[PD] seperate GUI communication protocol?

Jelle Herold jelle at defekt.nl
Fri Sep 9 15:01:00 CEST 2005

Quoting Tim Blechmann (TimBlechmann at gmx.net):
> > 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)...

yes, that's what I'm looking for. thanks, will look into this.

ps. there's an interesting file on the dyn website, "dyn_py - Python
module for py/pyext". no documentation however...

> > 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 :-/

that's why I asked :-)

thanks again,

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