[PD] puredatabase

Hans-Christoph Steiner hans at eds.org
Wed Feb 14 06:03:49 CET 2007

Whether this info is stored in Pd patches or XML files won't make a  
difference to how searchable it is.  Once we have meta data, we can  
build searchable databases from it in whatever format proves useful.

Every object should have a help file, for that and other reasons, it  
is a natural place to put the META data.  Then it is maintainable by  
anyone who knows Pd (no need to learn any other format) and there are  
no extra files to keep track of.


On Feb 8, 2007, at 10:20 AM, marius schebella wrote:

> two or three other arguments to keep that main base of help/object  
> data outside of the pd helppatches:
> when we keep all data about objects in a central database then  
> editing could be done online, probably with undo function, popdown  
> menus, free tagging would be easier, because you can query all  
> existing tags.
> SEARCHEABLE!!! it is so much easier to search on a page than in a  
> patch.
> marius.
> Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
>> On Feb 6, 2007, at 8:25 PM, David Powers wrote:
>>> On 2/6/07, Steffen <stffn at dibidut.dk> wrote:
>>>> And a suggestion: It might be good to debate here how the database
>>>> should be designed to best do it job. Fx. would it be an idea to  
>>>> make
>>>> a set of (not necessarily disjunkt/non-intersecting) categories/
>>>> labels objects/libs could fit in - like math, audio, control,  
>>>> graphic
>>>> (inspired by http://puredata.info/dev/PdLibraries)? I mean, there
>>>> must be a quite a few opinions on how the database could be  
>>>> organized
>>>> in order to be of most use.
>>> It would be nice if things could be "tagged" with keywords, rather
>>> than categorized. That way, there's no need to think of every  
>>> category
>>> or decide on all keywords in advance, people could add keywords to
>>> objects as they saw fit.
>> Yeah, that's the idea.  Though there isn't really a way to do a  
>> user- generated taxonomy, only a developer generated taxonomy.   
>> Really, it would be generated by who ever writes the help patches.
>> .hc
>>> ~David
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