[PD] (breaking symbols) was Re: find a list of numbers in a text file

Mathieu Bouchard matju at artengine.ca
Sat Sep 10 21:30:32 CEST 2011

On Thu, 8 Sep 2011, Hans-Christoph Steiner wrote:

> Yes, I agree that [float] and [symbol] should also do conversions.  A good 
> example would be Python's str() and float().

I believe that the implicit conversions should be at a lower level than 
that, because then, they can apply all over pd, wherever Type Mismatch 
errors would happen.

>> [set symbol $1(
>> |
>> [ ( <-- What's printed here? ...My documents or ...My\ documents?
> Depends on what the symbol selector does.  If the symbol selector forces the 
> rest of the message to be a symbol, then there wouldn't need to be any 
> backslashes there.  But it would probably be a good idea to have them there 
> anyway.

The problem with relying on the symbol selector for that, is that it is 
limited to cases where you only want to pass a single symbol, which does 
not apply to lists and other.

[set open 1(

I'm trying to store a command for opening a file whose name is just «1». 
This can't use the symbol selector.

[set list 666 383.3801 986.3246(

this list contains two phone numbers I'd like to keep as symbols, but also 
has a user id that I want to keep as float, and we have three elements in 
the same messages, and only one selector at once.

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