Programming is Fun Again with Processing
Have you heard about Processing? I was introduced to it indirectly through the Arduino microcontroller board I picked up a few months ago, which uses a variant of Processing for its development environment. Processing is essentially a Java-like language oriented primarily toward programming in a visual context: i.e. making graphics. It might also be the most fun I’ve had programming anything since I wrote a Mandlebrot set generator in CBM Basic for my Commodore 64. The immediacy of seeing something happen graphically as you code is like getting a cookie every time you hit “compile”.
Having a few days off over the holidays means I’m able to spend time playing with code a little, so I wrote what the Processing folks call a “sketch”. Here is the result (you’ll need a Java plugin):
Fun stuff! And I haven’t even touched the 3D portions of the API, which look very tempting.
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