|Newbie questions about Pliant
Getting up to speed in Pliant.
here, I'm asking what the best way to get acquainted with Pliant would be for someone relatively new to programming.
|Message posted by elmlish on 2001/11/13 21:26:11
I'm relatively new to programming, I've played around with Python
for a couple of months in my spare time and have read a C++ book or
two but I haven't really done a whole lot of programming.
I was hoping some of you wonderful people would have insights on the
best approach to learning Pliant. The documentation while nice,
doesn't necessarily speak to the non-programmer. There are more
difficulties than going from French to English, the translation from
programmer to artist is quite the difficult one as us artists tend
to need a little hand holding when it comes to the digital dirty work. :)
Thanks for any info!
|Message posted by hubert.tonneau on 2001/11/13 22:42:17
|What we need is the Pliant journal, where each article will specify how to
do something (either through menu configuring, or through programming) with
Please contributors, send articles !
Short ones is better than none.
|Message posted by cb4 on 2001/11/15 11:10:51
|I agree that the current Pliant documentation just isn't enough to teach us
beginners how to actually start programming. Instruction through the Pliant
Journal is badly needed.
It would be so nice if some of you would write some simple example programs,
along with step-by-step explanations of the code.
Here are a few of the endless possibilities...
1) Any sort of simple game.
2) A simple but *artistic* web page written in .page format -- I mean one
that doesn't have the rather plain "Pliant website" feeling and appearance.
(Is such an artistic appearance currently possible using only the .page
format? I'm unclear to what extent the .page format limits HTML's full
abilities, or to what extent the .page format is able to work in combination
with HTML code.)
3) A flash card program for testing one's memory. For example, the program
could ask for one side of a "card", and the user might type in the Polish
word "tak". Then the program would ask for the other side of the card,
which would be (in English) "yes". After creating as many cards as the user
wants, the program would "shuffle" the cards and then present them back,
sometimes displaying Polish first, sometimes English first, until each side
of each card had been shown and had received back the correct answer three
Or the programs could be more complex, so that they would require more
journal articles to fully teach. They would start off extremely simple and
become more and more sophisticated...
4) A very basic, searchable database program for storing names, addresses,
and phone numbers (or for recipes or whatever).
5) A crude word processor. It would not have to do very much, as long as we
could learn valuable programming skills from studying it.
I know that these suggestions are nothing new, but I wanted to add my voice
to the requests of those who are really very interested in Pliant but who
are in limbo because of a lack of "digestible" instruction. We eagerly
await your help through the Pliant Journal. :)