[PD] Re: Mac OS X installer with library documentation

Krzysztof Czaja czaja at chopin.edu.pl
Mon Mar 28 17:29:22 CEST 2005

hi Hans,

the real problem is namespace pollution.  Just imagine people's
anger, when their patches are broken by someone adding yet another
little odd external to cvs build system, and the name they have
chosen for their abstraction changes meaning without even
a slightest warning.

The predefined set should not exceed a few hundred names, with
every addition carefully thought out and clearly advertised.
Otherwise, Pd will grow into an unmaintainable, amorphous monster,
that collapses under its own weight.

All predefined classes should have their functionality cast in
stone.  Everything else should be explicitly declared for a patch.

The actual evil are not libraries, but using the "-lib" option,
and likewise the "-path" option, as Pd's name resolution mechanism.


Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> Basically all of the issues surrounding using libs can be eliminated by  
> compiling externals as individual objects.  I have been working towards  
> this for a while, so that you don't need to edit any prefs in order to  
> have access to all of the available objects.  The only downside that  
> has been confirmed with the individual files vs. libraries is that  
> someone has to do the work to convert libs into individual objects.  I  

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