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[news] Chuck- (chimera) is available

From:: http://chuck.cs.princeton.edu/

ChucK is, at last, 64-bit compatible.

Lack of native 64-bit support has been a long standing issue with ChucK, and many people in our community over the last few years have contributed to making this happen.  They include Kassen for his ever helpful voice of reason, Paul Brossier (who did a 64-bit port of ChucK to ubuntu, a port that this release is largely based upon), Stephen Sinclair, who also provided a comprehensive and well-executed 64-bit port, and more recently Robin Haberkorn, who has jumped into the ChucKian development fire, as well as Michael Wilson — your initiative and insights have definitely helped to make this happen.  There have been many helpful discussions on chuck-users and chuck-dev, at CCRMA, as well as much encouragement and support from friends and colleagues like Fernando Lopez-Lezcano.  … Of course, had we/I architected the VM instructions to not make integer, float, and pointer size assumptions in the first place in 2006 with ChucK 1.2, it would have made things quite a bit easier for everyone.  Yeah… Oops.

This is the very first release of ChucK that natively support 64-bit as well as 32-bit.  There are a few additional features (and likely a few new, uh, “features”).  I imagine a few hot-fixin’ rapid incremental releases might be needed.  We have tried to test this thoroughly, in particular on Linux and Mac OS X, and less so on windows.  To be totally honest, we have not been able to even test compilation for 64-bit on windows – if someone out there with access to 64-bit windows (XP or Windows7) who can give this a shot, that would be much appreciated!  In general, users of all supported systems, please let us know if/how well this works for you!

Part 2 — on the way!

Not unlike the final installment of the Harry Potter movies, or perhaps the video game ->Final<- Fantasy XIII (there is a FF XIII-2 and what is effectively FF XIII-3 was just announced), this release will take place in multiple parts, mostly because Spencer is traveling to ICMC in Ljubljana, Slovenia, where he will present our paper on Chugins, Chugens, and Chubgraphs.  Also, there is a little bit more work to do for 64-bit miniAudicle, so that’s going to come in CK, part 2, and probably from Slovenia (it seems only fitting to release ChucK from the international computer music conference).  Also, our dear friend Graham Coleman has asked about a chuck-1.3 version of (gasp) Audicle, so there might be a, part 2, b.

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