Welcome to the Open Ephys project!
This GUI was designed to provide a fast and flexible interface for acquiring and visualizing data from extracellular electrodes. It's still lacking many features, and isn't yet robust enough for widespread release, but the overall framework will make it easy to extend.
Everything is written in C++, with the help of the Juce library. Juce is lightweight, easy to learn, and completely cross-platform. What's more, it includes a variety of classes for audio processing, which have been co-opted to process neural data. It might be necessary to create custom data processing classes in the future, but for now, Juce takes care of a lot of the messy bits involved in analyzing many parallel data streams.
This repository contains all of the files (save for a few dependencies) you'll need to compile and run the GUI on Linux and Mac OS X. The makefile (for Linux) and XCode project (for Mac) are located in the Builds/ directory. To build the GUI on Windows, you'll need to use Visual Studio 2012. The Visual Studio project files can be found in the Builds/ directory, and Windows dependencies (such as DLLs) are conveniently located in the windeps/ folder.
We recommend reading through the GitHub wiki before attempting to make any changes.
If you want to add files, you'll have to do that through "The Jucer," using the "open-ephys.jucer" file. The Jucer makefiles are located in the JuceLibraryCode/jucer/Builds folder, or as part of the Juce library package on SourceForge.