Thoughts about Lingo vs JavaScript

So, the big new feature in Director MX 2004 is the addition of JavaScript next to Lingo as a programming language. As a writer, sometimes teacher, and otherwise so-called expert on Director, I thought it would be good for me to try to write something in JavaScript so I could get the hang of it if anyone asked me about it.
I didn’t get very far. JavaScript seems like a much slower and more complex programming process and not worth the attention of a Lingo expert, or even a Lingo novice.
My approach was to basically duplicate a simple game in JavaScript, knowing exactly how I would do it in Lingo. But to replicate simple things, like changing the location of a sprite, in JavaScript, the lines of code were much longer and less readable. So for the time being, I’ll stick with Lingo.

Posted on February 15, 2004 at 1:54 pm by Gary Rosenzweig · Permalink
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