[PD] seperate GUI communication protocol?

Tim Blechmann TimBlechmann at gmx.net
Fri Sep 9 13:01:56 CEST 2005

> I am trying to remove the Tk gui from pd and use it just as an engine
> and do the patch editing programatically, i.e. replace the GUI by a
> (python) program.
> Reading through the pd sourcecode it seemed to me that the Tk gui is
> seperated from the pd core and communication takes place through a
> socket. Is this right, or am I completely off?
well, if you're just building a user interface for a patch, then just
use the -gui command line flag and build your python gui in py/pyext ...

the socket-communication between pd's kernel and the gui is one of the
weakest parts of pd ... using a threaded py/pyext, you won't need to
use this bottleneck ... 

if you think of writing a patch editor, it's more complicated ... but
it would also be possible using a pyext object (that's providing the
gui) and a dyn~ object (providing the patching environment)...

> Finally, is there some general document on the pd software
> architecture / implementation?
i never counted, but i guess there are about 200 lines of comments in
the pd source code :-/

cheers ... tim

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