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O'Reilly Network: Linux Audio Plug-Ins: A Look Into LADSPA

Feb 07, 2001, 23:25 (0 Talkback[s])
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"As users, we choose specific applications because their features suit our purposes. As we become more familiar with a program, we want more features added to it, and of course we want it to run faster and smoother. Developers want to serve the needs of end-users, but increasing the internal complexity of an application is not necessarily a good thing, and programmers and users alike recognize the undesirability of feature creep and code bloat."

"Nevertheless, we all want more cool and useful features in our software, giving rise to a dilemma: How do we balance the number and complexity of features against the complexity and manageability of the larger-scale program design?"

"A flexible architecture that allows plug-ins is an elegant solution to this problem, presenting the end-user with a mechanism to control at least some aspects of a program's feature set while giving program developers the opportunity to focus their energy toward creating flexible core engines and program frameworks. In addition, designers of plug-ins can work on developing their processing algorithms without the distraction of resolving interface or operating system dependencies. Everyone wins with plug-ins."

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