[PD-dev] configuration : .pdrc, preference dialog... s-lang

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Tue Aug 22 02:29:13 CEST 2006

On Aug 15, 2006, at 3:08 AM, Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> On Mon, 14 Aug 2006, Alexandre Quessy wrote:
>> I would like to know where the configuration system of pd is  
>> heading to. I have read many months ago that the ~/.pdrc was  
>> deprecated....
> in DesireData, ~/.pdrc is not deprecated, and there's an editor for  
> it.
> (the first release of DesireData is approaching quickly)

I think you should reconsider.  I think that we should try to make Pd  
more platform-native, which Miller's new prefs stuff is a step towards.


>> I like that system, even though it is not possible to include  
>> comments in it.
> devel_0_39 allows inclusion of comments.
> (however, the DesireData editor strips comments and sort the  
> options in the order that they are in the editor)
>> Maybe a system that would be nice to migrate to is the http:// 
>> www.jedsoft.org/slang/ interpreter, which is somewhat similar to a  
>> simplified C syntax.
> I don't know which part of pd you want to migrate this to. If it's  
> about the configuration system, I'm thinking about using pd  
> messages for everything, in the future.
> Simplified C syntax is only interesting to those who are C  
> programmers. For pd users, it's better to use pd patches. For other  
> people... tastes vary. I prefer Tcl syntax.
> Slang is seldom used. I don't remember any feature of Slang that  
> made it seem like an interesting language. Tcl is already much more  
> used and exciting.
>> I know there are many languages like this one (namely Lua,  
>> processing, etc.) but this one looks nice.
> What makes Lua and Processing looking not nice?
>> For those that like the console to write software,
> Do you want to make a console version of pd? =)
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