August 26, 2003 11:22 PM   Subscribe

Finaly, someone's done something cool with client side java.
posted by delmoi (17 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Way cool, thanks delmoi. My favorite so far is Yellowtail. Check it out.
posted by signal at 12:45 AM on August 27, 2003

Ooh, great. One boring thing that would run as well in Flash and wouldn't lock up my Mac while Java crawls into life, and one that didn't work at all.

Oh, and a load of high-falutin' wank about learning environments and photographers meeting coders. In my experience, when photographers meet coders one feels geeky and the other feels superior.
posted by bonaldi at 6:07 AM on August 27, 2003

Okay, this stuff is cool, but can anybody explain to me in simple terms what the point is? Or is this program a way of making "art"? It looks a lot like a winamp AVS program.

Processing is a context for exploring the emerging conceptual space enabled by electronic media. It is an environment for learning the fundamentals of computer programming within the context of the electronic arts and it is an electronic sketchbook for developing ideas.

posted by ashbury at 6:21 AM on August 27, 2003

Wow, very cool. The fluid simulation and smoke are quite cool. GREAT post, thanks!
posted by tomplus2 at 6:21 AM on August 27, 2003

Very nice, delmoi; I always love this stuff. Thanks!
posted by taz at 6:25 AM on August 27, 2003

[An excellent way to pass time while waiting for a stupid airline to pick up the phone!]
posted by soundofsuburbia at 6:26 AM on August 27, 2003

Oooo - I want to try coding with this!
posted by Songdog at 6:35 AM on August 27, 2003

explain to me in simple terms what the point is

As far as I know Processing is some sort of wrapper for Java that simplifies the making of graphics heavy things. I think the original intention was to be a sort of quick sketchpad for software art things.
posted by richard m at 6:49 AM on August 27, 2003

Ooh, great. One boring thing that would run as well in Flash

Right after you bought the tools to create it. It's still pretty new so pardon the boringness of it all, but the idea of keeping the web on open standards is always worth pursuing.
posted by yerfatma at 7:03 AM on August 27, 2003

bonaldi: that's odd, it works fine on MY mac.

As far as your assertion that it would be just as easy in flash... I think it's safe to assume that you're not a programmer. There's some serious math going on here, optimizing it to be fast enough in flash would present one hell of a challenge.
posted by mosch at 7:19 AM on August 27, 2003

Advantages of Processing: (1) compiles to *.jar files, which are easy to pass around; (2) based on Java-like syntax, which is useful for teaching; (3) has a simple, easy-to-start-using programming environment; (4) good results with short scripts; (5) wider range of simulation behaviors; (6) fairly fast; (7) can be used as a library in Java--making it a very easy-to-hack experimental graphics layer atop a robust, portable, VM-based programming language with thousands of pre-existing libraries; (7) totally free and GPL (or will be), making it a viable choice for those who worry about proprietary lock-in.
posted by ftrain at 7:31 AM on August 27, 2003

Kevan Davis's Zombie Infection Simulation was built with Processing.
posted by rory at 7:49 AM on August 27, 2003

The best use of Processing I've seen is flight404.
posted by gwint at 8:00 AM on August 27, 2003

That's hilarious, I was coding in processing this morning, and when I went to take a break and read MeFi, there's a story about the damn thing...

Best thing about it is how responsive the makers are to bugs; new releases almost weekly.
posted by krunk at 9:42 AM on August 27, 2003

Skyline is absolutely beautiful. And thanks for explaining the value of Processing so well for us non-programmers, ftrain.
posted by jokeefe at 10:56 AM on August 27, 2003

Most of this stuff could not be done in flash. At all.
posted by delmoi at 12:04 PM on August 27, 2003

What the hell? Apart from the pretentious babble, this is nothing that wasn't already done to death by 1999.

Everything old is new again, the net has come full circle.

Still looks nice, tho'.

Come to think about it, pretentious babble was pretty common back in '99 too.
posted by spazzm at 3:23 PM on August 27, 2003

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