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Hackety hack

On the topic of interesting and easy programming platforms,

I just discovered Hackety hack, whichs is programming platform based on ruby on rails.

Just downloaded it, and had a look around, seems like very good place to start to learn any kind of programming on your own. Some easy tutorials and intros are included.

If interested follow the link and give it a shot.


Processing.js

I am always interested
when something new with coding and art comes out. A little time ago
I noticed that the javascript version of Processing (check:
href=”http://processingjs.org/”>Processingjs.org
) has
finally hit 1.0 version. I have been testing it a little and Im
quite happy about it. Heres some of my thoughts on the
subject.

What Processing?


style=”color: #888888;”>For those that word Processing doesn’t
ring any bells, it’s a fairly simple programming language created
for artists, designers and non-programming people. It skips all the
bit boring parts of programming and focuses on the fancy stuff,
like visuals and interactivity. It’s a great intro to the world of
programming, but also very powerful platform to creat visual art on
its own. Processing has quite large community and different
ecternals and libraries has extended its use in many, many ways. Oh
and it’s free. Check it out

title=”Processing.org” href=”http://processing.org/”
target=”_blank”>here.


style=”color: #888888;”>Why would I need the javascript
version?

What makes me excited about the javacript version is
that it’s so easy to embed in many different web–based things. For
example in this wordpress post:

style=”color: #888888;”>It’s easy and great way to share some
sketches and also get your work shown. Also it’ll run on any modern
browser and is based on html5 and css.

Some
thoughts:

There is some issues at least Safari and processing.js
and not all the processing sketches work properly. Specially theres
some issues with displaying fonts, specially in WordPress. All in
all, Im glad there’s such an easy way to show your processing
sketches on your own websites. (There is of
course

href=”http://www.openprocessing.org/”> open processing’s
webpage

where its easy to share processing sketches, but I really like the
idea to easily share them on my own.) This way it’s interesting to
make your own online exhibitions with your work and control the
whole user experience.

Painting with code

Painting is a process mostly done with brushes and paint. It has certain feeling about it. YOu can feel the canvas, it’s richness, it’s texture etc. You can smell the paint, feel it and see the concrete work you have done. Painting is physical act.

Painting with digital media has not interested me before, because it lacks the feel of the material. Most programs just try to imitate normal medias of painting. But they lack the odor, the richness and also the physical act feels incomplete. There is nothing material in digital painting. only something on the screen.

Lately I have been interested in alternative ways to use the power and capabilites of digital media. And this has been done through coding. Some easy code languages such as processing gives you the basic tools for accesing computer and digital media. This kind of basic components gives you (or at least me) more the feel that I am doing something, that I am in control of the media, or at least understand it. For me coding seems to be the missing brush for digital media.

This blog is somewhat of a diary of thoughts concerning coding, digital art, and art in general seen through the possibilites coding gives me.