[PD] Hot inlet position

Miller Puckette mpuckett at imusic1.ucsd.edu
Thu Aug 20 17:27:34 CEST 2009

indeed, that's why I wrote it -- Max and Pd are based on many design
principles that are far from universally shared; by making them explicit
I might help some readers think about their own different ones -- mine
shouldn't be more than a reference point.


> I hope as many people who read that paper can read it critically. Several 
> of the ideas contained therein are detrimental and harmful to the 
> perception and evolution of Pd/Max. Things like: Max isn't a "programming 
> environment", and even less a "real-world programming environment"; 
> features are left out because Max users aren't professional programmers; 
> Max is "lacking any notion of linear control-flow" (whatever that 
> means???); Max doesn't have scoping because musicians don't need it; the 
> idea that object-oriented programming is all about inheritance; elegance 
> in code has nothing to do with making creative music; the computer-science 
> crowd preaches that reuse of code is essential to communicating knowledge; 
> Max somehow opposed itself to computer science; "The computer should 
> ideally feel in the musician's hands like a musical instrument, needing 
> only to be tuned up and then played" (!!!); etc... well I should put a 
> (!!!) after each of those phrases. If you need any justification from me 
> for any item(s) on this list I will provide it (if I did it all upfront, 
> it could be long like a paper).
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