Posts Tagged ‘funaday’

Hello Fun-A-Day 7!

Tuesday, February 15th, 2011

For this year’s Philadelphia Fun-A-Day project I decided to write “Hello World” programs. “Hello World” is a traditional programming tradition where a programmer encountering a new language writes a trivial program which displays the phrase “Hello World”.

This introduces the programmer to the basic syntax of the language and demonstrates that their development environment is set up properly to work with that language.

Much of our current environment runs on software, which is generally invisible to us, except when a failure impacts our lives. However, software generally starts as human-readable written text, albeit in a highly defined form using specific vocabulary.

This project attempts to make software visible, in at least a trivial way. The words and structure may differ between languages, but each program is a series of instructions to achieve some end – here to issue a friendly “Hello Fun-A-Day 7!”. Hopefully this can serve to demystify software to some degree, and remind us that software, at some point, has been written by a person.

The programs here demonstrate a Fun-A-Day variant on Hello World in several languages. I made an effort to explore historical and modern languages, compiled and interpreted languages, console and graphical programs, but avoided esoteric languages which are often difficult to understand by design.
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Sinatra + Kara == qwerty animals

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

Yesterday I released a small web app; it was my first using the Sinatra microframework for Ruby: http://qwerty.robertcarlsen.net

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The app arranges illustrations of animals wearing lettered t-shirts to create user-supplied messages. Kara Schlindwein created the illustrations as part of her project for the 6th Annual Fun-a-Day project in Philadelphia, and I wrote the first draft of the app while sitting in a chair at the show a couple of weeks ago, still nursing my broken ankle. (more…)

Fun-A-Day 4

Sunday, February 17th, 2008

The fourth annual fun-a-day show was last night at Studio 34 Yoga in West Philadelphia. As always, it was a mad rush to get ready, a blur of an evening then an exhausted aftermath.

Here’s what it looked like compressed to 30 seconds.

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