[PD] Re: pure == slow, impure == fast ? was purepd

derek holzer derek at x-i.net
Sun Nov 20 12:18:13 CET 2005

Frank Barknecht wrote:

> I don't want to forbid using externals at all, using - and writing -
> externals is as much part of Pd as patching is. However an external is
> a black box. Unless you know C, you cannot change its behaviour, even
> if you only want to add a little feature. Also seeing the algorithm at
> work in a graphical format can help with understanding it. You don't
> even need a help patch to see, how many abstractions work. 

I'm in total agreement here. One thing that makes PD accessible to 
otherwise non-programmers is the difference between a written syntax and 
a visual one. And more often than not, artists think visually. Laying 
out more of the basic, underlying structure of PD in a visual form , and 
allowing them to make changes in it visually, DOES help them understand 
it better.

> Unfortunatly there is nothing that can replace [pool] and [OSC] in Pd
> yet, and I don't want to ditch OSC support in RRADical and I cannot
> ditch [pool], which is a constant pool of trouble for non-technically
> inclined users. :(

Perhaps [col] is a possibility? I don't know if it can replicate all the 
functionality of [pool], but it is easier to compile. It's still an 
external, however, and it would be great to see this kind of stuff 
handled more easily in PD some day.



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