[PD] Pd-list Digest, Vol 46, Issue 108

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Sat Jan 31 17:17:35 CET 2009

On Sat, 31 Jan 2009, Ingo Scherzinger wrote:

> I agree with pasting to the same window the cursor position would be the 
> best solution. But please leave it the way it is for different windows. 
> I always copy objects that have been changed to almost identical windows 
> and they are right in the spot where they belong. Changing this 
> behaviour would be very annoying if you're doing things like this.

I believe that in general you shouldn't have to make copy-paste like that, 
and a language is called "powerful" when it allows you to avoid the 
copy-paste and instead replace it with a more concise description of 
what's going on. In Pd this is made using something called "abstractions".

But Pd not being so powerful in that sense of the word, there are also 
many situations where you have to copy-paste, and many situations where 
it's simpler to copy-paste than to try to contort the thing into something 
abstractable the pd way. There are also situations that are not really 
worth abstracting in any language.

If you already know all of this, I'm sorry to say it, and in any case, I 
can only hope that some people will benefit from this email...

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