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Feb. 6th, 2008 | 08:32 pm

Last year I followed the progress of Petri Purho and his Kloonigames Blog where Petri attempted to churn out a simple game once a month. He managed to keep it up for a whole 12 months, and his First Season of games was quite impressive.

As a sort-of new year's resolution I've decided to attempt something similar myself. I like the idea of having regular monthly releases of small programs that when viewed together as a collection might be quite interesting.

So my topic..

Well I've always been interested in fractals, and I see that there is a gap on the web for some nice friendly interactive applets. The current ones on the web are a bit clunky, usually lacking intuitive navigation and requiring that you type in coordinates etc. The ones I create will hopefully be a bit more "google-map-y" in the way you interact.

I have also been impressed with Paul Bourke's Fractal pages for a long while. If I could slowly create something similar but with with small interactive versions, that'd be very cool.

My first applet happens to be late. I was hoping to post it at the end of January. I had the applet ready by then, but unfortunately I wasted about a week trying to get the thing embedded into my Wiki. Tonight I gave up and have decided to simply to place the applet on a static html page, and link to my Wiki instead.

So here it is: http://pauldoo.com/fractals/MandelbrotSet.html

Be kind!
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Anthony Bailey

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from: anthonybailey
date: Feb. 7th, 2008 12:00 am (UTC)
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"I see that there is a gap on the web for some nice friendly interactive applets"

You found and filled that gap. Very nice user experience!

As you probably already know, Dom Crayford has also been attempting something that's vaguelly related along some (fractal) dimension. He claimed when he presented it at the local BarCamp last week-end that the Chaotic Dust site would host the real thing rather than a static image Real Soon Now. It had very elegant aesthetics and neat direct manipulation.

(I think both of you are showing your the influences of your day job.)

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Paul Richards

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from: pauldoo
date: Feb. 7th, 2008 10:48 pm (UTC)
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Thanks for your nice comments. :)

I heard about the BarCamp event (before it occurred) and I'd like to have gone. Unfortunately I was already very busy that weekend. :/

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