RunRev's simple coding language tipped to revolutionaise computer science teaching
MOBILE app software developer RunRev has won a new contract with East Lothian Council to roll out its LiveCode software as a high school teaching aid.
LiveCode, a new version of which Edinburgh-based RunRev launched last year, is a simplified coding language which software developers can use to build applications to run on different mobile devices and platforms.
Instead of complex coding language, which relies upon using a mind boggling combination of numbers, symbols and letters, LiveCode works using simple English language commands as its basis.
Jack Tennent, a computer studies teacher at Knox Academy in Haddington and Preston Lodge High School in Prestonpans, says LiveCode could revolutionise computer science teaching.
He said: “The familiarity and comfort factor that young people have with mobile and computing devices means that any computer science course has to be that much more appealing and engaging if it is to be taught successfully.
“Equally the course has to be relevant to the demands and expectations of the commercial world.
“Today software and app development are increasingly a feature in many commercial activities and understanding the art of software development is an essential skill for any secondary school student to learn.
“LiveCode’s easy to understand language and cross-platform nature has the potential to demystify what has been a highly technical and complex subject.
“By doing away with the complexity, LiveCode allows students to learn about software development and create apps that draw on their creativity, flair, passion and imagination.
“For teachers, LiveCode also offers more scope to create tailored teaching aids and course material quickly and easily."
RunRev founder and chief executive Kevin Miller said: “The scope and size of the deal with East Lothian Council is significant for what it says about the way computer studies is viewed and taught in schools.
“Many leading industry figures have commented on the fact that for too long computing courses have concentrated on using software tools rather than understanding how software is created and how it can be applied.
“East Lothian’s investment in LiveCode is an investment in the future knowledge of their students to appreciate the role of software development and apply their skills in a commercial or other environment.”
Kevin Miller launched RunRev in 1999 from a high school hobby idea and began selling the first versions of the LiveCode software, revTalk and revMedia, in 2001
The business soon attracted the backing of two of the biggest names in the computing industry.
Mike Markkula, former chairman of Apple, and Robert Cailliau, the co-developer of the World Wide Web, both became shareholders In RunRev and helped drive the development of revMedia 4.0.
US space agency NASA used a desktop version of another of RunRev's software packages, Revolution, as a software development tool to control satellites from its mission control facility in Texas.
Industry giants such as Motorola, KLM, Siemens, Apple and Adobe also use Revolution to create their own programmes to collate and manage millions of lines of coding information.
RunRev began focusing exclusively on app software development two years ago, and last year LiveCode generated more than £1 million in sales.
The latest version of LiveCode allows developers to build applications from one code base to run on different devices and platforms, such as Apples iOS and Android.