string as message argument in c object

    Jul 09 2013 | 5:36 pm
    Hi everybody,
    I´m VERY newbie to C and to creating externals. I need to pass a string as a messages argument. In this external, when I send the message ' getText "a simple string" ' the method getText must send exactly the same string to the Max window. I only get weird symbols (always different ones in every max session). The external code is in the attachment.
    I suppose this a very simple question (related maybe to proxies), but I'm blocked here after readings tutorials and forum threads.
    Thanks in advance for your help.
    José López-Montes

    • Jul 09 2013 | 7:00 pm
      Hi there,
      you need to declare your t_symbol as a pointer.
      Here is your corrected code:
      ////////////////////////// object struct
      typedef struct _genomus
      t_object s_obj;
      long s_value;
      t_symbol *x_getText;
      long m_outlet;
      void *s_proxy;
      } t_genomus;
      ///////////////////////// function prototypes
      //// standard set
      void *genomus_new(t_symbol *s, long argc, t_atom *argv);
      void genomus_getText(t_genomus *x, t_symbol *getText);
      t_class *s_genomus_class;
      int main()
      post("GenoMus - test version\n");
      t_class *c;
      c = class_new("genomus", (method)genomus_new, (method)NULL, sizeof(t_genomus), 0L, 0);
      class_addmethod(c, (method)genomus_getText, "getText", A_SYM, 0);
      class_register(CLASS_BOX, c);
      s_genomus_class = c;
      return 0;
      void *genomus_new()
      t_genomus *x = (t_genomus *)object_alloc(s_genomus_class);
      x->s_proxy = proxy_new((t_object *)x, 1, &x->s_value);
      x->m_outlet = outlet_new((t_object *)x, NULL);
      x->x_getText = NULL;
      return x;
      void genomus_getText(t_genomus *x, t_symbol *getText)
      post("received string: %s", getText->s_name);
      You might also carefully study the code examples that come with the SDK.
      They show a number of useful techniques that you can use in various contexts.
      Let me know if the above code works as you want because I just made the corrections without testing the new code.
      - Luigi
    • Jul 09 2013 | 7:05 pm
      You have to understand the difference between Max symbols and C strings.
      Max symbols are pointers to a data structure that, among other things, contains a pointer to the C string that is associated with the symbol.
      Try this:
      void genomus_getText(t_genomus *x, t_symbol getText)
      post("received string: %s\n", getText->s_name);
      For production code you will need to add safety checks (make sure that getText is not null).
      There is a lot to digest in there, but you probably need to spend more time with the SDK documentation.
    • Jul 09 2013 | 8:03 pm
      since i am currenty going through this, here's a concise external tutorial, albeit dating back to max 4.6 unfortunately :
      and these "Flop" xcode projects by Nicolas Danet are a precious set of dummies for beginners like us :
      and i could advise to begin with doing some tutorials, it might seem long and too much for a beginning, but it is really a timesaver to know some basics about what you are doing.
    • Jul 09 2013 | 10:57 pm
      Thank you very much to all posters for the astonishing quick responses. Luigi, your code is right. As you all say, I must spent a lot of time exploring the SDK. I'm just at the beginning with development.
      See you on the net!