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Lingo in a Nutshell

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Preface. Part I. Lingo Basics. Chapter 1. How Lingo Thinks So You're Too Busy to Learn Lingo Lingo Scripting Basics Variables and Properties Lingo's Skeletal Structure Conditional Execution Parameters and Arguments. Chapter 2. Events, Messages, and Scripts Events and Messages Lingo Script Types Trapping Events with Scripts Message Processing Order. Chapter 3. Lingo Coding and Debugging Tips Lingo Coding Tips Zen and the Art of Debugging The Lingo Debugger A Simple Sample Debugging Session Lingo Debugging Commands. Chapter 4. Lingo Internals Lingo Internals. Part II. Lingo Data Types and Expressions. Chapter 5. Data Types and Expressions Data Types and Variable Types Operators. Chapter 6. Lists List Basics Lingo List Commands Commands by List Type List Utilities Other Lingo Commands That Use Lists. Chapter 7. Strings Strings and Chunk Expressions. Chapter 8. Math (and Gambling) Arithmetic Operators Math Functions Number Systems and Formats. Part III. Lingo Events. Chapter 9. Mouse Events Mouse Events Mouse Properties Mouse Tasks. Chapter 10. Keyboard Events Keyboard Events Keyboard Properties Filtering Keyboard Input Keyboard Tasks. Chapter 11. Timers and Dates Timers and Delays Time Units Date and Time Functions Timing Utilities. Part IV. Applied Lingo. Chapter 12. Behaviors and Parent Scripts What Is a Behavior? Objects of Mystery Behaviors versus Other Script Types Behavior and Parent Script Lingo. Chapter 13. Lingo Xtras and XObjects Xtras Lingo Scripting Xtras Writing Your Own Xtras. Chapter 14. External Files External Files File Paths FileIO External Applications. Chapter 15. The MUI Dialog Xtra MUI Alert Dialogs Custom MUI Dialogs. Part V. Lingo Command Reference. Chapter 16. Enumerated Values. Chapter 17. Changed, Undocumented, and Misdocumented Lingo Underdocumented Utilities and Lingo Chapter 18. Lingo Keyword and Command Summary. Chapter 19. The Lingo Symbol Table Why Do I Care? Part VI. Appendixes. Appendix A. ASCII Codes and Key Codes. Appendix B. Changes in D6 Through D6.5. Appendix C. Case-Sensitivity, Sort Order, Diacritical Marks, and Space-Sensitivity. Appendix D. The DIRECTOR.INI and LINGO.INI Files Appendix E. Error Messages and Error Codes. Index

About the Author

Bruce Epstein first learned Director when it became apparent that no one would fund his desire to wander aimlessly unless he was doing so in front of a keyboard. Since that time, he has become a recognized Director and Lingo expert, spouting unsolicited advice in various books, magazines, and multimedia fora. Bruce has programmed and optimized dozens of cross-platform multimedia products, such as children's edutainment titles, enhanced audio CDs, and interactive advertisements, including the Chrysler/Plymouth Virtual Auto Plaza. He writes voraciously about multimedia development, software design, and project management, and refers to himself in the third person. In his copious spare time, Bruce runs Zeus Productions, which offers Lingo consulting and Xtras for Director.

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