[OpenSCAD] Openscad Indirect Functions

otto otto at 123phase.com
Tue Oct 18 01:37:10 EDT 2016

Thanks for kind words and encouragement.

> Also there's always the concern of breaking scripts, so
> syntax changes are slower than other changes.

The changes are small.

I am nearly sure all old scripts will work with this syntax addition.
On the other hand, until it has been further tested, I am very shy about
guaranteeing the code will work everywhere.


On Mon, 17 Oct 2016 23:56:04 +0200
Torsten Paul <Torsten.Paul at gmx.de> wrote:

> On 10/17/2016 10:26 PM, otto wrote:
> > I am somewhat concerned that my syntax will be passed
> > by on the next newer and better version of OpenScad and
> > will be obsolete.
> >
> Trying this out will help to get a feeling of how it works
> and maybe find potential issues, that's very useful.
> For integration we should try finding a way that is
> compatible with the ideas for a future language version.
> It's likely going to be quite some time until a new
> language version will happen, still making the task
> unnecessary difficult is not a good idea.
> > It seems that there is very little work going on at the
> > moment to expand the syntax.  That speaks loads about the
> > excellent quality of the current syntax and code, since
> > it is clearly being used widely.
> >
> I can only speak for myself, but the reason for very little
> going on is totally to blame on lack of spare time.
> Also there's always the concern of breaking scripts, so
> syntax changes are slower than other changes.
> > This is only for the sake of making it easy to download
> > an compile reliably. I am unfamiliar with github and the
> > ethics of cooperation on the open source site, so forgive
> > me and inform me if this is the wrong approach to getting
> > new code into the world and tested.
> >
> Working from github certainly makes things easier, I'll
> try to build some special Windows snapshots for people
> who just want to give it a try. Might take a couple of
> days though...
> If you want to chat a bit more interactively, you can
> find Marius (nickname kintel) and me (nickname teepee)
> quite often in the #openscad IRC channel on freenode.
> Just say hello and hang around a bit, someone will
> notice eventually.
>   http://webchat.freenode.net/?channels=openscad
> Small note on git/github usage, it will probably help to
> work on changes in a separate branch instead of directly
> using master. It's usually better to merge things in
> smaller changes that belong to a single topic (via pull
> requests). If everything is just committed to master,
> it's much more complicated as everything is mixed together.
> > Who else is working on the OpenScad C++/parser code here
> > and what are they doing?
> >
> I'm not aware of bigger changes going on in the parser,
> I think the latest bigger change was about better line
> number tracking and that is in master now.
> ciao,
>   Torsten.
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