I’ve always thought that developing for the web was easy and boring – thanks to my computer teacher who taught me html in 8th grade. However, I used to feel a sense of accomplishment when I saw my marquee going across my web page – and change direction when it hits the edge. And soon enough i came to understand that real programming was a world apart from creating simple web pages in html. And I began to look down on web development as something that is less ‘glorious’ than developing desktop applications.
6 years later, I’m the only programmer in the house who can’t put together a (decent)web site.
Back when I was still a school boy my dad’s friend introduced me to this wonderful API called processing. Its built on java and it lets you create colorful graphical applications in no time. Compared to the drab console programming (c++) I was learning at school, processing was a very welcome distraction. I was hooked. It was simple, fast, and so much fun that I soon created the classic pong game in processing. Then the wretched entrance exams got in between and I let processing fade away into some teeny tiny corner of my memory.
Here are some examples : http://www.openprocessing.org/
Now this is a big deal because implementing your applet as javascipt in the canvas does away with the java plugin and the awful loading time. Also, you can write great programs in no time with the processing API and better yet, you can show it off in a WEBSITE!!!!!So I guess practically that makes me a web developer as well! Watch out watch out here I come 😉 . Until next time.