A good starting point for working with Shoes is the tutorial written by _why.
If you want to experiment, you can copy and paste the 16 sample programs and run them one by one. Don't worry if you don't understand the code yet, just run it and see what happens to the app windows. Although the tutorial does have screenshots, running the samples and maybe playing around with them is a good start to Shoes programming. So do it now, it will help you a lot in understanding this tutorial you are reading right now.
Tip: Quick launch Shoes from the shell
Add the following line to your .bashrc (create it if the file doesn't exist):
alias shoes='/Applications/Shoes.app/Contents/MacOS/shoes' # your path might be different....
Now you can launch a Shoes app from a terminal window like this, thus avoiding going through the open file dialog:
This tip was provided by George Thompson - Saturday, 15 November 2008, POIRPWSC101-1I
Tip: Quick launch Shoes from TextMate
A video that shows how to launch Shoes from within TextMate(http://samuraicoder.net/shoes.mov)
Note: Unfortunately this link does not seem to be working right now.
This tip was provided by Takaaki Kato - Saturday, 15 November 2008, POIRPWSC101-1I
Tip: Quick launch Shoes in Windows
Create a shortcut in the "Tool Bar".
This tip was provided by Victor Goff - Saturday, 15 November 2008, POIRPWSC101-1I
Tip: For users of Ubuntu 8.10
The documentation is no longer correct. It was for Ubuntu 8.04. For Ubuntu 8.10, the required libraries are libvlc-dev and libvlccore-dev instead of libvlc0-dev.
This tip was provided by Jose Carlos Monteiro - Saturday, 15 November 2008, POIRPWSC101-1I
Information about Kate
I use Kate (Kubuntu 8.04 text editor) and it has support for a number of programming languages and a feature that opens a terminal at the bottom of the text area (this height can be adjusted too).
Another thing I like about this is that the terminal is attached to the editor and if you've moved to another directory just close the terminal and open it to be at the new directory.
You may use if you like.
This info was provided by Dave Lilley - Mar 11th, 2009