Archive for December, 2006

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Leopard 2007

December 26, 2006

2006 was the start of a great new direction for Leopard, and I’d like to thank WeatherBug again for helping to make it possible. All I can say about 2007 is, “Bring it on!”

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Leopard Feedback

December 20, 2006

Chris Sloop (CTO of WeatherBug) is trying to collect as much Leopard feedback as he can right now, and if you’ve downloaded the WeatherBug version of the software, then you probably already received his e-mail earlier this morning. If you have the time to do so, then please reply to his message and tell him what your thoughts are on Leopard.

As always, you may also send your feedback to the Leopard e-mail address (leopard@weatherbug.com).

Your support is greatly appreciated!

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Interviewed

December 18, 2006

The TechWatch Radio episode that I was interviewed on was broadcast on Saturday, and in case you missed it, I just wanted to let you know that the audio is now archived so that you can listen to the show at your convenience. While we primarily talked about Leopard and its integration with WeatherBug, the conversation also covered some other things that I’m working on right now in addition to some news and viewpoints related to Windows, OS X, and Linux.

The part of the show that I’m on starts at about 7:18 and lasts until 38:45.

Listen Now!

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Comparative Programming

December 14, 2006

While searching for discussion about Leopard, I saw that someone had made a nice addition to Leopard’s Wikipedia page. What they did was write the same program in Leopard and Just BASIC and then they compared the two to show how much simpler Leopard is to use.

If you want to see for yourself how the approach that Leopard takes to programming is different from other versions of BASIC, then be sure to check out this example.

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Leopard 2010?

December 14, 2006

An interesting forum discussion about the next programming language for 2010 has been taking place online, and comments were made about the need for a language that can be used as if it were pure English instead of some overly complicated machine code.

This has always been my goal with Leopard, and forum member stevenp mentions the language near the bottom of the second page of the discussion. In response, kryton9 writes:

“Thanks for the link, never heard about that language. I bookmarked it and sent it off to my friends who want to get into programming but can never get into it. I think this language could be the magic one. I know I will have fun tinkering with it.”

Just like the example above, as we continue to raise Leopard awareness, more and more people will see that Leopard is a fantastic programming language for beginners. We need your help, so please tell others about the benefits of using Leopard!

Where will Leopard be in 2010? I have some ideas, but as of right now, your guess is as good as mine.

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Are You Persuaded?

December 14, 2006

Marketing expert Steve Rubel (of Micro Persuasion) found Leopard to be worthy of a link on a recent roundup of Internet news that he posted on his blog. Thanks, Steve!

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WeatherBug Programs

December 7, 2006

In order to emphasize the simplicity of creating an application that contains a couple of WeatherBug controls, I just wanted to feature this program that was submitted to me by a young student from the United Kingdom named Simon Brown. The program contains the current weather conditions at WeatherBug’s headquarters, and it does this by displaying the live camera image from the top of the building and telling us what the temperature is.

That may sound like fairly complicated stuff, but this is all of the code that was required to make the application functional:

window

window title
Weather

window size
400
400

weatherbug camera
AWSHQ
10
50

weatherbug temperature
20876
10
10

end

The result? See for yourself:

simonapp.JPG

We want to see more weather programs, so please experiment with the commands and your creativity, submit your work to us, and let’s see what you can do!