Greetings from the lurker's pool
tnovelli at gmail.com
Sat Mar 15 07:31:36 PDT 2008
Welcome back, Derek...
I think Lisp is the way to go for rewriting your compiler. I messed
around with C, Forth, Assembler for years before I realized that the
would be better for parser/compiler experimentation. But those have
problems too, problems the Lisp/Scheme community solved a long time
ago because they weren't distracted by syntax. I switched over to PLT
MzScheme a few months ago and I'm very pleased with it; it's clean but
not minimalist, with all the good qualities of Python except for terse
Tunes itself is slow these days but Lisp is making a comeback. If you
were to get comfortable with Lisp/Scheme this year, I think you'd be
well prepared to contribute when we finally get the ball rolling. And
if you have anything to offer in the meantime, great. We're planning
to set up a GIT repository to share our little hacks... pretty soon.
Speaking of midi, I just stumbled across 'aeolus', a pipe organ
synthesizer. The setup was tough but the sound was impressive!
> I have been following TUNES for maybe 10 years or so, on and off. I haven't
> been on the mailing list for most of that time, though I did post early on.
> The last few days I've been skimming the websites and archives to get up to
> speed, and decided to reintroduce myself.
> As for my background, most of my experience is with c/c++. I have a little
> (but not much) experiance in plenty of other languages, and recently I've
> been working to become more proficient with CL. I am something of a
> generalist I suppose. I use all of FreeBSD, Linux, and windows as my
> operating systems, and do some fairly light-duty network administration type
> work as well. A long time ago (as part of a class), wrote an almost-working
> compiler. I had left the design open for retargetability (if that is a
> word), as well as having multiple input languages as well. However, I found
> that the way I organized it, the code became far to unwieldy after a while.
> This is what I was actually trying to avoid when I planned the system out,
> and at first it appeared to work brilliantly. I have always been interested
> in reworking this in another, more flexible or extensible language (like
> Lisp). I did come across a project to add aspect oriented programming to a
> c++ environment, and it was interesting because the author(s) inspiration
> for it was almost identical to my experience (they wrote a compiler using
> the same ideas I did, and ran into the same problem). However, I'm weary
> now about using c++ for a project like this...
> I also had a project to implement my own "modular synth" audio and midi (and
> eventually video or any data stream) system, much like puredata and max/MSP
> (and there are several others), which never got far off the ground. Apart
> from these I read a lot, though I am underread compared with many on this
> list, I'm interested with pretty much all software engineering type topics,
> and especially anything high level, abstract, and grandiose.
> I am curious what sort of work is being done most actively right now?
> I'd also like to hear suggestions of where to contribute if anyone has them.
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