The toolkit presentations continued after lunch.
Processing - Presented by co-creators Ben Fry and Casey Reas
Should the concept of literacy be expanded to include programming fluency.
Max / MSP / Jitter - Presented by Luke Dubois
Max / MSP / Jitter is a graphical programming environment for music, audio and media. A patcher based languages that shares roots with Pd which was demoed in the morning.
I guess I’m a FLOSS snob; although this environment looks much more polished than Pd, I gave it less attention because it’s a commercial product. (There’s a 30-day trail version, but the full bundle costs $699 USD.)
Also, check out Hello World, The Song (in Max/MSP)
VVVV - Presented by Sebastian Oschatz
Vvvv is a video-synthesis toolkit. The programming interface is similar to the patch-base language we’ve already seen (Pd and Max/MSP), graphical function-blocks connected with wires. For a more detailed look read Ctrl+B For Concurrency.
Of the visual languages presented at the conference, vvvv is the only one I downloaded and experimented with. Oh I do wish for infinite time to play with all these wonderful tools.
Read the vvvv licensing page, commercial vs. non-commercial uses.
This language doesn’t contain any explicit looping structures.
Nerdy VJs would go wild for this.
And then we had a cookie break.
AIR & Extendscript - Present by Dr. WooHoo
Reminder to check out In the Mod.
openFrameworks - Presented by Zachary Lieberman, Theodore Watson, Arturo Castro
openFrameworks is a C++ library for creative coding. It was described as a glue languages wrapping together several commonly-used open-source multimedia libraries. Minimal Design: There are very few classes, and inside of those classes, there are very few functions.
Evening - Dorkbot @ Brillobox
The Dorkbot Pecha Kucha at the Brillobox was fun. I presented early having greatly under-estimated the length of my presentation. The 10 minutes were over quickly, and I fear my last few minutes were a muddle.
Delicious beers were consumed. I chatted with some wonderful people.