Four short links: 27 October 2009

Digital Art Programming, DIY Construction Set, Open Source Pedant, Design Principles

  1. Field — a development environment for “experimental code” and digital art. We think that, for many uses, Field is a better Processing than Processing. Includes Python and Java bridges, goal is to connect to as many different programming systems as possible. OS X only at the moment.
  2. Contraptora DIY open source construction set for experimental personal fabrication, desktop manufacturing, prototyping and bootstrapping. (via Hacker News)
  3. After The Deadline — open source contextual spelling and grammar checker. (via Hacker News)
  4. Design Principles to Choose the Right IdeasOften people ask me how we know which ideas to choose from all the hundreds of ideas we’ve generated during brainstorm sessions. Apart from our gut feelings and experience there’s a method that could help us decide: define design principles. Interesting for the different sets of design principles used by Google and Microsoft teams. (via egoodman on Delicious)
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  • I was curious about After the Deadline, and whether it would make a good plugin for WebGUI, so I went over to their site and tried a demo. It found misspelled words fine, but choked on something easy like “It is never two late two learn something gnu.”

    It knew that gnu was wrong, but didn’t mention anything about two/to.