[PD] pd extended development

marius schebella marius.schebella at gmail.com
Tue Apr 15 21:26:19 CEST 2008

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> Lots of people contribute, but I am the person who manages the 
> releases.  Any help is welcome.  The path/import/declare stuff is 
> currently a half-complete effort of Miller's and mine.

is there a page where this idea is documented? how is it supposed to 
work in the future? I still don't know. will I have to include declare 
in every patch that I write???

> Basically up until recently, I was pursing Pd-extended as a proof of 
> concept for building libraries as standalone binaries in directories 
> instead of all compiled into one binary.  I think that clearly works, so 
> now it is time to clean things up into a coherent package.

It doesn't work for abbreviations.

> I document what I can here:
> http://puredata.info/docs/developer/


> I don't really know what else needs to be documented.  One way to find 
> out is when people start to contribute, then they find shortcomings that 
> we can fill in.

well, it would be nice if there was some documentation of which 
libraries and objects are included, how to handle all the path problems, 
which paths and libs are loaded by default how to load the other 
libs/externals. filessystem layout, platform compatibility, which 
libraries do *not* work on which os. what additional features you added 
to pd-extended (advanced helpmenu, advanced tcltk interface 
(colorscheme...), differences in shortcuts, closing, ..... all that.


> .hc
> On Apr 15, 2008, at 2:15 PM, marius schebella wrote:
>> Hi,
>> is it true, that only hans is working on the pd-extended releases? are
>> there other maintainers?
>> I got the impression in the past that pd-extended is very useful (and I
>> personally use it a lot), but development for it is also very cryptical
>> and almost hidden like a secret. and often things are implemented that
>> seem to be good ideas, but do not really work (like the whole
>> path/import stuff).
>> maybe hans, if you could provide more information and documentation
>> about pd-extended and how the whole integration of libraries works then
>> more people would be able to help you and development would be more
>> consistent. what is the direction that you want to go?
>> for me pd-extended is the attempt to create a pd distribution that
>> includes as many as possible external libraries in addition to pd
>> vanilla. I love most of the things in pd-ext, although there is still a
>> lot of work that needs to be done...
>> marius.
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