"This is going to be a game changer for teaching programming as well as commercial coding, enabling anyone with an interest to begin coding apps for themselves"
Edinburgh, Scotland (PRWEB UK) 5 March 2013
RunRev Ltd today made history with the largest Kickstarter crowd-funded campaign for a UK technology project, and one of the top 10 highest-funded Kickstarter campaigns globally. The LiveCode Next Generation project to create a free and open source edition of the award-winning LiveCode development environment achieved 141% of the £350,000 target, with £493,751 ($746,873) from more than 3,000 backers. With the successful campaign, RunRev will begin immediate work to reengineer the LiveCode platform for open source development, and deliver a cross-platform programming environment that makes it possible for anyone to learn to code.
LiveCode has been described as the successor to HyperCard, a popular programming tool with a strong user community in education, but no longer supported by Apple. RunRev is focused on providing educators, small businesses and individuals the ability to learn coding and create apps far easier and faster than other development environments through its HyperCard-inspired English-like coding language, drag/drop interface and compile-free coding.
More than 25% of all schools in Scotland and many high schools in the U.S. are using LiveCode to teach programming, resulting in an uptake of student interest in computer science courses and student enthusiasm for learning to create their own mobile apps. RunRev will expand LiveCode adoption further across the K-12 education sector with the release of a free and open source edition of LiveCode.
LiveCode is also used commercially to build exceptional software and mobile applications, with both professional and beginning developers citing advantages such as the fast development cycle and ability to deploy from one code base across iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Linux and Server. The LiveCode Next Generation project will lead to the expansion of the core platform with several significant new features and development capabilities. For example, one of the Kickstarter stretch goals was to add Windows 8 Mobile deployment options, which is scheduled to be delivered this year. The open source strategy will enable development contributions by the community to ensure that LiveCode keeps pace with the demands of new technologies and development opportunities.
Kevin Miller, CEO of RunRev Ltd., said, "We are absolutely delighted with the campaign outcome and the support of the development community in our vision. Not only can we now fulfill our mission of making fast and easy coding available to everyone, we exceeded our target in such a way that we will can deliver all of our stretch goals--and more. This is going to be a game changer for teaching programming as well as commercial coding, enabling anyone with an interest to begin coding apps for themselves."
RunRev expects to deliver the first edition of Open Source LiveCode in March, with ongoing work on the project to refactor the LiveCode engine for release in the Fall of 2013.