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Liquidsoap: A High-Level Programming Language for Multimedia Streaming

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Executive Summary

Generating multimedia streams, such as in a netradio, is a task which is complex and difficult to adapt to every users' needs. The authors introduce a novel approach in order to achieve it, based on a dedicated high-level functional programming language, called Liquid-soap, for generating, manipulating and broadcasting multimedia streams. Unlike traditional approaches, which are based on configuration files or static graphical interfaces, it also allows the user to build complex and highly customized systems. This language is based on a model for streams and contains operators and constructions, which make it adapted to the generation of streams.

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