[PD] max msp vs pd

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Tue Nov 1 12:13:58 CET 2005

On Tue, 1 Nov 2005, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> On Oct 29, 2005, at 4:24 PM, carmen wrote:
> > but a lot of things that are a limitation in one are a limitation in the
> > other, i mean why do you see so many cases of hacking in languages
> > (javascript in max, everying-but-javascript in pd) instead of
> > extending/flexibilitating the core so that you dont think "damnit, i need
> > ruby for this..."
> I totally agree!  Pd can be a programming platform, it does not need to be
> just an application.  All great programming platforms are written in
> themselves: C, Java, Lisp, SmallTalk, etc. so why not Pd too?  It needs some
> work to accomplish this, but it is within reach.

It takes a really long arm to have it within reach. (How many elbows?)

But I'm definitely not giving up.

And certainly it's a good start to make more abstractions. E.g. when I
wanted to rewrite Ruby in Ruby, I didn't have the skills nor the guts to
attack the meat of the problem, that is, the interpreter itself; but still
I started working on the project: I started with easy parts. I recoded a
lot of C code as Ruby code so that it becomes easier in the future to make
not only a Ruby-in-Ruby interpreter, but also a Ruby-in-whatever

Mathieu Bouchard - tél:+1.514.383.3801 - http://artengine.ca/matju
Freelance Digital Arts Engineer, Montréal QC Canada

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