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Fri Apr 8 10:54:04 EDT 2016

Structural editor

Let's do this properly.  Any change to the emacs buffer will propagate
to racket.  Ideally it should parse incrementally, but there doesn't
seem to be a good reason to do it different than the dumb way: send it
the whole thing on every keystroke.

No this will be too complicated.  It is important to keep the end
result in mind: allow numeric parameter updates without making
structural changes.  This is a necessary optimization: incremental
compilation isn't fast enough to keep up with a 50 Hz update rate.

So the basic idea is to keep two models in sync:

- Emacs buffer with textual representation

- Compiled form + parameter values.


To make this work, start both from the same point = the source file.
Go back to that point whenever an invariant is broken.

Distinguish these kinds of edits:

  - Number control events, e.g. from an external midi controller or
    using emacs to modify the current number under edit.

    This is structure-preserving, but needs to update the number
    literals in the representation.
  
  - Any other arbitrary code change.

    If it parses to the same structure a parameter update can be
    performed.  Else a recompilation is necessary.


I wonder if geiser can be used to do this.  Likely there are at least
some communication primitives to be reused.




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