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Code as Art, Art as Code. Processing and Ruby are meant for each other.
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= ____ _ ____ _ | _ \ _ _| |__ _ _ | _ \ _ __ ___ ___ ___ ___ ___(_)_ __ __ _ | |_) | | | | '_ \| | | |_____| |_) | '__/ _ \ / __/ _ \/ __/ __| | '_ \ / _` | | _ <| |_| | |_) | |_| |_____| __/| | | (_) | (_| __/\__ \__ \ | | | | (_| | |_| \_\\__,_|_.__/ \__, | |_| |_| \___/ \___\___||___/___/_|_| |_|\__, | |___/ |___/ Ruby-Processing is a Ruby wrapper for the Processing code art framework. It's this thin little shim that squeezes between Processing and JRuby, passing along some neat goodies like: * Applet and Application exporting of your sketches. Hand them out to your party guests, ready-to-run. * Live Coding via JRuby's IRB. Loads in your sketch so you can futz with variables and remake methods on the fly. * Bare sketches. Write your Ruby-Processing sketches without having to define a class. Without defining methods, even. * A "Control Panel" library, so that you can easily create sliders, buttons, checkboxes and drop-down menus, and hook them into your sketch's instance variables. * "Watch" mode, where Ruby-Processing keeps an eye on your sketch and reloads it from scratch every time you make a change. A pretty nice REPL-ish way to work on your Processing sketches. If some quality time with Ruby is your idea of a pleasant afternoon, or you harbor ambitions of entering the fast-paced and not altogether cutthroat world of Code Art, then Ruby-Processing is probably something you should try on for size. You can grab it as a gem: sudo gem install ruby-processing ~ But Processing? ~ Processing is an MIT-developed framework for making little code artifacts, animations, visualizations, and the like, developed originally by Ben Fry and Casey Reas, supported by a small army of open-source contributors. Processing has become a sort of standard for visually-oriented programming, strongly influencing the designs of Nodebox, Shoes, Arduino, and other kindred projects. For more information, take a look at http://processing.org/ ~ What does it look like? How does it smell? ~ Processing provides a tidy API, with a bunch of handy methods you can call from Ruby-Processing. Here's a smattering: alpha, arc, background, blend, blue, ellipse, frame_rate, hue, lerp, load_image, load_pixels, mouse_pressed, noise, rect, saturation, shape, smooth, text_align, translate, triangle... And so on, and so forth. See the full list here: http://www.processing.org/reference/index_ext.html ~ How can I learn more? ~ For full, up-to-date info, always check the wiki: http://wiki.github.com/jashkenas/ruby-processing