Now that Max for Live is part of the Live 9 Suite, more and more users will have it. If you're one of them and want to start programming with it, there are a few video tutorial series that are very helpful. The following series by Berkleemusic instructor Loudon Stearns explains the Max for Live API Basics by means of the "Quantize Mapper" Max for Live device.

The "Quantize Mapper" was envisioned by AfroDJMac and realised by Loudon Stearns. You can download it here.

Max for Live API Basics

Part 1 - Quantize Mapper Design

Part 2 - Live Object Model

Part 3 - Messages and Live.path

Part 4 - live.object

Part 5 - Message variables

Part 6 - live.text

Part 7 -

Part 8 - append and route

Part 9 - Live API devices review

This way for heaps more Max for Live devices & tips.