Andy’s Particle Fountain

Andy Berdan created a particle fountain for explode($pizza)->event[1]. He coded it in Lua, for the iPad. He coded it on the iPad, using Codea. If you’d like to see the code, you can grab it here.

When asked if he would use Lua again for game development, Andy said that he would, if it made sense – Lua is an embedded language, so it is not always appropriate.

Here’s a video of Andy’s mesmerizing particle fountain:

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Try This: GO

Check out Google’s new programming language called Go. I’ll be showing off my simple creation made with Go and deployed with Google App Engine at tonight’s explode($pizza) event.

You can play around with Go in an interactive environment here. The documentation and an introductory video can be found at golang.org.

If you do try Go and/or App Engine, let us know how it went! Oh, and bring your creation to the next explode($pizza) event! Seriously, you should *sunglasses* go.

Try This: PHP-GTK

Have you ever wanted to build a desktop application in your favorite programming language, when your favorite programming language is PHP?

Me neither, but it is an interesting thought experiment. PHP-GTK is the tool for you if you’d like to actually try it out!

Try This: Kinect Hacking

After seeing the V Motion Project a couple of weeks ago, I knew that there had to be a way to do something similar with the Kinect and Javascript.

Then I found KinectJS – a Javascript library for taking advantage of the Kinect! Combine this with basically anything on the CreativeJS site, and you can create a really cool interactive display.

Try This: LOLCODE

I’m always trying to think up an excuse to code in LOLCODE. The only real legitimate use that I can think of for this language is to show off at explode($pizza)!

Try reading through this implementation of the “99 bottles of beer” song, written in LOLCODE:

HAI 1.2
HOW DUZ I HOLLAR YR LOLZ
VISIBLE LOLZ
IF U SAY SO
HOW DUZ I SING YR BEER
HOLLAR SMOOSH "I CAN HAZ " AN BEER AN " BOTLEZ O BEER ON TEH WAL !1!!ONE!!"
IF U SAY SO
HOW DUZ I SING_MOAR YR BEER
BEER R DIFF OF BEER AN 1
HOLLAR SMOOSH "TAEK ONE DAOWN AN PASS ITZ ARAOUND " AN BEER AN " BOTLEZ ON TEH WAL !!1!!!1!"
IF U SAY SO
I HAS A BEERZ ITZ 99
IM IN YR PUB UPPIN YR DRINK TIL DIFFRINT DRINK AN SMALLR OF DRINK AN DIFF OF BEERZ AN 1
I HAS A BEER ITZ DIFF OF BEERZ AN DRINK
SING BEER
SING_MOAR BEER
IM OUTTA YR PUB
KTHXBYE

explode($pizza)->event[1]

We’re referring to the first explode($pizza) event that took place in May 2012 as event[0] – we’re funny like that. That makes this event event[1]!

Pick any programming language or framework that you don’t know and build something with it – anything! Then bring it to the UnLab on August 23rd at 7:00pm to show it off – and enjoy free pizza!

This time we’re going to do things a little differently. There will be a secret vote for the “coolest” project – and prizes!

We’ll also be interviewing each creator and putting their story on this site.

Well, what are you waiting for? Register to participate!