How to really contribute to BYOND? This is not a post to demotivate you. However, it is to motivate you to fully take advantage of BYOND's language. Think about it. All we do is create games and games, we never look at what else we can do! We can create applications with BYOND, that will make life easier. For example, you can use BYOND to edit your SQL database, linked to your website to display information? I know it is not a big idea, however it is an application!
On this topic, I might create a paid contest to see how creative you all can get with creating useful applications! I'll probably make a post in the Contest section. However, if this idea does not get enough support, I'll be forced to cancel it. I dont really wish to create a contest that will have two entries only, remember Poplava's?
Now, back on topic. I said that this idea is a good way to contribute to BYOND, let me explain why. BYOND is looked at as a 'Super easy language with everything built-in for creating anime or RPGs.' BYOND was not made to create games only, it can do what most other languages do! Creating useful applications, with such language that is not rather complicated and appreciates creativity will drag people to BYOND who are not just looking for a game-development software.
BYOND can even be taught at schools, a friend of mine's brother is learning SCRATCH. Scratch is the easiest language ever. Its not even a language! Google search it if you are interested in comparing BYOND's DML to Scratch. Comment, tell me your opinion on this topic.
note: Tools such as 'School Grade Calculator' are rather dumb and will certainly not be allowed in the contest if it does occur.
Feb 5 2012, 8:32 pm