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About Max/MSP SDK in C

Dec 25 2008 | 8:30 pm


I am planning to take some serious C Programming language courses because of wanting to write some externals for MAX/MSP and Jitter.

I know that C++ is not really the thing for Max/Msp and Jitter because of the API stuff (as far as I know) so, what would you guys and gals recommend me? Any recommendations about books or any site or whatever. I really want to dig it.

Thank you very much for anyone who shares some information about it and thanks all of you upfront.


Dec 26 2008 | 4:34 am

I’m not an expert but this is where i’m at now and here’s some resources i’ve found on C (and C++) programming:

CStandardLib Docs:

But I also bothered to get a copy of Sam’s Teach Yourself C in 21 days, a nice thick detailed book with exercises that get you to learn the concepts well(I recommend you don’t try to finish in only 21 days but take your time instead, seems more fun and beneficial to me, anyways), and it even includes intros to Java and C++…

It seems enough to have a basic understanding of C because quite a bit of writing externals is getting to know the specifics of the API described by the Max SDK. Eventually, the best thing to do is to take an example object’s XCode project and start examining and hacking away at it. One last thing, you will probably get more numerous and comprehensive answers if you ask this question on the "Dev" list(as opposed to the regular "Max/MSP" list) but here’s good, too. Best of luck!

Dec 26 2008 | 1:43 pm

Thank you so much.


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