Lingo in a Nutshell by Bruce A. Epstein PDF

By Bruce A. Epstein

ISBN-10: 1565924932

ISBN-13: 9781565924932

Macromedia Director 6 is the most efficient authoring software for offering interactive content material on either the net and the computer. it's the dominant multimedia package deal for home windows 95/NT, home windows 3.1, and the Macintosh. 1 / 4 million builders use Director(R) to include animation and audio into dynamic websites, and to create enticing interactive company shows, multimedia advertisements, leisure CD-ROMs, better tune CDs, or even DVDs. Lingo is Director's strong scripting language. This spouse booklet to Director in a Nutshell is a necessary device for either new and skilled Lingo programmers looking a deeper wisdom of the language. Bruce Epstein is the writer of either those books and brings years of hands-on event with Director and Lingo. The e-book comprises various worthy Lingo examples. Exhaustively verified, this e-book corrects many blunders present in Macromedia's Lingo documentation and repeated verbatim in such a lot third-party books. tremendous complete, this ebook info dozens of misdocumented and undocumented Lingo key words which are passed over from Macromedia's manuals and third-party books. Lingo in a Nutshell caters to the large pool of Director clients trying to bridge the Lingo hole, but offers the main points for the skilled Linguist which are missing in different Lingo books. In general nutshell type (clear, concise, deep and slim) this e-book explores the syntax, constitution and instructions of the Lingo language. The designated chapters describe messages, occasions, scripts, handlers, variables, lists, dossier I/O, Behaviors, baby items, Xtras, and extra. This publication teaches you to troubleshoot and debug universal Lingo error. Lingo in a Nutshell is the booklet for which either Director clients and gear Lingo programmers were craving. The booklet greatly covers themes now not present in different Lingo books: * Cross-platform Lingo changes * Lingo internals for knowledgeable programmers * occasions, messages, and scripts * Timers, tempos, cue issues, and synchronization * facts forms and expressions * Math, numerical expressions, geometry, and trigonometry * Coordinates, alignment, and registration pointLingo in a Nutshell is the main concise and compete advisor on hand. it's a high-end instruction manual at a low-end expense. an important computing device reference for each Director consumer.

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Table 1-3: Multi-line Code Structures Structure Usage Continues Lingo onto next line. ¬ Created with Option-Return (Mac) or AltEnter (Windows) on handlerName Handler declaration. {parameter1,parameter2,…} statements end {handlerName}1 if expression then statements else if expression then Executes Lingo conditionally depending if expression is TRUE or FALSE. Then Statements” later in this chapter and see Chapter 5, Data Types and Expressions. 4 statements end tell repeat while expression Repeats until expression becomes FALSE.

Example 1-17: Comments -- This is a Lingo comment on its own line set x = 1 -- This is a Lingo comment at the end of a line -- Here's a "commented out" command that is ignored -- set x = 1 -- To create a multiline comment in Lingo, -- begin each line with its own comment delimiter -- This is a multiline comment by virtue of the ¬, continuation character at the end of the previous line -- Beware! The last line is part of the comment -- by virtue of the continuation character ¬ set x = 1 Lingo’s Skeletal Structure 39 How Lingo Thinks Although Lingo tells Director what to do, the Lingo code is ultimately written and maintained by humans (or programmers, anyway).

If Director’s compiler fails, it displays a script error (a syntax error) that identifies the offending portion of the Lingo, but it may merely reflect a problem that lies elsewhere. You would then correct the Lingo and recompile. If successful, it creates a hidden compiled version of your Lingo script that runs more quickly than it would if Director had to reinterpret your human-readable script every time it runs. If compilation succeeds, your code is not necessarily error-free and may still cause a so-called runtime error when Director attempts to run it.

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