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Introducing NetLingo

It's great that lots of Lingo is now network fluent, but Director has yet another tier of scripting capabilities to offer. There's a whole genre of Lingo developed specifically for the online environment, called NetLingo. In the early days of Shockwave (Director 5), some of these elements were called Lingo network extensions, and they were presented as not strictly Lingo. Today these commands, keywords, and functions are official parts of the Lingo vocabulary, although their syntax often differs from that of non-network Lingo.

The differences are inevitable, since NetLingo needs to shuttle back and forth between two worlds: that of the end user's host operating system (Windows or Mac OS) and that of the server's system (more often UNIX or Windows NT). It's a good idea to approach NetLingo as a distinct dialect; pay special attention to deviations from what you've come to expect in scripting. Error messages don't always bridge the gap between the realms. If something goes wrong, you may be left with no clues as to the culprit.


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