[PD] Idiomatic Pd

Thomas Mayer thomas at dergrossebruder.org
Tue Jul 29 21:53:27 CEST 2008

Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:
> On Jul 29, 2008, at 2:04 PM, Frank Barknecht wrote:
>> I really cannot see where you got the impression that I'm squelching
>> Luke's suggestion, when I briefly expressed a certain personal
>> scepticism regarding style guides in two sentences of currently three
>> much longer mails in this thread, which I considered to be  
>> constructive,
>> at least as brainstorming fodder or to give some motivations on how  
>> and
>> why my personal style evolved the way it did.
>  From this sentence:
> "I'm not too much in favour of a style "guide" however. Let people be  
> creative."
> Maybe I overreacted. I think there is a lot of negative tone on this  
> list, I am sure I have contributed to that as well.  I think we  
> should encourage people to try things more than telling them its  
> wrong before they have started.
> Or maybe I'm just a fucking hippie... "peace 'n' love dude!"

Although I am more or less just a lurker on this list, and sometimes an
asker of stupid questions, not to mention a person with too messy
patches, I find the idea of a style guide very good, and here is my

As most of us Pd users think of Pd as a programming language, then Pd
should have one or more style guides just as any other programming
language, so other people's patches (read: source code) are easy to read
to you. You do not need to have a definite style guide, just as there
are several indent styles for functional programming languages, there
may be several styles for Pd programming, but guidelines for newbies are
a Good Thing (tm), as you can't teach an old dog new tricks.

Just my two cents,
"Prisons are needed only to provide the illusion that courts and police
are effective. They're a kind of job insurance."
(Leto II. in: Frank Herbert, God Emperor of Dune)

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