File management across tools, Arduino, Max.. github?


    Feb 01 2015 | 12:31 am
    I've had some trouble organising my files and I think I've found everything I need, from a year ago, but am wondering if you have any advice on keeping files together from different software (I think I'll be using Arduino IDE, Max and Processing)
    I like making abstractions too, which of course need to stay in my generic Max Abstractions folder.
    i think I like GitHub, or at least it works well for Arduino code, so would like to have that in the mix too.
    Your advice much appreciated!
    (btw did I post this in the right forum or should it be under 'gear'?)

    • Feb 01 2015 | 5:35 pm
      I think most people wrestle with this. What I do is:
      - append the current date to just about every file or project I start. - save different versions with different dates. - have a 'make' folder on a 1 TB USB drive that contains just about all the crap and nonsense I've ever made, with categories such as 'web', 'windows', 'osx', etc. And then subfolders 'max', 'c++builder', 'arduino', etc. This huge folder is auto backed up to another drive using an rsync command in my crontab:
      # Backup make folder. 22 4,10,16,22 * * * rsync -arutxq /Volumes/440Hz/make /Volumes/Backups/Backups/ &> /dev/null
      - have a Crashplan account that just silently backs up everything in the background all the time.
      So that's the part where I keep everything. As for your basic question: I put Arduino code that is important to a max patch somewhere in the max patch as a comment. At least then, when I open something a year later, I know exactly which Arduino sketch was working with that Max patch.
      Also: comment comment comment! Even the silliest things go into comments. I just have too many projects going on, so I might forget that I have to double-click [midiin] and choose this and that midi in device. So that goes into a comment as well.
      GitHub? Well, I have hesitated to litter it with my code snippets, but I've chosen to use it only for ongoing projects. But I don't see why you shouldn't put your useful scripts in there. Especially when they stand on their own.
      When projects are completely "married" to certain files, where everything belongs together, I also save them together. Ableton Live has a great "Collect All and Save" command. If there's a Max patch that's vital to such a project, I copy it there myself too.
      And for procedures I had to figure out, I just share them on my website: henszimmerman.com. But I've been planning since forever to move all that to other places, like Instructables. Sigh, the working married life with a kid, huh?
      Good luck!
      Anyways, that's just me.
    • Feb 24 2015 | 1:29 pm
      Thanks Hens! I missed your reply so it's a late response from me. So here's where I struggle: I work right now on a project with a specific goal, so I'd want to keep all the files together, across Max, Arduino etc.
      But part of what I develop is really useful for other projects, and I'll probably re-use. it. So I could store that elsewhere - with the risk that I break the program I'm working on now if I make changes in the future
      Or I keep it all in the project but then i'll need to go find 'what was that project where I created a nice modular way of dealing with xxx'
      I suppose professional programmers have a way of dealing with this!