[PD] $0 in messages (was: Re: difference send and using msg with "; ")

Frank Barknecht fbar at footils.org
Fri Aug 17 12:19:40 CEST 2007

Mathieu Bouchard hat gesagt: // Mathieu Bouchard wrote:

> What about patches that use # or ? or @ to mean something else
> already?
> By treating all character combinations to be valid unless otherwise
> used, Pd has painted itself in a corner about extending
> functionality.  Anything new breaks some compatibility: you can only
> hope that a certain combination of characters is not already in use
> by actual patches, but you can't even know that.

True. That's why I think, adding new meanings should only be
considered for things more urgent. While the slightly different
meaning of $ in message and object context is a bit confusing at
first, it's something that one can get used to quite easily. OTOH I'm
really glad that dollar substitution inside of a symbol instead of
only at the start is possible now, even if that did break some older
patches. This feature is just too convenient to pass by.

 Frank Barknecht                 _ ______footils.org_ __goto10.org__

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