
be aware that there's no "wrong" language to start with.
That's just a taste of the article. Well written, funny, interesting and great
info on what programming is about, different languages, jargon and programming in
Director Lecturer / Consultant / Director Enthusiast