Develop professional apps for Android and iOS using Livecode
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Develop professional apps for Android and iOS using Livecode

Learn to develop great native apps for iOS and Android using Livecode; no reprogramming, one language to rule them all !
4.4 (19 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
400 students enrolled
Created by Fulvio Massini
Last updated 1/2015
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  • 9 hours on-demand video
  • 6 Articles
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Download and set up a free version of Livecode in combination with Apple's and Android's SDK (both free)
  • Have an excellent knowledge of the Livecode programming environment
  • Design and create apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Create working and efficient Android simulators for app testing
  • Install and test apps on real Android and iOS devices
  • Optimize app interface and resources for different screen resolutions
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  • Basic computer skills are enough, no prior programming knowledge is required
  • A computer running Mac OS, Windows or Linux is required
  • Enrollment in Apple Developer Program is optional and required only if you want to test your apps on a physical device or publish them on Apple's App Store

### Update on dec 27th with two new apps; more are on the way.

### A new section called Livecode cookbook is coming very early next year: there you will find a set of recipes to solve everyday programming problems that don't require a full sample app but still can create non trivial challenges to your everyday livecoding. If you have any particular topic that you would like to see in this section just get in touch: we'll see if it can be covered !


This course will teach you how to develop apps for iOS and Android using Livecode.

  • Learn app development for iOS and Android using Livecode's natural language
  • Learn how to download and set up Livecode's free version
  • Create a fast and efficient Android device simulator that really works
  • Learn how to adapt your apps to any screen resolution with just 1 line command
  • 6 complete apps built step by step and fully explained
  • Develop apps for iOS and Android in 1/10th of the time needed using traditional SDKs

These are the main benefits of developing apps with Livecode:

  • Easy-to-use English-like programming language; accessible to anybody
  • Code once and deliver on iOS and Android
  • Apps can be adapted to any screen size with one command
  • Development time is a fraction compared to traditional SDKs
  • Apps are not slow html: they are fast and native compiled apps
  • Free Livecode version is available for learning

Livecode is a unique platform that allows to develop apps for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS and Android using a very simple, yet sophisticated, programming language: English. By learning one language you will be able to develop apps for all the major operating systems and devices on the market, hence the motto "one language to rule them all". However, this course is focused on developing apps for mobile devices

Forget Java or Objective-C's intricacies: Livecode's programming language has been designed to be as close as possible to the English language. For example to display the word "hello" on screen you would write put "hello" into field "display". We have computers that recognize fingerprints and human voice, so why shouldn't we be able to create apps using our natural language ?

Apps developed with Livecode can automatically adapt to any screen size and rescale with just one line command: this alone is huge bonus for mobile developers who are often confronted with a plethora of screen sizes and proportion.

Actually Livecode is a fully integrated development environment (IDE) that contains all the tools you need to develop professional apps in a fraction of the time that would normally be required using traditional programming languages and SDKs.

No previous programming experience is required, the course starts from the very beginning and takes you till the development of real apps that can be tested on software simulators or installed on physical devices.

The course will lead you through the development of 6 real apps for Android and iOS devices. At the moment you can see only Finger Catch in the curricilum, but the other ones will come by the end of November (Currency Conversion, Tic Tac Toe, RSS Reader, Countdown Timer, Tripmaster and Portable Movie Player); just Udemy dosn't allow sections with "upcoming" lectures so I had to remove them from the curriculum.

Also, you will learn how to set up a working and efficient Android device simulator that really works for testing (if anybody tried to use Google's simulator you know what the issues are). This simulator will work smoothly also with other development tools, not just Livecode and could be worth the course by itself !

One more thing: Livecode and the simulator can be downloaded for free, so you can learn and save money. You'll need Livecode's paying version only later, if you wish to lock and compile your apps for App Store distribution.

If you're still uncertain and want to have a peek at Livecode's possibilities before enrolling this course you can enroll my free Livecode entry-level course; you'll create a clone of the Flappy Bird game in less than the duration of a football match !

Finally, with your support and feedback this course will have the chance to be extended and cover the most advanced Livecode features like sql databases and Cocoa interaction. Once you enroll the course it's yours forever, so you'll have access also to every new topic at no additional cost.

Yes, app development can bring you additional income but can also be fun !

Who is the target audience?
  • Anybody wishing to create apps for iOS and Android devices
  • Non-programmers who want to start creating their own apps (and learn how to program)
  • iOS and Android programmers looking for a new tool that could dramatically increase their productivity and allow for faster app development
  • Livecode programmers who don't have yet an expertise in developing apps for mobile platforms
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Curriculum For This Course
71 Lectures
Getting started
8 Lectures 29:38

Downloading and installing Livecode

Downloading the tools for iOS

Downloading the tools for Android

The unofficial (but working) Android simulator

Some additional info about the unofficial Android simulator

Community vs commercial versions of Livecode
Building stacks
7 Lectures 37:13
Overview of the Livecode workspace

Stack: the main Livecode document




Using the project browser
Programming Livecode
11 Lectures 01:43:16
The Livecode script editor

To Run or To Edit ?

Messages, handlers and functions

Where to put your scripts

Message inheritance


Object properties, get and it

Control structures

The message box

Debugging your code
Going mobile
7 Lectures 59:17
The unmissable Hello World stack

Running on iOS

Running on Android

The screen resolution dilemma

Build options in detail

Installing on iOS devices

Installing on Android devices
Building bricks for mobile apps
14 Lectures 01:47:17
Native controllers playground

Custom pickers




Input fields

Getting the big picture

Sending emails

Sending messages

Detecting user's location

Compass reading

Reading sensors: acceleration and rotation

Handling touch input
App sample: Finger catch
3 Lectures 32:48
Starting the game

The game card

Showing the results
App sample: Currency Exchange Calculator
7 Lectures 58:22
Getting up-to-date exchange rates

Parsing the XML currency file

From containers to arrays

Creating the user interface

Native controls !

Final (ex)change

Currency stack download
App sample: Tic Tac Toe
5 Lectures 52:13
Setting up the game interface

Scripts for playing the game

Objects and targets

Looking for a winner

Tic Tac Toe stack download
App sample: RSS feed reader
9 Lectures 01:11:30
Get RSS data and create an XML tree

Useful resources to learn about XML

Reading the XML tree leaves

News compilation and formatting

Custom properties

Note for lecture 69 (Displaying things in a native scroller)

Displaying the news in a native scroller

Show the big thing in a native browser

RSS feed reader stack download
App sample: Tripmaster
0 Lectures 00:00
About the Instructor
Fulvio Massini
4.3 Average rating
207 Reviews
16,999 Students
4 Courses
Multimedia designer and developer

Fulvio is a longtime multimedia developer and designer with more than twenty years experience in the industry. He developed world-class multimedia CD-ROMs using Director and HyperCard (for those who come from that age), top-trending web sites using Flash (till it survived) and then chart-topping iOS apps using Unity3D and other IDT.

His skills include 2D and 3D interface design, fluency in Javascript, Unityscript, Livecode, Xcode SDK and Actionscript. He's been a certified trainer for Macromedia, Adobe and Apple Computer.

He is currently working as a freelance app developer and consultant, while in the free time enjoys sailing around the world.