MEL How-To #00
I've never done any programing before. What is the best way to start learning how to write MEL scripts? Would courses that teach C, C++ or Java help?
First I'll tell you my background in scripting and coding:
I started with learning BASIC on the Commodore PET machines, circa 1982. In 1983 I bought a VIC-20 and continued BASIC programming. I moved up through the C-64 and the Amiga, where I finally tackled learning C. Once I got into PC-land, I tried my hand at plug-ins for Lightwave, C++ and Java.
From there, MEL was fairly easy to pick up, but consider that was with 15 years of former scripting/programming experience.
MEL has a lot of qualities that are similar to the C programming language, and not as much similar to the Commodore BASIC derivative that I learned. Based on my experience, any knowledge of C helps a great deal when learning MEL. Any C++ extensions to the language, e.g. object-oriented coding, contructor/destructor methods, and overloaded functions, are not at all applicable to MEL.
My best advice, if you don't want to learn a whole programming language just to do some MEL scripting, is to dissect any and all MEL scripts that interest you and figure out how and why they work. I expand on this in another How-To. Add a lot of ‘
04 November 2002
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