One Word Visualization

I generated, using Processing programming language, a few visualizations of Twitter account names (here and here). The language’s web site introduces Processing well: “Processing is an open source programming language and environment for people who want to create images, animations, and interactions“. There’s also a good introduction to the language available at IBM developerWorks.

The algorithm I used is very simple but results can be quite appealing (well, at least I think so and there’s certain beauty in simplicity…)

The source code of the algorithm is below. The basic idea is to take a single word and based on it’s characters and length, generate random seed, color and (x,y,z)-coordinates in 3D space. Drawing is done one line and one rotation at a time. The final image is ready after five hundred rotations (see the demonstration of the code, requires Java. Also displayed in
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About the history of CLENotes

A little about the history of my open source project Command Line Email Client for Lotus Notes, or CLENotes, available at

The time period of this history is from 2002, when I first released it at IBM alphaWorks, until now, 2011.

This is “reprint” of my entry in developerWorks blog plus some additional comments.

In the beginning: The Reason

History of Lotus Notes Command Line Email Client started around Spring 2002 while my work involved to use some pretty resource-consuming software products in my laptop (Thinkpad T20, if I remember correctly). Continue reading “About the history of CLENotes”