Tips for New Developers
- Ask lots of questions and don't be afraid to look a divvy! It's a learning process and like I tell my students, 'if you don't understand (after a reasonable amount of effort), ask somebody who can help!'.
- Use the same tools other people are using.
- Post error messages when asking for help, but try and select relevant bits.
Platform Specific Guides
Getting Audacity building on Linux is usually trouble-free because the right tools are there in the environment, or can be found and installed easily. The same isn't really true for Windows and the win/compile.txt file provided with the Audacity source code assumes you know quite a lot about how stuff works under the bonnet, and about Visual Studio.
- Developing On Windows
- Developing On Linux and Compiling Audacity Step by Step Guide
- Developing On Mac
More about Digital Sound
There are articles on the web ranging from beginners guides on how sound is represented in a computer to research papers on DSP algorithms.