[PD] "Structured" dataflow?

marius schebella marius.schebella at gmail.com
Sat Jan 12 03:00:30 CET 2008

I am not sure, if there are any scholarly articles about structured 
programming style guidelines for visual programming languages.
I've seen only rules-of-thumb.
hey, there is not even a "return" command (to a main program?). only 
inlets and outlets. I am not even sure about the analogy of function, 
class, object when comparing C or C++ to a graphical dataflow 
programming language (which pd is?).
actually, the data is not flowing at all, it is the objects' function 
code that pilgers to the sanctuaries of stored data and accomplishes its 
task there...

Dudley Brooks wrote:
> Can anyone direct me to articles on constructing clear, modular, 
> non-spaghetti patches in pd or other visual dataflow languages? 
> Especially if the articles derive their recommendations from theoretical 
> analysis (as with the investigations that led to structured programming 
> in imperative languages), rather than just rules-of-thumb -- although 
> the latter are useful also.
> Or is some amount of spaghetti unavoidable in dataflow languages, 
> perhaps because it is inherent in the situation being modeled, rather 
> than being an artifact of the language?
> Thanks.
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