[chuck-users] static strings and the future

Joel Matthys jwmatthys at gmail.com
Tue Jan 16 11:46:06 EST 2018


It would be good to hear from the devs about what ChucK is up to right 
now, but I want to point out that development hasn't stopped. The GitHub 
source code repo shows quite a few changes were just checked in, 
including what appears to be a new "chuck-engine-2017." I just pulled 
the changes and I'm curious to read the source code and see if there's 
are new features or a performance bump.

I would say that there is a need for improved documentation--always a 
huge problem in FOSS--and the recent Kadenze courses and book are a move 
in the right direction. It would be really nice to have some updates 
from the devs and a way to build the community around ChucK. Maybe 
that's more on us than the devs.


On 01/13/2018 05:19 AM, mario buoninfante wrote:
> Hi,
> I'd like to ask the same question about the development status.
> the only thing I can say is that also if the development seems to be a 
> bit stuck, on the other side I noticed that they're pushing on the 
> educational side (see Kadenze courses), and if you look at the github 
> repository, there's been some update in the last 2 years.
> but as you guys said, it's important to know what's the plan ;)
> it's a couple of years I'm really diving into ChucK and I strongly 
> believe that is a good programming language which opens up a lot of 
> possibilities that other languages don't.
> but at the same time I feel like it's been a bit abandoned (maybe 
> that's a huge word, let's say put aside ;) ) and of course using a 
> "tool"  which has an "uncertain future" it's not the best thing.
> I wish I was able to offer my contribution to the development, but 
> unfortunately I'm not really into C/C++, I'm more a "scripting 
> language guy" :)
> btw, it would be nice to hear what developers and/or other users have 
> to say about it.
> cheers,
> Mario
> On 12/01/18 22:14, Gonzalo wrote:
>> Yes, I'm wondering the same thing. There's a Facebook group 
>> (https://www.facebook.com/groups/1593843507578422/) but it doesn't 
>> look super active either.
>> As far as static strings: I'm pretty sure you just can't have static 
>> non-primitives. What are you trying to achieve?
>> Cheers,
>> Gonzalo
>> On 13.01.18 00:20, Atte wrote:
>>> Hi
>>> I've been away for a long time and surprised that activity seems to 
>>> have slowed down a lot, both on the development of new releases 
>>> chuck and the life of this list. Am I looking at the wrong places? 
>>> What's the status of chuck development now and in the future?
>>> I really like chuck (mostly the timing and sporking including 
>>> Machine.add()), should I look other places for a language that will 
>>> privide a more secure future? I'm on linux and looked at Csound, 
>>> Super Collider and PD, each has it's challenges in how I work 
>>> (realtime generative and algorithmic MIDI), python seems to have 
>>> realtime problems (garbage collection at random points). Any idea 
>>> what former chuck users have switched to now?
>>> Back to chuck! A problem that I never been able to solve, static 
>>> strings:
>>> public class A {
>>>      "b" @=> static string B;
>>>      public static void C(){
>>>     <<<B>>>;
>>>      }
>>> }
>>> That throws an error, how would I go about what I'm trying to do?
>>> Cheers
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