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The CompGeoJS Project

December 10, 2013 1 comment

I’ve received a few emails from readers of this (now closed) blog regarding my current development direction.  I’m actually taking some time off after working on a very long Flex gig to get involved in some new stuff.  As I look back over the span of time from 2004 (when I started this blog) to nearly 2014, my two favorite open-source projects were Degrafa and Singularity.  The Singularity project provided an Actionscript library for commonly used tools from the field of computational geometry.  I wrote a series of free TechNotes to explain the mathematics behind the techniques.  Unfortunately, the TechNotes did not follow any reasonable pedagogical order, and I kind of regret the approach.

I’m very interested in reviving this development for the new wave of interactive developers who are concentrating their efforts in HTML 5 and JS.  The goal of the CompGeoJS project is to provide interactive developers with a comprehensive, open-source library for addressing problems arising from the fields of analytic and computational geometry.  Unlike Singularity, the library will be developed first, along with a robust collection of demos and online documentation.  The process will be much more organized this time around and will eventually enable developers to tackle a wide variety of applications such as architecture, floor planning, advanced programmatic animation, and gaming.

Once the library reaches a solid ‘version one’ state, I will write an eBook to accompany the online documentation that discusses the mathematics behind all the tools.  I hope this will be of use to developers who wish to modify the library for very customized uses as well as instructors of numerical analysis and computational geometry.

It’s at a VERY early stage of development, but you can check out what is available right now and where the library is going at the CompGeoJS project home page.

Thanks and enjoy!

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Typescript and Jangaroo

October 5, 2012 2 comments

I think I’m about to set a new personal record for lowest number of posts in a given year. Is it really October already?

Well, at least I’m working and on a pretty interesting project from both a mathematical and programming perspective, so I should be thankful for that.

I am, however, still interested in doing something new and interesting this year and I think it will be along the lines of a computational geometry library and/or version of the Freehand Drawing Library in Javascript.  The CG library is likely to be released through a series of posts in an open-source context similar to the TechNotes series I did in Actionscript for Flash/Flex programmers.  The JS FDL is intended for clients doing mobile development in an HTML/JS environment.  Okay, it’s mostly for me to have fun – I confess! However, an extra license or two never hurt anyone 🙂

To this end, I’m currently looking into both Typescript and Jangaroo.  Coffeescript is on the list as well, but I’m really looking to get back into Visual Studio and C++/C# development, so Typescript has some natural appeal.  Perhaps sufficient time will arise to deep-dive into all three?

I guess we’ll have to wait and see.  Sorry again for the waiting part.  This has been a strange (but fortunately very profitable) year.

Privatizing Freehand Drawing Library

September 7, 2012 1 comment

I’m into an extension of my prior gig, so time is still very limited.  In addition to family issues, what little time remains is dedicated to supporting existing beta users of the Freehand Drawing Library.  And, these users just scored big time.  I’ve decided to keep the library private and license it only to customers, providing requested customization at an hourly rate.

Existing beta users will continue to receive free updates of the core library and the current beta period is now permanently closed.  I will blog about development of the library as a segue into discussing some of the math behind the programming.  I also hope to start a series on computational geometry in Javascript some time this fall.

Thanks for bearing with the extreme lack of posts this year 🙂

Blogging Year in Review

January 1, 2012 2 comments

I never thought much about blog statistics over the prior year until receiving a WordPress summary.  The reflection also caused me to think hard about where I want to take this blog in the upcoming year.  So, here’s a brief look back and a brief look ahead.

Over 230,000 visits to this blog were logged in 2011, not very impressive as I suspect there are many top programmers who receive that many visits in one or two months.  For a blog devoted primarily to applied math with the occasional tennis diversion, I felt that was better than expected.

The most visitors came from the US, followed by the UK, India, South America, and Australia.

The top referring sites were my business site, algorithmist.net, followed by degrafa.org, Facebook, Stack Overflow, and Flashbookmarks.

The most traffic came from search engines and the top search terms were black mathematicians, puremvc tutorial, TRON Clock, and Prince EXO 3 Black.  Where’s my sponsorship from Prince?

The top two posts were from the TRON Clock demo and the top blog commenter was friend and fellow developer, PolyGeek.  I’m guessing he’ll be the first person to respond to this post 🙂

In terms of traffic, the top four posts were Flex-related and number 5 was the Babolat RPM Blast review.  OK, where’s my Babloat sponsorship?

In terms of 2012, I’ll be working a lot on the Freehand Drawing Library and app. development, so I expect personal blog posts to decline.  I’m considering guest posts as a means to keep the content fresh and give others a shot at some exposure.  So, if you are interested in writing posts on applied math or general programming/algorithm topics and have either a resume or personal site to display your background, please email me at theAlgorithmist [at] gmail.com with the subject ‘Guest Posting on The Algorithmist.’  All posts will contain a link to your personal site or a brief bio.

I’ve received a few requests to do a series on vector math and computational Geometry in Javascript.  I probably won’t be able to devote time to this until Q2, but it’s at the top of the ‘new topics.’ list.  Please feel free to suggest other topics of interest and thanks for your visits.  Hope you found something interesting or useful.

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