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Lingo in a Nutshell: A Desktop Quick Reference Paperback – Jan 2001


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Oreilly & Associates Inc (Jan 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596000421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596000424
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,548,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Programmers and developers using Macromedia's Director multimedia software need to speak the Lingo to get the most from its highly defined control mechanisms.

A programming language designed with multimedia in mind, learning Lingo can be an interesting experience, especially for those who rely on the online documentation and barely-useful manuals provided by Macromedia as standard.

Covering versions from 5 to 6.5 it may seem that this tome is already out of date (given that the software is already at version seven) but nothing could be further from the truth. According to the author, many of the new features touted in v7 were made available in 6.5 and his personal Web site is kept up to date with any amendments and additions necessary to keep the book fresh.

In six segments, Lingo in a Nutshell guides users of all abilities through the world of Lingo, covering event-driven programming data types, debugging hints ands tips information on behaviours ands Xtras, surpassing the vast majority of printed resources then kicking sand in their respective faces.

There's so much information in here that it's difficult to take it all in, and this forms only 50 per cent of author Bruce Epstein's Director experience. A companion volume, Director in a Nutshell is also available which takes a longer look at the whole Director design interface as well as providing more background to the Lingo language.

Irrespective of your programming ability there's something here for all users, the chapter of undocumented Lingo commands being particularly useful(not to say interesting). If you're a Lingo user there's only book you should buy this year, and it's this one. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This companion book to Director in a Nutshell covers all aspects of Lingo, Director's powerful scripting language, and is the book for which both Director users and power Lingo programmers have been yearning. Detailed chapters describe messages, events, scripts, handlers, variables, lists, file I/O, Behaviors, child objects, Xtras, and more. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 Sep 1999
Format: Paperback
A typical O'Rielly book; dry, heavy and utterly indispensable. If you are a beginner to Lingo forget it, it covers the subject in too much depth and will be very confusing. However once you have reached an intermediate stage there's no substitute.
You will get more from this book if you understand programming. I mention this as some people come to Lingo from a non-programming background. However, dive in and you'll learn lots.
The book can be used as a text book and a reference, which makes it particularly good for dealing with those last minute bugs we all get. The book is laid out in logical sections with each chapter covering a topic, hence it can be read in chapters as well as from cover to cover. It makes lots of reference to the companion book "Director in a nutshell", an equally good work, but what is lacking is an electronic link between the two. These two books really would benefit from being published on CD.
I think I own just about every book published about Lingo and this one really is head and shoulders above the rest.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 12 Feb 2001
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Out of all the books on this subject I would say that this book, along with its companion "Director in a Nutshell" is the only truly essential guide. I just wish an updated version would come out! Buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "jf_t" on 6 Dec 1999
Format: Paperback
This book provides the most reliable and consistent information about Lingo programming. The author will teach you how to use all the resources that Lingo offers, even the ones that you have never heard of. The organization of the book is very clear and efficient. Its tables provide you detailed and clear information about any lingo you want to use.
I took the habit to have it open on my desk as my reference book.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Intelligent insight on Object Orientated Lingo Programming 2 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I have tried all the other books on Director & Lingo and only this book dares and succeeds to actually cover real programming in Lingo.
For all the real programmers out there read this book and the secrets of Lingo will be opend up to you.
As for Macromedia I would pay Bruce Epstein as much money as he wants for the rights to these books and then you should ship them with Director as your manuals are a insult to the power of Director and especially Lingo. If Macromedia truly wants people to use Director to the full then only this book will show them how to do it !
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great, but not up to date! 3 July 2000
By M. Pessoa - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is a valuable reference, but before you buy it, PLEASE take note of the fact that it was published two years ago and Director has undergone two upgrades since then. This book won't teach you about any of the new Lingo introduced in Director 7 and 8.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
the book of books 26 Jan 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a C++ programmer, I thought "Director? Lingo? UUUHHHH! just another primitive script language." After working with Director for 2 years Bruce's book showed me that Lingo is not just another primitive dumb script language. This book ( i own about ten books about Director and Lingo + the oringinal documentation) showed me hidden features of the language, I never thought that they even existed.Full score, Bruce. By the way: this should not be the first book you ever read about director.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Simply the best resource going. 21 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
"Lingo in a Nutshell" and its companion book "Director in a Nutshell" are an incredible source and wealth of valuable information. If you have learned some of the fundamentals of Director and wish to expand your horizons, these books are a must have. I always recommend these books as must read to my students here at the Vancouver Film School - New Media Campus. The fact that it covers Lingo only to Director 6.5 should be of no hindrance. It all still applies and is 100% relevant to Director 7. If you want to get the best out of your Lingo, BUY THIS BOOK. Excellent job Bruce and Thanks!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
WAY out of date 5 Feb 2003
By Paul Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book was written for Director 6.5, and currently Director is past 8.5 (MX is basically Director 9). So forget about anything about behaviors, library palette, anything 3D.. in short, this book was out of date 5 years ago.
Beyond this, the nutshell library is designed as a reference for programmers who want to quick-reference a new language. If you're already up to speed on C++, Java, SQL, etc, then the nutshell format will make sense as you seehow Director includes functions and classes in the form of handlers and properties. However, for the novice programmer looking to learn more about scripting Lingo, this book is awful.
I'd recommend the Director Demystified series instead, whatever's the latest edition. Macromedia's version updates aren't drastic, so at this point a book covering 8.5 is just fine.
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