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 OpenProcessing.org).
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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 OpenNTF.org.

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”