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Aside from dabbling in BASIC on his old Atari 1040ST years ago, Leslie's programming experience didn't really begin until he discovered the Internet in the late 90s. There he found a treasure trove of information about two of his favorite interests: MIDI and sound synthesis.
 
After spending a good deal of time calculating formulas he found on the Internet for creating new sounds by hand, he decided that an easier way would be to program the computer to do the work for him. This led him to learn C. He discovered that beyond using programming as a tool for synthesizing sound, he loved programming in and of itself.
 
Eventually he taught himself C++ and C#, and along the way he immersed himself in the ideas of object oriented programming. Like many of us, he gotten bitten by the design patterns bug and a copy of GOF is never far from his hands.
 
Now his primary interest is in creating a complete MIDI toolkit using the C# language. He hopes to create something that will become an indispensable tool for those wanting to write MIDI applications for the .NET framework.
 
Besides programming, his other interests are photography and playing his Les Paul guitars.
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GeneralApplying Generic Programming to Runtime Polymorphism PinmemberLeslie Sanford22-Feb-10 10:28 
GeneralGeneric Programming [modified] PinmemberLeslie Sanford19-Jul-08 5:53 
GeneralOff-topic PinmvpRajesh R Subramanian19-Jun-09 12:48 
GeneralRe: Off-topic PinmemberLeslie Sanford19-Jun-09 19:06 
GeneralEnsuring Object State [modified] PinmemberLeslie Sanford27-Jun-07 8:00 
GeneralEvolution of Messaging PinmemberLeslie Sanford19-Oct-06 5:15 
GeneralEnumerators as Synthesizer Components PinmemberLeslie Sanford20-Sep-06 20:53 
GeneralAnonymous Methods as Glue PinmemberLeslie Sanford17-Sep-06 14:30 
GeneralRefining the approach PinmemberLeslie Sanford22-Jan-06 7:52 
GeneralFlowing down the Sink PinmemberLeslie Sanford21-Jan-06 16:45 
Well, I've been all over the place on how to implement flow-based programming in C#. I've discovered several ways of doing it, a couple of which you can read about in my previous blog entry.
 
What I've settled on is an approach inspired by the System.Runtime.Remoting.Channels namespace. This namespace uses the concept of sinks and sink chains. You have a chain of objects that process messages. Well, that's very much like what I'm trying to accomplish with my MIDI toolkit!
 
So I've created a set of sink interfaces, one for each message type. Classes that implement these interfaces can be placed in a chain of objects which process MIDI messages. For example, take the IChannelSink from the MIDI toolkit:
 
public interface IChannelSink
{
    void ProcessMessage(ChannelMessage message);
 
    IChannelSink NextChannelSink
    {
        get;
        set;
    }
}
 
This represents the basic functionality for an object to serve in a sink chain. An example of chaining objects together:
 
InputDevice inDevice = new InputDevice(0);
UserSink userSink = new UserSink();    // Some user defined channel sink.
ChannelStopper stopper = new ChannelStopper();
OutputDevice outDevice = new OutputDevice(0);
 
inDevice.ChannelSink = userSink;
 
userSink.NextChannelSink = stopper;
 
stopper.NextChannelSink = outDevice;
 
// Start processing messages.
inDevice.StartRecording();
 
The chain begins with an InputDevice class. This class doesn't actually implement the IChannelSink interface since it is the first link in the chain. It simply receives messages and does not process them.
 
The second object in the chain is a hypothetical user defined sink. This sink processes messages in a user defined way.
 
The ChannelStopper sink keeps track of any sounding notes. When the flow of messages stop, the stopper's AllSoundsOff method can be called to stop any sounding notes so that they are not left hanging.
 
And finally, the output device serves as the last link in the chain. It simply sends the messages to an output device.
 
So after much consideration, I think I've settled on the way in which I want to implement flow-based programming in C#.
 
BTW, this implementation looks a lot like the Chain of Responsibility design pattern. The main difference is that this approach is about processing messages rather than handling requests, but they are very similar.
 

GeneralFlow-Based Programming in C# PinmemberLeslie Sanford29-Dec-05 13:07 
GeneralCombining Visitor, Observer, and Iterator PinmemberLeslie Sanford25-Dec-05 21:29 

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