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Joel Leclerc: Some updates

Published Sep 13 2013 via RSS

I thought it might be fun/interesting/possibly useful/useless/whatever to create a post with updates on different projects I’m working on that are related to (or have been posted on) this blog.

Orchestral Tutorial Series

I haven’t posted anything in this tutorial for a really long time. Why? A couple of reasons. First, I needed a break, second, JACK stopped working (once I fix it, I’ll update the first part =P ), and third (also the main reason), is that there didn’t seem to be a great interest in the tutorial series (very few hits per day, if any). Which makes total sense (I’m definitely NOT the best person in this field at all).

So does anyone want me to finish it (the next part is going to be about how to, well, create a track using LMMS… like LMMS basics, that kind of stuff)? If anyone does, I’d be happy to do so. But if there isn’t really any interest (which I would totally understand XD), I probably won’t finish it.


Relinux 0.4 was a disaster. I think that nearly everyone who used it can agree with that. So, instead of trying to fix all of the issues, and constantly fix the architecture, etc… , I’ll rewrite it! Again! This will be the 7th time I’m rewriting it (yes, I kept count =P)! I’m not kidding.

I’m kind of designing it off-and-on (my main priority is SythOS), but it’s definitely going to be better than 0.4!

Some quick notes: I’m debating on whether it’d be a good idea to call it something else, since I’m not really sure that any product is still to be considered the same product after its 7th rewrite… and because I’m not sure I’ll just want to support linux (I really want to make it work on BSD-based distros!).

I’m also not sure if I’m going to be using C, C++, or SyC (see the SythOS section). If I complete SyC before I start working on relinux, it’ll definitely use SyC, however, I’m not sure if I’m going to wait for that long. I know that if it uses C++, it’ll most probably use Qt.


Since I wrote that post on SythOS, I’ve been constantly improving the concept. I’m not going to reveal too much (I’ve had enough of people stealing my ideas… and code), but it’s basically now a fully 3D environment, and everything is editable (without a separate “mode”… if you edit an object, you’ll edit it in real-time). I’ve already figured out how exactly one could create an audio track inside it, same for video, image editing, texturing, gaming (duh), and also, how using SythOS could be much more efficient than using, erm, “normal” solutions. I’ve also figured out most of the “how” of SythOS (i.e. how it’s going to be built, how everything is going to work, etc…).

SythOS is actually going to use a custom programming language, not because it’s impossible to create it using already existing languages (I was almost going to use C++ for it), but because it’d be much faster and easier to use a different language (that I’m designing right now).

The language (named SyC … SythOS C … okay, it’s not a brilliant name … neither is SythOS, for that matter XD) is, well, based on C, but is designed to be more consistent (I got really fed up by the minor inconsistencies with C, since I have OCD =P), and, if used correctly, faster. What? Faster? How? Well, it has an extremely powerful pre-processor… which is literally the language itself! Okay, let me rephrase: Preprocessor instructions are normal code. So it’s theoretically possible to run an entire software inside the preprocessor (why? good question!). But yeah, it’s extremely useful for optimizing code that could be run at compile-time. Also, because of this, it’s theoretically possible to extend the language itself (or even, write code in a separate language, which will compile to SyC) using the pre-processor!

Since it’s very possible that I might have confused you (I’m terrible at explaining things, if you haven’t already noticed =P), I’ll give a code example of what I mean (I haven’t finished designing SyC, so the syntax you see here may very well be changed once SyC is done):

@int foo = (@int var) { // Built-ins are namespaced using "@"
    @return = var + 10; // Return is no longer a keyword, it's a variable!

// If you use # in a variable name, it's now _forced_ to be used as a pre-processor instruction
@CODE #loop = (@int times, @CODE code) {
    @return = "";
    for (int i = 0; i < times; i++) {
        @return += code + ";"; // NOTE: The "+=" and "+" will probably NOT be used in SyC!
                           // This is just an example for the pre-processor, so please ignore that

@char * #error = "ERROR"; // Think of it kind of like:
                          // #define error "ERROR"
                          // If you wanted #define error ERROR , you'd change @char* to be @CODE

@int main = () {
    @return = 0;
    @int var = 10; // NOTE: This'll probably have to be constant... SyC's design is not complete yet!
    @int var2 = foo(var); // This will compile normally... it'll do a function call
    @int var3 = #foo(var); // This will compile as: @int var3 = 20;
    loop(20, // Notice that it is not invoked as #loop ... this is because loop is already marked as a pre-processor instruction!
        var2 += var3;
    ); // This will compile as:
       // var3++;var2 += var3; var3++;var2 += var3; var3++;var2 += var3; etc...

    if (var3 > var2) { // Let's just say this is an error
        @return = 2;

So, back to SythOS (instead of talking about SyC), I am not going to ask for people to help on this project (in contrast to what I did with CosmOS). Reason why, is that the last couple of times I did that, it turned out to be a complete disaster. So I won’t do that again! However, I’m definitely not closed to help. It’s just that I won’t be “requesting” help, persay (I would appreciate it though =P).

I haven’t done any code-work on SythOS, as I’m still trying to finalize the design (especially of SyC, as I’ll need to make a compiler for that before I can actually start working on SythOS itself)

This blog

To be honest, I’m not exactly sure what to do about this blog. I’m definitely not going to delete it, but since I’m not using ubuntu anymore, very few things I do on here relate to ubuntu anymore. Sure, I make some tutorials which talk about how to do stuff on linux, but nothing specific to ubuntu.

I’m not sure whether I should continue doing these kinds of posts here (which are not totally related to ubuntu), or not… Though I guess it isn’t too important of an issue, I’m just wondering, would people mind if I kept doing these (since it is promoted on planet ubuntu and other various ubuntu-related websites… and I definitely don’t want to lose them!)?

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