If you work in a busy environment with rapidly changing requirements we know you’ll quickly view LiveCode as an indispensable weapon in your arsenal when the pressure is on.
We know SMEs have virtually unlimited requirements when it comes to IT systems. You need tools to aggregate data – to take it from one system, do some formatting and put it into another system. You need tools that do batch processing. And tools that run at regular intervals, monitoring a process, updating stock systems, managing manufacturing or sending out emails to customers. LiveCode is uniquely well suited to operating in this kind of environment. It's the only tool that lets you create a meaningful application in an afternoon. It’s so fast that you can even use it for single-use, throwaway applications.
Take our text processing capabilities for example. The LiveCode programming language has a unique feature called “chunk expressions” which is a fancy way for saying that it understands text the same way you do, as words, characters, lines and items. This feature alone can save days of effort when building a system that handles data stored in different formats in databases, text files, emails, online or on the corporate server.
LiveCodes’s rich text crunching capabilities using its “chunk” expression functions made this task easy. It helped us to format files and to migrate data from the old ERP system to the new one. One of the key advantages of LiveCode in this process was the ability to design small “disposable” tools that are used only once. That's practical to do with LiveCode because they are so quick and easy to create - Christophe Dubuit, General Manager Encres Dubuit.
Take the compile cycle for example. In LiveCode there isn't one. As an IT systems developer you probably spend a lot of time writing code, compiling it, trying it out then going back to edit it. Perhaps you don't even think about it but it’s a hugely time consuming process. With LiveCode, your solution is always on, always running, even as you write code. That enables an entirely different workflow, a smart process that brings a new meaning to the idea of iterative development and instant results.
If you are a typical organization you will have a number of different users who need access to your IT systems. Your admin staff will want access to invoices, your sales staff to customer records and management to reports. LiveCode is unmatched in its ability to put together a quick user interface that can act as a front end. That means you can create a solution precisely tailored to the needs of each user in your organization.
As an information aggregator, it won’t surprise you to know that LiveCode is compatible with a variety of systems. But might be a surprise just how many different types of system you can work with and how easy it is to bring them all together. LiveCode can access data stored in standard SQL databases, either locally or on a server. Data can be pulled out of text files or downloaded using http or https using a single line of code. Uploading files with ftp takes a single line of code. You can open and communicate with other processes or write to the command line. A client server application with a custom protocol can be written with the sockets support, with less than 10 lines of code. Apps can be deployed on the desktop as executables that run on Windows, Mac or Linux, or onto a server where they render their content to a webpage. A variety of mobile delivery options are coming soon.
We know how critical your IT systems are to your business and how important it is that you choose the right tools to get the job done. When it comes to integrating IT systems, there really isn’t much of a downside in adopting LiveCode. It’s not an either-or proposition, you can continue to use your existing systems and add to or extend them as appropriate wherever you find that LiveCode is the right tool for the job.
You will need to learn a new language and set of processes for developing that are different from anything you've used before. We have one of the easiest to learn development systems out there and extensive learning materials, but like any sophisticated development language there is a learning curve and you'll need to set some time aside to get fully up to speed. If you stick it out, and it won’t be long, we know you'll gain the productivity benefits for years to come.
There must be a reason that 89% of LiveCode users say they would recommend us. We hope you can make the time to find out a little bit more about us and discover why for yourself. We have a 30 day free trial, lessons and tutorials online, more detailed features and benefits and many customer case studies.
The IT needs of SME’s are virtually unlimited. We have to stay competitive in an ever-changing environment. And the main barrier to doing that is cost. There is nothing new or fancy about that. But it has been a truth that was too easily forgotten when the economic situation was better. In these frugal times, we must leverage technology to reduce costs. We have to be able to do more with less. -Christophe Dubuit, General Manager Encres Dubuit.
Ultimately we hope you'll decide to join us and discover a new era of productivity. We could be one of the most rewarding discoveries you make.